Legislative Update - August 2015
Currently the Capitol is on summer recess, but we expect some exciting time between now and September. Here is a summary activities on key bills that AEP has been tracking and commenting on. The full bill summary report is available here.
Senate Bill (SB) 32 (Pavley) “California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: emissions limit” – The bill would require the State Air Resources Board to approve new statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) emission limits: 40% below the 1990 level to be achieved by 2030 and 80% below the 1990 level to be achieved by 2050. The bill also includes the establishment of an interim GHG level target for 2040. There has been a great deal of interest and concern regarding this bill and several amendments have been proposed by interest groups including AEP associated with the future implementation of these targets.
SB 122 (Jackson) “CEQA: record of proceedings” – The bill would establish a procedure for the preparation and certification of the record of proceedings upon the filing of an action or proceeding challenging action on the project and compliance with CEQA. The bill would also provide for the preparation of the record of proceedings concurrently with the preparation of the environmental document. This bill is currently in the Assembly Appropriations suspense file.
SB 350/AB 645 (DeLeon/Williams) “Renewable Energy – Portfolio Standards” – These bills would increase the renewable portfolio standards for total electricity generated in the state to 50% by 2030. These bills are before the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
Assembly Bill (AB) 291 (Medina) “CEQA: notices of determination on water projects” – The bill would require that certain water projects to file the Notice of Determination (NOD) with the county clerk in the principal county the project is located and transmit copies of the NOD to counties where the project is located. The bill is being held in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee and will become a 2-year bill.
AB 779 (Garcia) “CEQA: transit priority areas” – The bill would authorize the Office of Planning and Research to determine that transportation projects for residential and mixed-use projects in transit priority areas do not meet the threshold of significance. The bill is being held in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee and will become a 2-year bill.