Climate and the Environment

From devastating natural disasters to asthma caused by air pollution, the environment impacts us all every day. In California, we are doing our part to curb the negative effects of climate change through legislation. Thanks to our prioritized investments in green jobs, the reduction of toxic emissions, and the people of California doing their part, we have surpassed our climate goals years ahead of schedule. With willfully ignorant policies at the federal level, it's up to California to take the lead and protect our environment for our children, grandchildren and beyond. We are up to the challenge.

AB 38 (Wood): Among other things, required specified disclosures for the sale of real property in a high or Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone (VHFHSZ) related to fire safety including home hardening and defensible space. Signed by the Governor.

AB 454 (Kalra): California Migratory Bird Protection Act. Created statewide protection of migratory birds as a backstop the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Signed by the Governor.

AB 995 (C. Garcia): Would improve the transparency and accountability of the Department of Toxic Substances, strengthen financial assurances for facilities managing hazardous waste, require permitting of hazardous waste facilities to occur in a timely manner, and increase industry fees to pay for the department’s regulatory work. Signed by the Governor.

AB 1057 (Limon): Improved the state’s ability to require additional financial assurances from oil companies to assure sufficient funds are available to plug and abandon the company’s oil wells. Signed by the Governor.

AB 1162 (Kalra): Phased in a ban on small plastic personal care product bottles that are given in hotels. Signed by the Governor.

AB 1680 (Limon): Required the California Coastal Commission to develop a new coastal access program at Hollister Ranch. Until the passage of this bill, residents at Hollister Ranch had effectively prevented public access to the state beach in violation of the California Coastal Act. Signed by the Governor.

AB 3074 (Friedman): establishes, upon appropriation, an ember-resistant zone within five feet of a structure as part of the defensible space requirements for structures located in specified high fire hazard areas. Requires removal of material from the ember-resistant zone based on the probability that vegetation and fuel will lead to ignition of the structure by ember. Signed by the Governor.

SB 182 (Jackson): Imposes additional fire hazard planning responsibilities on local governments, requires counties and cities to make specified findings before taking certain development actions in very high fire risk areas, requires related fire planning and review by multiple state agencies, and creates a grant program for small jurisdictions to implement this bill's requirements. Signed by the Governor.

SB 210 (Leyva): Created the Heavy-Duty Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Program to improve compliance of non-gasoline heavy-duty vehicles. Emissions from these diesel trucks are not only a potent greenhouse gas, but also are carcinogenic and pose a significant public health burden on those communities adjacent to major trucking pathways. Signed by the Governor.

SB 200 (Monning): Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Act. Signed by the Governor.