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Current Priority Bills

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Status of Priority Bills, 2017-2018 Session

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Measure Topic-Status Description
AB 178
Eggman D)

Amended:   4/24/2017
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California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act.
4/25/2017 - Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
The California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act defines the term “beverage” for purposes of the act to include certain types of products in liquid, ready-to-drink form, as specified. The act excludes from the definition of “beverage,” among other products, any product sold in a container that is not an aluminum beverage container, a glass container, a plastic beverage container, or a bimetal container. This bill would eliminate reference to the material from which a beverage container is made in defining the terms “beverage” and “beverage container.” Because redemption payments for the previously excluded beverage container material types made subject to the act by this bill would be deposited in a continuously appropriated fund, the bill would make an appropriation. 
AB 311
Mathis R)

Introduced:   2/6/2017
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Methane: dairy and livestock.
2/7/2017 - From printer. May be heard in committee March 9.
Current law requires the State Air Resources Board, in consultation with the Department of Food and Agriculture, to adopt regulations to reduce methane emissions from livestock manure management operations and dairy manure management operations consistent with the strategy, as specified. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.  
AB 319
Stone, Mark D)

Introduced:   2/6/2017
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Recycling: single-use plastic beverage container caps.
4/17/2017 - In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.
The California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989, which is administered by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, requires every rigid plastic packaging container, as defined, sold or offered for sale in this state, to generally meet one of specified criteria.This bill would prohibit a retailer, on and after January 1, 2020, from selling or offering for sale a single-use plastic beverage container with a cap that is not tethered to or contiguously affixed to the beverage container. The bill would define terms for purposes of these provisions. 
AB 444
Ting D)

Amended:   4/18/2017
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Medical waste: home-generated medical waste.
4/26/2017 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 6. Noes 0.) (April 25). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
The Medical Waste Management Act generally regulates the management and disposal of medical waste.This bill would authorize the California Environmental Protection Agency to develop a statewide program for the collection, transportation, and disposal of home-generated medical waste, as defined. 
AB 509
Frazier D)

Amended:   4/20/2017
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Tire recycling: California tire regulatory fee and waste tire program.
4/24/2017 - Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
Would require, until January 1, 2024, upon a specified finding by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, a waste tire generator that is a retail seller of new tires to end user purchasers to pay a California tire regulatory fee and to remit that fee to the state on a quarterly schedule for deposit in the California Tire Recycling Management Fund. The bill would require the department to track revenue from the California tire regulatory fee separately and would prohibit those funds from being used for activities other than those specified.  
AB 655
O'Donnell D)

Amended:   3/23/2017
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California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program.
4/24/2017 - In committee: Set, first hearing. Failed passage. Reconsideration granted.
The California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program requires the Public Utilities Commission to establish a renewables portfolio standard requiring all retail sellers, as defined, to procure a minimum quantity of electricity products from eligible renewable energy resources, as defined, so that the total kilowatthours sold to their retail end-use customers achieves 25% of retail sales by December 31, 2016, 33% by December 31, 2020, 40% by December 31, 2024, 45% by December 31, 2027, and 50% by December 31, 2030. This bill This bill would provide that a facility engaged in the transformation of municipal solid waste is an eligible renewable energy resource, and can earn renewable energy credits, if it operates, on an annual basis, at not less than 20% below the permitted emissions of air contaminants, or toxic air contaminants concentration limits, for the facility and the operator of the facility has reported its emissions to the applicable air pollution control district or air quality management district for a period of not less than 5 years, as specified. 
AB 881
Gallagher R)

Amended:   3/27/2017
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Property taxation: new construction exclusion: methane digester.
3/28/2017 - Re-referred to Com. on REV. & TAX.
The California Constitution generally limits ad valorem taxes on real property to 1% of the full cash value of that property. For purposes of this limitation, "full cash value" is defined as the assessor's valuation of real property as shown on the 1975-76 tax bill under "full cash value" or, thereafter, the appraised value of that real property when purchased, newly constructed, or a change in ownership has occurred. This bill would exclude from classification as "newly constructed" and "new construction" the construction or addition, on or after January 1, 2018, of a methane digester or methane digester electric generating system, as provided.By imposing new duties upon county assessors, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. 
AB 906
Bloom D)

Amended:   4/17/2017
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Beverage containers: polyethylene terephthalate.
4/27/2017 - Read second time. Ordered to Consent Calendar.
Would define polyethylene terephthalate for the purposes of the labeling requirement as a plastic having certain characteristics, including, among other things, a melting peak temperature, as determined by a specified procedure, within a specified temperature range. Because the mislabeling of a bottle or container made of polyethylene terephthalate that does not meet those physical characteristics would be a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws. 
AB 1036
McCarty D)

Introduced:   2/16/2017
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Organic waste: composting.
4/27/2017 - Read second time. Ordered to Consent Calendar.
Current law requires the California Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Food and Agriculture, with the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, the State Water Resources Control Board, and the State Air Resources Board, to, among other things, assess the state’s progress toward developing the organic waste processing and recycling infrastructure necessary to meet the state goals specified in certain state laws and documents. This bill would require those entities to assess the state’s progress towards developing the organic waste processing and recycling infrastructure necessary to meet the state goals specified in an additional state law, as provided, and would make other changes in these provisions. 
AB 1055
Waldron R)

Amended:   3/21/2017
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Solid waste: plastic products.
3/22/2017 - Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
Currentlaw requires a manufacturer or supplier making an environmental marketing claim relating to the recycled content of a plastic food container product, as defined, to maintain certain information and documentation in support of that claim. Current law requires a manufacturer or supplier to furnish this information to any member of the public upon request or to provide the information and documentation by furnishing a link to a document on its Internet Web site. Existing law repeals these requirements relating to information supporting claims of recycled content for plastic food container products on January 1, 2018. This bill would extend the operation of those requirements to January 1, 2028. 
AB 1147
Salas D)

Introduced:   2/17/2017
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Solid waste: disposal.
4/17/2017 - In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.
Current law provides that a violation of the segregated recycling laws may be charged as either a misdemeanor or an infraction, as specified. Current law authorizes a court, in a civil action by a recycling agent against a person alleged to have violated these laws, to either allow treble damages or award a civil penalty, as specified, against the unauthorized person removing the recyclable material, and to allow treble damages or award a higher civil penalty, as specified, against a person for a second violation and subsequent violations. This bill would subject an unauthorized person to these same penalties and damages for collecting, removing, or transporting solid waste generated by another person on residential, commercial, or industrial premises, except in compliance with applicable law, as specified. 
AB 1158
Chu D)

Amended:   4/17/2017
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Carpet recycling.
4/18/2017 - Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
Current law requires a manufacturer of carpets sold in this state to submit, either individually or through a carpet stewardship organization, a carpet stewardship plan that meets specified requirements to the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery. This bill would create an advisory committee that would be required to make recommendations to manufacturers and carpet stewardship organizations on carpet stewardship plans. The bill would require the Director of Resources Recycling and Recovery, the Speaker of the Assembly, and the Senate Rules Committee to appoint members to the advisory committee, as specified.  
AB 1180
Holden D)

Amended:   4/19/2017
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California tire fee: Stormwater Permit Compliance Fund.
4/26/2017 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 4. Noes 2.) (April 25). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
Would increase the California tire fee by $1.50. The bill would deposit the additional moneys in the Stormwater Permit Compliance Fund, which would be established by the bill, and would make the moneys available to the State Water Resources Control Board Division of Financial Assistance. The bill would continuously appropriate moneys in the fund for competitive grants for projects and programs for municipal storm sewer system permit compliance requirements that would prevent or remediate zinc pollutants caused by tires in the state and for an annual audit of the fund.  
AB 1219
Eggman D)

Amended:   4/3/2017
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Food donations.
4/27/2017 - Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
Current law specifies that a food facility that donates any food that is fit for human consumption at the time it was donated to a nonprofit charitable organization or a food bank is not liable for any damage or injury resulting from the consumption of the donated food, unless the injury resulted from negligence or a willful act in the preparation or handling of the donated food. This bill, the California Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, would expand these provisions to persons and gleaners who donate food, as defined. The bill would also expand these provisions to include the donation of food directly to end recipients.  
AB 1287
Acosta R)

Introduced:   2/17/2017
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Solid waste: plastic products.
3/13/2017 - Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
Current law, until January 1, 2018, requires a manufacturer or supplier of plastic products making an environmental marketing claim relating to the recycled content of a plastic food container product to maintain specified information and documentation in written form in its records in support of that claim, and to provide that information and documentation upon request or on the Internet, as specified. This bill would extend the operation of that provision indefinitely.  
AB 1288
Eggman D)

Amended:   4/18/2017
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Solid waste: charges.
4/27/2017 - From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 7. Noes 1.) (April 24).
Current law requires methane emissions reduction goals to include specified targets for reducing organic waste in landfills. Current law requires the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, in consultation with the State Air Resources Board, to adopt regulations that achieve the specified targets for reducing organic waste in landfills. This bill would require the department, in adopting those regulations, to conduct at least one public workshop to discuss funding strategies for new and expanded organic waste reduction infrastructure, including, but not limited to, existing public and private funding models and opportunities for new statewide funding sources. 
AB 1294
Berman D)

Amended:   4/17/2017
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Solid waste: plastic products.
4/27/2017 - Read second time. Ordered to Consent Calendar.
Current law, until January 1, 2018, requires a manufacturer or supplier of plastic products making an environmental marketing claim relating to the recycled content of a plastic food container product to maintain specified information and documentation in written form in its records in support of that claim. Current law provides for the imposition of a civil penalty by a city, county, or the state for a violation of those provisions. This bill would extend indefinitely the provision concerning recycled content market claims. 
AB 1342
Flora R)

Amended:   4/27/2017
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Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund: healthy forest programs, organic waste projects, and recycling projects.
4/27/2017 - Read second time and amended.
Would make moneys from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, upon appropriation, available to the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection for healthy forest programs that reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by uncontrolled wildfires, as specified; to the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery for instate organic waste recycling projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as specified; and to the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery for instate recycling projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help achieve the state’s policy goal that not less than 75% of solid waste generated be source reduced, recycled, or composted by the year 2020. 
AB 1417
Cunningham R)

Introduced:   2/17/2017
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California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act.
2/19/2017 - From printer. May be heard in committee March 21.
The money in the California Beverage Container Recycling Fund is continuously appropriated to the department to pay, among other things, handling fees to supermarket sites, nonprofit convenience zone recyclers, and rural region recyclers. Existing law requires every dealer to post a clear and conspicuous sign at each public entrance to the dealer’s place of business that specifies certain information relating to beverage container recycling opportunities. This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.  
AB 1522
Limón D)

Introduced:   2/17/2017
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Beverage containers.
2/19/2017 - From printer. May be heard in committee March 21.
The California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act, requires that every beverage container sold or offered for sale in this state have a minimum refund value. The act requires a beverage manufacturer to clearly indicate on all beverage containers sold or offered for sale by the beverage manufacturer a specified message relating to the beverage container’s redemption value or refund by either printing or embossing the beverage container or by securely affixing a clear and prominent stamp, label, or other device to the beverage container. This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.  
AB 1572
Aguiar-Curry D)

Amended:   4/25/2017
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Integrated waste management plans: source reduction and recycling element: review schedule.
4/26/2017 - Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
The California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989 requires each city, county, and regional agency, if any, to develop a source reduction and recycling element of an integrated waste management plan containing specified components. Those entities are required to divert 50% of all solid waste subject to the element through source reduction, recycling, and composting, except as specified. Current law requires the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, until January 1, 2018, to review a jurisdiction’s compliance with those diversion requirements every 2 or 4 years. This bill would postpone the repeal of that conditional review schedule, and postpone the corresponding operation of the department’s 2-year review schedule, to January 1, 2022. 
AB 1659
Low D)

Amended:   4/4/2017
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Food Service Plastic Packaging Recovery and Recycling Stewardship Act.
4/24/2017 - In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.
Would authorize a material recovery facility to send residual materials containing plastic packaging to a secondary sorting facility with the capacity of sorting or separating plastic packaging material from the residual material for recycling. The bill would encourage a solid waste landfill that receives solid waste that contains plastic packaging to send the plastic packaging to a material recovery facility, secondary sorting facility, or to a recycling facility that has the capability to sort, separate, or recycle plastic packaging material. 
SB 60
Glazer D)

Introduced:   12/21/2016
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Recycling: beverage containers: convenience zones.
2/15/2017 - February 15 hearing: Testimony taken. Hearing postponed by committee.
Would, until July 1, 2017, exempt from the requirement that each convenience zone be served by at least one certified recycling center (1) a convenience zone that was served by or exempted because of a recycling center that closed between January 1, 2016, and March 31, 2016, or that is closed as a result of an action taken by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery on or after July 1, 2016, and (2) a convenience zone that is in a jurisdiction with a land use restriction that prevents the siting or operation of a certified recycling center on or after July 1, 2016.  
SB 168
Wieckowski D)

Amended:   4/6/2017
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Beverage Container Recycling Act of 2017.
4/20/2017 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 5. Noes 0.) (April 19). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
Would require distributors of beverage containers in the state to form a beverage container stewardship organization. The organization would be required to develop and submit a plan and budget for the recovery and recycling of empty beverage containers similar to that described in the Used Mattress Recovery and Recycling Act, and would require the organization to establish a stewardship fee, to be paid by distributor members of the organization, to assist in covering the costs of implementing the program.  
SB 212
Jackson D)

Introduced:   2/1/2017
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Medical waste.
4/18/2017 - In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.
Current law, the Medical Waste Management Act, administered by the State Department of Public Health, regulates the management and handling of medical waste, as defined.This bill add to the act a definition of “home-generated pharmaceutical waste” as a prescription or over-the-counter human or veterinary home-generated pharmaceutical that is waste and is derived from a household, including, but not limited to, a multifamily residence or household. 
SB 424
Allen D)

Amended:   4/24/2017
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The California Regional Environmental Education Community Network.
4/24/2017 - Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
Would establish the California Regional Environmental Education Community Network under the direction and control of a 5-member governing board appointed, as specified, for the purpose of facilitating the implementation of high quality environmental literacy in California public schools, as specified. The bill would require the Superintendent of Public Instruction, with the approval of that governing board, to provide a grant to a local educational agency or consortium of local educational agencies to serve as the fiscal agent for the California Regional Environmental Education Community Network who shall be charged with specified duties. 
SB 458
Wiener D)

Amended:   3/20/2017
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Beverage container recycling: San Francisco Mobile Recycling Program.
3/29/2017 - March 29 hearing: Testimony taken. Hearing postponed by committee.
Would authorize the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to certify one or more operators to establish the San Francisco Mobile Recycling Program that incorporates all convenience zones in the City and County of San Francisco and would impose similar program requirements. The bill would authorize the department to change the number of recycling center locations required by the program, as specified, as long as convenient recycling opportunities are still available under the program.  
SB 555
Morrell R)

Introduced:   2/16/2017
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Regulations: 5-year review and report.
3/28/2017 - March 28 set for first hearing. Failed passage in committee. (Ayes 5. Noes 3.) Reconsideration granted.
Would require a state agency to review and report on regulations that it adopts or amends on and after January 1, 2018, 5 years after adoption, as specified. The bill would require that the review and report include 10 specified factors, including a summary of the written criticisms of the regulation received by the agency within the immediately preceding 5 years and the estimated economic, small business, and consumer impact of the regulation. The bill would require the Office of Administrative Law to make the review and report available on the office’s Internet Web site. 
SB 659
Stern D)

Introduced:   2/17/2017
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Alternative energy financing.
3/9/2017 - Referred to Com. on RLS.
The California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority Act authorizes the authority, until January 1, 2021, to provide financial assistance in the form of a sales and use tax exclusion for certain projects, with the purpose of promoting California-based manufacturing, California-based jobs, advanced manufacturing, the reduction of greenhouse gases, or the reduction in air and water pollution or energy consumption. The act prohibits the sales and use tax exclusions from exceeding $100,000,000 for each calendar year. This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to these provisions and would delete an obsolete provision.  
SB 705
Allen D)

Amended:   4/26/2017
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Solid waste: expanded polystyrene food service containers.
4/26/2017 - Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
Would enact the Ocean Pollution Reduction Act of 2017, which would prohibit a food provider, on and after January 1, 2020, from dispensing prepared food to a customer in an expanded polystyrene food service container. The bill would authorize a city, a county, a city and county, or the state to impose civil liability on a person or entity that knowingly violates that prohibition, or reasonably should have known that it was violating that prohibition, in the amount of $1,000 per day for the first violation, $2,000 per day for the second violation, and $5,000 per day for the third and subsequent violations.  
SB 771
De León D)

Introduced:   2/17/2017
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California Environmental Quality Act: continuing education: public employees.
4/18/2017 - Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
Would establish a continuing education requirement for employees of public agencies who have responsibility for overseeing compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act. Because this bill would require a public agency to ensure that this continuing education requirement is met, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws. 
SB 780
Wiener D)

Amended:   4/4/2017
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Water Conservation in Landscaping Act.
4/21/2017 - Set for hearing May 1.
Would authorize the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to promote the application of compost in urban areas of the state to assist with projects that follow the watershed approach to landscaping and, in coordination with the Department of Water Resources, to develop and implement pilot projects that support the understanding and deployment of compost to meet specified goals. The bill would also require the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, in coordination with the State Air Resources Board, to develop a greenhouse gas emissions reduction factor for new climate appropriate landscapes, as provided. 

Total Measures: 32

Total Tracking Forms: 32



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