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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 444
Ting D)

Amended:   4/18/2017
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Medical waste: home-generated medical waste.
6/8/2017 - Referred to Com. on EQ.
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.
6/14/2017 - Referred to Com. on EQ.
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 906
Bloom D)

Amended:   6/6/2017
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Beverage containers: polyethylene terephthalate.
6/21/2017 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 5. Noes 1.) (June 21). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
Would, on and after October 1, 2018, 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)

Amended:   6/20/2017
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Organic waste: composting.
6/20/2017 - From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to committee. Read second time, amended, and re-referred to Com. on EQ.
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 1158
Chu D)

Amended:   6/21/2017
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Carpet recycling.
6/21/2017 - From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to committee. Read second time, amended, and re-referred to Com. on EQ.
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 revise the requirements for a carpet stewardship plan and would require a carpet stewardship organization to include in its plan, and achieve by January 1, 2020, a 24% recycling rate goal, and other recycling rate goals set by the department in regulation on and after January 1, 2021.  
AB 1219
Eggman D)

Amended:   6/13/2017
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Food donations.
6/21/2017 - VOTE: Do pass, but first be re-referred to the Committee on [Judiciary] with the recommendation: To Consent Calendar
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.
4/28/2017 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(2). (Last location was NAT. RES. on 3/13/2017)(May be acted upon Jan 2018)
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:   5/1/2017
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Solid waste: management: funding.
6/15/2017 - In committee: Set, second hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.
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.
6/7/2017 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (June 7). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
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 1572
Aguiar-Curry D)

Amended:   4/25/2017
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Integrated waste management plans: source reduction and recycling element: review schedule.
6/21/2017 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 6. Noes 0.) (June 21). 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. 
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 212
Jackson D)

Introduced:   2/1/2017
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Medical waste.
5/18/2017 - Referred to Com. on E.S. & T.M.
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:   5/26/2017
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The California Regional Environmental Education Community Network.
6/12/2017 - Referred to Com. on ED.
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.
6/22/2017 - Action From SECOND READING: Read second time and amended.Re-referred to APPR..
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 771
De León D)

Introduced:   2/17/2017
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California Environmental Quality Act: continuing education: public employees.
6/21/2017 - June 26 hearing postponed by committee.
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. 

Total Measures: 16

Total Tracking Forms: 16



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