HUGE WEEK AHEAD

Next week a major deadline looms in the California State Legislature, whereby all bills must be out of policy committee in their second house, or they are “dead.”  More than fifty four bills that we are actively tracking will be heard next week.

Here are just a few bills that will be up with our positions noted:


AB 1330 (Bloom – D) Current law requires the PUC to identify all potentially achievable cost-effective electricity and natural gas efficiency savings and to establish efficiency targets for electrical and gas corporations to achieve. This bill would require the PUC to ensure that there are sufficient moneys available for electrical and gas corporations to meet those efficiency targets, and, if the PUC finds that additional moneys are necessary to meet those targets, to increase available moneys up to 20% per year until the moneys available for energy efficiency savings and demand reduction doubles from the amount authorized on January 1, 2016. SUPPORT

 

SB 32 (Pavley – D) Would require the State Air Resources Board to approve a statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit that is equivalent to 40% below the 1990 level to be achieved by 2030. This bill contains other related provisions.  OPPOSE

 

SB 1190 (Jackson – D) Would prohibit a California Coastal Commission member or an interested person from intentionally conducting any ex parte communication or any oral or written communication regarding a pending enforcement investigation that does not occur in a public hearing, workshop, or other official proceeding, or on the official record of the proceeding on the matter. OPPOSE.

 

SB 1387 (de Leon) Would require a district board to submit to the State Air Resources Board for review and approval the district’s plan for attainment or a revision to that plan, as specified. The bill also would require a district board to submit to the state board for review and approval the district’s market-based incentive program and any revisions to that program, as specified. The bill would prescribe specified actions for the state board to take if the state board determines that a plan for attainment, a revision of a plan for attainment, a market-based incentive program, or a revision to a market-based incentive program do not comply with law. OPPOSE.

 

AB 1928 (Campos – D) Would postpone the date by which the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission is to adopt the performance standards and labeling requirements for landscape irrigation controllers and moisture sensors to January 1, 2018, and would prohibit, on and after January 1, 2020, the sale of that equipment unless it meets the performance standards and labeling requirements. The bill would additionally require the commission, in adopting those standards and requirements, to consider developments in landscape irrigation efficiency occurring on or after January 1, 2010. SUPPORT.

 

AB 2002 (Stone – D) Would require a California Coastal Commission member to fully disclose in writing 24 hours before a commission hearing any ex parte communication conducted within 7 days of the commission hearing relating to a matter that will be discussed at the hearing, and would prohibit a commission member or an interested person from conducting such an ex parte communication within 24 hours before the commission hearing. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws. OPPOSE.

 

AB 2492 (Alejo – D) Current law authorizes certain local agencies to form a community revitalization and investment authority (authority) within a community revitalization and investment area, as defined, to carry out provisions of the Community Redevelopment Law in that area for purposes related to, among other things, infrastructure, affordable housing, and economic revitalization. Current law requires not less than 80% of the land calculated by census tracts or census block groups, as defined by the United States Census Bureau, within the area to be characterized by several conditions, including a condition that the land has an annual median household income of less than 80% of the statewide annual median income. This bill would authorize the calculation to be made with a combination of census tracts and census block groups. SUPPORT.

 

SB 820 (Hertzberg – D) Would extend the repeal date of the California Land Reuse and Revitalization Act of 2004 to January 1, 2027, and would provide that a person who qualifies for immunity under the act before January 1, 2027, shall continue to have that immunity on and after January 1, 2027, if the person continues to be in compliance with the e requirements of the former act. SUPPORT/SPONSOR.

 

SB 1414 (Wolk – D) Would require the Energy Commission, by January 1, 2019, to approve a plan that will promote the installation of central air conditioning and heat pumps in compliance with specified regulations. The bill would authorize the Energy Commission to adopt regulations to increase compliance with permitting and inspection requirements for central air conditioning and heat pumps and associated sales and installations, consistent with that plan. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws. SUPPORT.

 

AB 1330 (Bloom – D) Current law requires the PUC to identify all potentially achievable cost-effective electricity and natural gas efficiency savings and to establish efficiency targets for electrical and gas corporations to achieve. This bill would require the PUC to ensure that there are sufficient moneys available for electrical and gas corporations to meet those efficiency targets, and, if the PUC finds that additional moneys are necessary to meet those targets, to increase available moneys up to 20% per year until the moneys available for energy efficiency savings and demand reduction doubles from the amount authorized on January 1, 2016. SUPPORT.

 

AB 1978 (Gonzalez – D) Would establish specific standards and protections for property service workers, to be known as the Property Service Workers Protection Act, and define terms for its purposes. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.  OPPOSE UNLESS AMENDED.

 

AB 2002 (Stone – D) Would require a California Coastal Commission member to fully disclose in writing 24 hours before a commission hearing any ex parte communication conducted within 7 days of the commission hearing relating to a matter that will be discussed at the hearing, and would prohibit a commission member or an interested person from conducting such an ex parte communication within 24 hours before the commission hearing. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws. OPPOSE.

 

AB 2873 (Thurmond – D) Would require, commencing January 1, 2020, that all building inspectors employed or retained by a local agency who conduct permitting and plan check services to review for compliance with state construction-related accessibility standards by a place of public accommodation with respect to new construction or renovations, including, but not limited to, projects relating to tenant improvements that may impact access, be CASps. By adding to the duties of a local entity, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. SUPPORT.

 

SB 1340 (Wolk – D) The Water Conservation in Landscaping Act requires the Department of Water Resources to update a specified model water efficient landscape ordinance by regulation and prescribes various requirements for the updated model ordinance. Current law requires each local agency to adopt either the updated model water efficient landscape ordinance or an ordinance that is at least as effective in conserving water as the updated model ordinance. If the local agency does not make a selection, the model ordinance shall apply within the jurisdiction of the local agency. This bill would allow the governing body of a local agency to adopt an ordinance prescribing fees for filing an application for the permit, subject to the restrictions that the fees not exceed the amount reasonably required to review applications and issue the permits and that the fees not be levied for general revenue purposes.  SUPPORT.

 

SB 1414 (Wolk – D) Would require the Energy Commission, by January 1, 2019, to approve a plan that will promote the installation of central air conditioning and heat pumps in compliance with specified regulations. The bill would authorize the Energy Commission to adopt regulations to increase compliance with permitting and inspection requirements for central air conditioning and heat pumps and associated sales and installations, consistent with that plan. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws. SUPPORT.

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