2019 Legislative Tracking

The below list of bills related to climate change, particularly adaptation, are being tracked by ARCCA as a resource to its members and adaptation professionals in California. Please note that descriptions are pulled directly from the bill text in the Legislative Counsel’s Digest without any analysis, and some descriptions only include a portion of the summary. If you are interested in a particular bill, we encourage you to follow the link (bill number) to read the full text.

Last updated: Monday, June 17th at 1:30 PM

Active Bills

AB-65 (Petrie-Norris) Coastal protection: climate adaption: project prioritization.

Status: 6/13 – From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on EQ. with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 8. Noes 0.) (June 11).

Description: This bill would require specified things of the [State Coastal Conservancy] when it allocates any funding appropriated pursuant to the act, including that it prioritize projects that use natural infrastructure, as defined, to help adapt to climate change. The bill would require the conservancy to provide information to the Office of Planning and Research on any projects funded pursuant to the above provision to be considered for inclusion into the clearinghouse for climate adaption information. The bill would authorize the conservancy to provide technical assistance to coastal communities to better assist them with their projects that use natural infrastructure.


AB-235 (Mayes) Electrical corporations: local publicly owned electric utilities: California Wildfire Catastrophe Fund Act.

Status: 5/29 – Referred to Com. on E., U. & C.

Description: Existing law authorizes the commission, in a proceeding on an application by an electrical corporation to recover costs and expenses arising from a catastrophic wildfire occurring on or after January 1, 2019, to allow cost recovery if the costs and expenses are just and reasonable, after consideration of the conduct of the utility. In evaluating the reasonableness of the costs and expenses, the commission is required to consider the conduct of the electrical corporation and relevant information submitted into the commission record, including in 12 specified areas.

Notwithstanding the commission’s determination of whether the costs and expenses are just and reasonable as described above, when determining recovery by an electrical corporation for costs and expenses arising from a catastrophic wildfire occurring on or after January 1, 2019, this bill would authorize the commission to consider the electrical corporation’s financial status and determine the maximum amount the corporation can pay without harming ratepayers or materially impacting the electrical corporation’s ability to provide adequate and safe service.


AB-296 (Cooley) Climate change: Climate Innovation Commission: voluntary tax contributions.

Status: 6/12 – Referred to Coms. on EQ. and GOV. & F.

Description: This bill would establish the Climate Innovation Grant Program, to be administered by the Strategic Growth Council. The program would award grants for the development and research of new innovations and technologies that either reduce emissions of greenhouse gases or address impacts caused by climate change. The bill would establish the Climate Innovation Fund, a special fund, in the State Treasury and would continuously appropriate the moneys in the fund to the council for purposes of the program. The bill would repeal the program on January 1, 2031. This bill would allow an individual to designate on their tax return that a specified amount in excess of their personal income tax liability be transferred to the Climate Innovation Voluntary Tax Contribution Account, which would be created by this bill. The bill would conform with those aforementioned administrative requirements by continuously appropriating those funds to the Franchise Tax Board and the Controller for administrative costs and to the Climate Innovation Fund, as specified. The bill would also conform by requiring the Strategic Growth Council to comply with certain internet website reporting requirements. The bill would repeal these provisions as of December 1 of the year that the minimum contribution amount of $250,000 is not met or by the specified repeal date. By continuously appropriating these funds, the bill would make an appropriation.


AB-409 (Limón) Climate change: agriculture: grant program.

Status: 6/13 – From committee chair, with author’s amendments: Amend, and re-refer to committee. Read second time, amended, and re-referred to Com. on N.R. & W.

Description: This bill would require the council to establish and administer a competitive provide guidance in the development of, to coordinate the activities of member agencies of the council for, and to designate a state agency or department to administer, a grant program, known as the Agricultural Climate Adaptation Tools Program, as specified, to provide funding for activities that include development of specified planning tools, to be available in the public domain, for adapting to climate change in the agricultural sector, conducting specified pilot projects in the central valley, central coast, and desert regions of the state, and holding trainings for technical assistance providers on how to use the specified planning tools. The bill would require the council, no later than June 30, 2020, to make available, upon appropriation, up to $2,000,000 to fund the grant program, as specified. The bill would require the council to provide to the office the planning tools developed as part of the grant program for incorporation into the clearinghouse for climate adaptation information, and information on any projects funded pursuant to these provisions for possible incorporation into the clearinghouse for climate adaptation information.


AB-552 (Stone) Coastal resources: Coastal Adaptation, Access, and Resilience Program

Status: 5/29 – Referred to Com. on N.R. & W.

Description: This bill would establish the Coastal Adaptation, Access, and Resilience Program for the purpose of funding specified activities intended to help the state prepare, plan, and implement actions to address and adapt to sea level rise and coastal climate change. The bill would create the Coastal Adaptation, Access, and Resilience Fund in the State Treasury, and would authorize the California Coastal Commission and specified state agencies to expend moneys in the fund, upon appropriation in the annual Budget Act, to take actions, based upon the best scientific information, that are designed to address and adapt to sea level rise and coastal climate change, as prescribed. The bill would require the Natural Resources Agency to annually make available information regarding any activity funded under the program on a publicly accessible internet website. The bill would also require the Director of State Planning and Research to consider the program in its administration of the Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program.

This bill would require, for the 2020–21 fiscal year and for each fiscal year thereafter, an amount not less than 30% of those moneys funds received by the commission and required to be deposited into the General Fund by the commission pursuant to those provisions, except as provided, be transferred to the Coastal Adaptation, Access, and Resilience Fund and made available, upon appropriation in the annual Budget Act, for expenditure for purposes of the Coastal Adaptation, Access, and Resilience Program.


AB-638 (Gray) Department of Water Resources: water storage capacity.

Status: 6/11 – From committee chair, with author’s amendments: Amend, and re-refer to committee. Read second time, amended, and re-referred to Com. on RLS.

Description: This bill would require the [Department of Water Resources], on or before December 31, 2023, with updates every 5 years thereafter, to identify water storage facilities vulnerable to climate change impacts and the mitigation strategies for anticipated adverse impacts, as provided. The bill would require the department to publish this information on the department’s publicly available internet website and to provide a copy of the information to the appropriate policy committees of the Legislature. The bill would require the department, subject to an appropriation, to mitigate, or make grants available for the mitigation of, adverse impacts to water storage facilities caused by climate change, as specified.


AB-660 (Levine) Building energy efficiency standards: solar reflectance of roofs.

Status: 6/10 – In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.

Description: This bill would require the commission to increase the minimum aged solar reflectance requirements for steep roofs and for low-slope roofs on high-rise residential buildings, to take effect on January 1, 2030, to unspecified amounts. The bill would authorize the commission to exempt buildings in certain climate zones from these requirements if it determines that the increase in the minimum aged solar reflectance requirements would not be cost effective in those particular climate zones.[State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission], during each of the next 4 triennial code adoption cycles after January 1, 2020, to consider amendments to the roof replacement building standards for alterations to existing low-rise residential buildings to achieve the goals of increasing the value of minimum aged solar reflectance to 0.40 from 0.20 and expanding the range of climate zones in which the minimum aged solar reflectance values are prescribed for those alterations.


AB-661 (McCarty) Wildfire Smoke Air Pollution Emergency Plan: Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District.

Status: 6/06 – Referred to Com. on EQ.

Description: This bill would require air districts the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District to prepare a wildfire smoke air pollution emergency plan as an informational source for local agencies and the public during a wildfire smoke air pollution emergency, as specified. The bill would authorize air districts to conduct public education, marketing, demonstration, monitoring, research, and evaluation programs or projects with respect to wildfire smoke impact control measures. By requiring air districts the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District to develop a wildfire smoke air pollution emergency plan, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.


AB-740 (Burke) Wildfires: California Catastrophic Wildfire Victims Fund.

Status: 6/12 – Referred to Coms. on INS., E., U. & C. and GOV. & F.

Description: This bill would establish the Climate Change Catastrophe Compensation California Catastrophic Wildfire Victims Fund, the purpose of which will be to ensure that victims of catastrophic wildfires caused by climate change are compensated in a timely manner, to provide reimbursements to victims for a portion of those wildfire losses, and to avoid lengthy legal proceedings. The bill would specify that the funding sources for the fund include the State Budget process. The bill would require an electrical corporation and its shareholders to annually set aside funding that would be used to reimburse the fund if the electrical corporation is determined to be responsible for a wildfire by the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and that determination is sustained by a final judgment. The bill would establish the California Climate Change Catastrophe Compensation Catastrophic Wildfire Victims Fund Commission within the Department of Insurance, which would be composed of 13 members, including the Insurance Commissioner, the Director of the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and 8 members with specified expertise appointed by the Governor, who would serve staggered, 3-year terms. The bill would require the California Climate Change Catastrophe Compensation Catastrophic Wildfire Victims Fund Commission to oversee the fund, and would authorize the commission to expand reimbursement to losses after a state of emergency, other than a wildfire, that is related to climate change and declared by the Governor.


AB-747 (Levine) Planning and zoning: general plan: safety element.

Status: 6/05 – From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (June 5). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

Description: This bill would require the safety element’s address of bill, upon the next revision of a local hazard mitigation plan on or after January 1, 2020, or beginning on or before January 1, 2021, if a local jurisdiction has not adopted a local hazard mitigation plan, would require the safety element to be reviewed and updated as necessary to identify evacuation routes to include their capacity and their capacity, safety, and viability under a range of emergency scenarios. The bill would authorize a city or county that has adopted a local hazard mitigation plan, emergency operations plan, or other document that fulfills commensurate goals and objectives to use that information in the safety element to comply with this requirement by summarizing and incorporating by reference that other plan or document in the safety element.


AB-836 (Wicks) Wildfire Smoke Clean Air Centers for Vulnerable Populations Incentive Program.

Status: 6/12 – Referred to Com. on EQ.

Description: This bill would establish the Bay Area Wildfire Smoke Clean Air Centers for Vulnerable Populations Incentive Program, to be administered by the district, state board, to provide funding through a grant program to retrofit ventilation systems to create a network of clean air centers within the boundaries of the district in order to mitigate the adverse public health impacts due to wildfires and other smoke events, as specified. The bill would specify that moneys for the program would be available upon appropriation. By adding to the duties of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.


AB-839 (Mullin) Climate adaptation: strategy: Adaptation through Resiliency, Economic Vitality, and Equity Account.

Status: 6/10 – From committee chair, with author’s amendments: Amend, and re-refer to committee. Read second time, amended, and re-referred to Com. on N.R. & W.

Description: This bill would require the Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency, on or before July 1, 2021, to review the plan and develop a strategic resiliency framework, as specified. The bill would require the secretary to coordinate with the Insurance Commissioner on developing policies for industry to provide reduced premiums for projects and development that improve resiliency, consistent with the framework. The bill would require updates to the plan to include a review of the progress made implementing past plans and an evaluation of each lead agency’s lead adaptation efforts, as well as a detailed description of the framework developed by the secretary. The bill would require each state agency identified in the framework to report to the secretary progress completing the recommendations and actions.

The bill would create the Adaptation through Resiliency, Economic Vitality, and Equity Account in the State Treasury, with moneys in the account, upon appropriation, to be allocated to provide financial assistance in the form of grants and financing financing, as defined, for climate adaptation projects that achieve the recommendations and actions called for in the framework. The bill would require the secretary, in consultation with the Treasurer and the Director of State Planning and Research, to develop grants and innovative financial mechanisms financing to implement the recommendations and actions called for in the framework, as specified.


AB-933 (Petrie-Norris) Ecosystem resilience: watershed protection: watershed coordinators.

Status: 6/06 – Referred to Com. on N.R. & W.

Description: This bill would authorize the [Department of Conservation], to the extent funds are available, to establish and administer the Ecosystem Resilience Program to fund watershed coordinator positions, as provided, and other necessary costs, throughout the state for the purpose of achieving specified goals, including the goal of developing and implementing to develop and implement watershed improvement plans plans, and other enhancement plans, aligned with multiple statewide and regional objectives across distinct bioregions. The bill would authorize the department to develop performance measures and accountability controls to track progress and outcomes. The bill would require, on or before January 31, 2022, and every 3 years thereafter, until January 31, 2028, the department to track and report> those outcomes to the relevant fiscal and policy committees of the Legislature. The bill would require the department to adopt guidelines, as provided, to implement the above provisions.


AB-975 (Calderon) Environmental protection: California Adaptation Leadership and Coordination Act of 2019.

Status: 6/06 – In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.

Description: This bill would establish the California Adaptation Leadership and Coordination Act of 2019, which would require the Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency, in coordination with the Governor’s office, to communicate with other countries, states, regional collaboratives, and subnational governments to support and promote the state’s goals and policies relating to ocean, coastal, and terrestrial adaptation, and would require the secretary to take specified actions all action necessary when collaborating with other countries, states, regional collaboratives, and subnational governments related to accomplishing those goals and policies, as prescribed. The bill would authorize the secretary, where appropriate, to direct the Ocean Protection Council, or any other board, department, or office within the agency, to support the implementation of the act. The bill would require the secretary to prepare and submit to the appropriate legislative committees an annual report on the progress made during the preceding year regarding those actions the secretary is required to take under the act.


AB-1111 (Friedman) Outdoor recreation: Office of Outdoor Recreation: California Outdoor Recreation Account.

Status: 6/12 – Referred to Coms. on N.R. & W. and G.O.

Description: This bill would establish the Office of Outdoor Recreation in state government. the Office of the Governor. The bill would require the office to undertake certain activities, including supporting the outdoor recreation economy and working toward equitable access to outdoor areas of the state by engaging in specified activities. The bill would also require the office to create an advisory committee to provide advice, expertise, support, and service to the office.

The bill would authorize the office to receive assistance and funds from public and private sources, and would require that the moneys received by the office pursuant to this provision or appropriated by the Legislature for purposes of the bill be deposited in the California Outdoor Recreation Account, which the bill would create.


AB-1124 (Maienschein)Employment safety: outdoor workers: wildfire smoke.

Status: 6/12 – From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 5. Noes 0.) (June 12). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

Description: This bill would require, by June 13, July 18, 2019, the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board to adopt emergency regulations that require employers to make respirators available to outdoor workers on any day the outdoor worker could reasonably be expected to be exposed to harmful levels of smoke from wildfires, or burning structures due to a wildfire, while working. By expanding the scope of an existing crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.


SB-5 (Beall, McGuire, Portantino) Affordable Housing and Community Development Investment Act

Status: 6/10 – Referred to Coms. on H. & C.D. and L. GOV.

Description: This bill would establish in state government the Affordable Housing and Community Development Investment Program, which would be administered by the Affordable Housing and Community Development Investment Committee. The bill would authorize a city, county, city and county, joint powers agency, enhanced infrastructure financing district, affordable housing authority, community revitalization and investment authority, transit village development district, or a combination of those entities, to apply to the Affordable Housing and Community Development Investment Committee to participate in the program and would authorize the committee to approve or deny plans for projects meeting specific criteria. The bill would also authorize certain local agencies to establish an affordable housing and community development investment agency and authorize an agency to apply for funding under the program and issue bonds, as provided, to carry out a project under the program.

The bill would require the Affordable Housing and Community Development Investment Committee to adopt guidelines for plans. Subject to the Legislature enacting a budget bill for the applicable fiscal year that specifies the amount for the committee to allocate pursuant to the program, the bill would require the committee to approve no more than $200,000,000 per year from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2026, and $250,000,000 per year from July 1, 2026, to June 30, 2030, in transfers from a county’s ERAF for applicants for plans approved pursuant to this program. This bill would provide that eligible projects include, among other things, the predevelopment, development, acquisition, rehabilitation, and preservation of workforce and affordable housing, certain transit-oriented development, and projects promoting strong neighborhoods.

The bill would require the Affordable Housing and Community Development Investment Committee, upon approval of a plan and subject to specified conditions, to issue an order directing the county auditor to transfer ad valorem property tax revenue from the county’s ERAF into the Affordable Housing and Community Development Investment Fund, which is created by this bill in the treasury of each county, and allocate moneys in that fund as directed by the committee, as specified. The bill would require the auditor, if the applicant is an enhanced infrastructure financing district, affordable housing authority, affordable housing and community development investment agency, transit village development district, or community revitalization investment authority, to transfer to the city or county that created the authority or district an amount of property tax revenue equal to the amount approved by the Affordable Housing and Community Development Investment Committee for that authority or district. The bill would require the city or county that created the district to, upon receipt, transfer those funds to the authority or district in an amount equal to the affordable housing and community development investment amount for that authority or district. By imposing additional duties on local officials, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would authorize applicants to use approved amounts to incur debt or issue bonds or other financing to support an approved project.

Funding allocated to the program shall be used to support a plan that includes affordable housing. Subject to paragraph (2), eligible uses of this funding include:

(E) Protecting communities dealing with the effects of climate change, including, but not limited to, sea level rise, wildfires, seismic safety, and flood protection. Eligible projects include the construction, repair, replacement, and maintenance of infrastructure related to protecting communities from climate change.


SB-69 (Wiener) Ocean Resiliency Act of 2019.

Status: 6/13 – June 18 hearing postponed by committee.

Description: This bill would require the agency to inventory the state’s existing coastal wetlands resources and prepare a new study that meets these goals, and to submit the study to the Legislature on or before January 1, 2023. The bill would require the study to be updated, at a minimum, once every 5 years after January 1, 2023.

Note: The Legislative Counsel’s Digest for this bill is lengthy. Please review the full bill language for additional context.

SB-160 (Jackson) Emergency services: cultural competence.

Status: 6/06 – Referred to Com. on G.O.

Description: This bill would require a county to integrate cultural competence, as defined, into its emergency plan, upon the next update to its emergency plan, as specified. The bill would also require a county to provide a forum for community engagement in geographically diverse locations in order to engage with culturally diverse communities, as defined, within its jurisdiction. By increasing the duties of local officials, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.


SB-168 (Wieckowski) Climate change: Chief Climate Resilience Officer.

Status: 6/06 – Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.

Description: This bill would establish the Chief Climate Resilience Officer Officer, appointed by the Governor and subject to confirmation by the Senate, in the Office of Planning and Research to serve as the statewide lead for planning and coordination of climate adaptation policy and implementation in California, and would specify the duties of the chief officer. The bill would make the chief officer, or the chief officer’s designee, a member of the advisory council and would designate the chief officer, or the chief officer’s designee, as the chair of the advisory council. The bill would include additional expertise members of the advisory council are to have. The bill would specify that members of the advisory council serve staggered 4-year terms, except as provided.


SB-182 (Jackson) General plans: safety element

Status: 6/13 – Re-referred to Coms. on H. & C.D. and L. GOV. pursuant to Assembly Rule 96.

Description: This bill would require a city or county that contains a wildland-urban interface very high fire risk area, as defined, upon each revision of the housing element on or after January 1, 2021, to amend the land use element of its general plan to contain, among other things, the locations of all wildland-urban interface very high fire risk areas within the city or county and feasible implementation measures designed to carry out specified objectives goals, objectives, and policies relating to the protection of lives and property from unreasonable risk of wildfire. The bill would require the city or county to complete a review of, and make findings related to, wildfire risk reduction standards, as defined, upon each subsequent revision of the housing element, as provided. The bill would require the State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection to review the findings and make recommendations, as provided.

The bill would additionally require the Office of the State Fire Marshal, in consultation with the Office of Planning and Research, on or before January 1, 2023, to review the wildfire risk reduction standards and specified wildfire risk reduction standards that meet certain requirements, adopt reasonable standards for third-party inspection and certifications for a specified enforcement program, and update the maps of the very high fire hazard severity zones, as specified.

This bill would require a city or county that contains a wildland-urban interface very high fire risk area, within 12 months following the amendment of the city or county’s land use element, to adopt a wildland-urban interface very high fire risk overlay zone or otherwise amend its zoning ordinance so that it is consistent with the general plan, as specified.

This bill would additionally prohibit the legislative body of a city or county that contains a wildland-urban interface very high fire risk area, upon the effective date of the revision of the city or county’s land use element, from entering into a development agreement for property that is located within a wildland-urban interface very high fire risk area, approving specified discretionary permits or other discretionary entitlements for projects located within awildland-urban interface very high fire risk area, or approving a tentative map or a parcel map for which a tentative map was not required for a subdivision that is located within a wildland-urban interface very high fire risk area, unless the city or county makes specified findings, findings based on substantial evidence in the record.

This bill would require the regional housing needs allocation plan to additionally further the objective of reducing development pressure within very high fire risk areas by considering allocation of a lower proportion of housing to jurisdictions that contain a greater amount of land within those very high fire risk areas, as specified.

Note: The Legislative Counsel’s Digest for this bill is lengthy. Please review the full bill language for additional context.


SB-535 (Moorlach) Wildfires and forest fires: air emissions

Status: 5/30 – Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.

Description: This bill would require, no later than May 1, 2020, and annually thereafter, the state board, in consultation with the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, to submit a specified report to the Legislature that includes the greenhouse gas, criteria air pollutant, and short-lived climate pollutant emissions from wildfires and forest fires; an assessment of the increased severity of wildfires and forest fires from the impacts of climate change; and a calculation of the increase in the emissions of criteria air pollutants, greenhouse gases, and short-lived climate pollutants based on the increased severity of wildfires and forest fires assessed.


SB-576 (Umberg) State Coastal Conservancy: coastal climate change adaptation, infrastructure, and readiness program.

Status: 6/06 – Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.

Description: This bill would require the conservancy to develop and implement a coastal climate adaptation, infrastructure, and readiness program designed to, among other things, recommend best practices and strategies to improve the climate change resiliency of the state’s coastal communities, infrastructure, and habitat, as prescribed, habitat and participate in, facilitate, or host an international conference on coastal climate change not less than once every 2 years. collaborate with certain entities and scientists to facilitate information sharing regarding coastal climate change adaptation, infrastructure, and readiness using the Office of Planning and Research Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program state clearinghouse.


SB-632 (Galgiani) California Environmental Quality Act: injunction: vegetation treatment projects.

Status: 5/30 – Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.

Description: Existing law establishes the State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection and vests the board with authority over wildland forest resources. This bill would require the board, by June 30, 2020, to complete its environmental review under CEQA and certify a specific draft program environmental impact report for a vegetation treatment program.

Inactive Bills

AB-281 (Frazier) Transmission and distribution lines: undergrounding.

Status: 4/23 – Re-referred to Com. on U. & E.

Description: This bill would require the commission to require electrical corporations to develop and administer programs to replace overhead electric facilities along public streets and roads, and on other public or private properties in high fire threat districts, as determined by the commission, with underground electric facilities.


AB-557 (Wood) Atmospheric Rivers: Research, Mitigation, and Climate Forecasting Program.

Status: 5/16 – In committee: Held under submission.

Description: Existing law establishes the Atmospheric Rivers: Research, Mitigation, and Climate Forecasting Program in the Department of Water Resources. Existing law requires the department, upon an appropriation for purposes of the program, to research climate forecasting and the causes and impacts that climate change has on atmospheric rivers, to operate reservoirs in a manner that improves flood protection, and to reoperate flood control and water storage facilities to capture water generated by atmospheric rivers.

This bill would appropriate $9,250,000 from the General Fund to the department in the 2019–20 fiscal year to operate the program.


AB-659 (Mullin) Transportation: emerging transportation technologies: California Smart City Challenge Grant Program.

Status: 5/16 – In committee: Held under submission.

Description: This bill would establish the California Smart City Challenge Grant Program to enable municipalities to compete for grant funding for emerging transportation technologies to serve their transportation system needs, and would specify certain program goals. The bill would require the commission to form the California Smart City Challenge Workgroup on or before July 1, 2020, to guide the commission on program matters, as specified. The bill would require the commission, in consultation with the workgroup, to develop guidelines on or before March 1, 2021, for the program, which would not be subject to the Administrative Procedure Act, and would authorize the commission to revise them as necessary. The bill would make the implementation of the program contingent upon an appropriation in the annual budget act.


SB-45 (Allen) Wildfire, Drought, and Flood Protection Bond Act of 2020.

Status: 5/01 – May 6 set for first hearing canceled at the request of author.

Description: This bill would enact the Wildfire, Drought, and Flood Protection Bond Act of 2020, which, if approved by the voters, would authorize the issuance of bonds in an the amount of $4,300,000,000 pursuant to the State General Obligation Bond Law to finance projects to restore fire damaged areas, reduce wildfire risk, create healthy forest and watersheds, reduce climate impacts on urban areas and vulnerable populations, protect water supply and water quality, protect rivers, lakes, and streams, reduce flood risk, protect fish and wildlife from climate impacts, improve climate resilience of agricultural lands, and protect coastal lands and resources.

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