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: Thursday, Aaugust 22nd at 9:15 AM

Active Bills

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

Status: 8/20 – Read second time. Ordered to Consent Calendar.

Description: The California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018, approved by the voters at the June 5, 2018, statewide primary direct election as Proposition 68, authorizes the issuance of bonds in the amount of $4,000,000,000 for the purpose of financing a drought, water, parks, climate, coastal protection, and outdoor access for all program. The act authorizes, upon appropriation by the Legislature, $40,000,000 of those bond funds for projects that assist coastal communities, including those reliant on commercial fisheries, with adaption to climate change, including projects that address ocean acidification, sea level rise, or habitat restoration and protection, among other things. Existing law requires the Office of Planning and Research, in coordination with appropriate entities, to establish a clearinghouse for climate adaption information, as provided.

This bill would require specified things of the conservancy when it allocates any funding appropriated pursuant to the act, including that it prioritize projects that use natural infrastructure, as defined, in coastal communities 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: 6/27 – In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.

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: 8/12 – In committee: Referred to APPR. suspense file.

Description: This bill would establish the Climate Innovation Grant Program, to be administered by the Strategic Growth Council or another entity identified by the council that it determines to have the appropriate skills necessary to successfully implement this program. 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. Once the Climate Innovation Fund accrues $2,000,000, the bill would require the council or the entity implementing the program to notify the Franchise Tax Board and would require the program to 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 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 make the voluntary tax contribution provisions operative upon notification of the Franchise Tax Board that the fund has accrued $2,000,000. The bill would repeal these provisions as of the sooner of December 1 of the year that the minimum contribution amount of $250,000 is not met or by the a specified repeal date. By continuously appropriating these funds, the bill would make an appropriation.


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

Status: 8/19 – In committee: Referred to APPR. suspense file.

Description: This bill would require the [Strategic Growth Council] to provide guidance in the development of, and 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 and developing resiliency strategies in the agricultural sector, using the best available science, as specified. The bill would require the Department of Food and Agriculture to administer the program for the disbursement of grants. The bill would require the council to conduct specified pilot projects in the central valley, central coast, and desert regions of the state, and hold trainings for technical assistance providers on how to use the specified planning tools, with an emphasis on meeting the needs of small and moderately scaled farmers and ranchers, socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, and female farmers and ranchers. The bill would require the council, no later than June 30, 2020,council 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 program, as well as information on any projects funded pursuant to these provisions, for possible 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: 8/19 – In committee: Referred to APPR. suspense file.

Description: This bill would establish the Program for Coastal Resilience, Adaptation, and Access 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 Resilience, Adaptation, and Access 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. The bill would also require the Natural Resources Agency, and any other state agency to which funding is allocated, to consider the guidance and resources developed by the Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program to help inform decisions relating to activities funded with moneys from the Coastal Resilience, Adaptation, and Access Fund.

This bill would require, for the 2020–21 fiscal year and for each fiscal year thereafter, an amount not less than equal to 30% of those funds received by the commission and required to be deposited into the General Fund by the commission pursuant to those provisions, except as provided,but not to exceed $50,000,000, to be transferred to the Coastal Resilience, Adaptation, and Access Fund and made available, upon appropriation in the annual Budget Act, for expenditure for purposes of the Program for Coastal Resilience, Adaptation, and Access.


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

Status: 8/12 – In committee: Referred to APPR. suspense file.

Description: This bill would require the [Department of Water Resources], on or before December 31, 2023, with updates every 5 years thereafter, as part of the update to the California Water Plan every 5 years, 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 this information to the appropriate policy committees of the Legislature. Legislature and to the Natural Resources Agency and the Office of Planning and Research for specified climate adaptation planning functions. 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: 8/19 – In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.

Description: This bill would require the [State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission], during one or more 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, steep-sloped roof residential buildings with the goal of increasing the value of minimum aged solar reflectance up to 0.45 0.40 in the 2031 standard and the goal of expanding the range of climate zones in which minimum aged solar reflectance values are prescribed for those alterations. The bill would require the commission, prior to considering these amendments, to assess whether there is an adequate supply of labor resources and available compliant products in the climate zones for which the commission may consider the amendments. The bill would also require that the amendments be cost-effective and not be imposed on existing low-rise, steep-sloped roof residential buildings where the cost of compliance would exceed the actual energy cost savings achieved through compliance. The bill would also make findings and declarations regarding the benefit of installing cool-roof products on existing residential buildings.


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

Status: 7/08 – In committee: Referred to APPR. suspense file.

Description: This bill would require 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 the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District to conduct public education, marketing, demonstration, monitoring, research, and evaluation programs or projects with respect to wildfire smoke impact control measures. By requiring the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District to develop a wildfire smoke air pollution emergency plan, The bill would require the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, by January 1, 2022, to submit to the Legislature a report regarding the development of the plan. By imposing additional duties on the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would require the State Air Resources Board, in consultation with the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District and other air districts, to submit to the Legislature a report on information relevant to the expansion of the above requirements to other air districts.


AB-740 (Burke) Wildfires: California Catastrophic Wildfire Victims Fund. Property insurance: fire hazard severity zones

Status: 8/13 – Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

DescriptionThis bill would add to the insurers that are proportionately relieved of the liability to participate in the FAIR Plan those voluntarily writing basic property insurance on risks in high or very high fire hazard severity zones, as determined and mapped by the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The bill would also revise the similar provision relating to areas designated as brush hazard areas by making it specifically applicable to areas so designated at the time coverage begins.

This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

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

Status: 7/01 – Ordered to third reading.

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: 8/12 – In committee: Referred to APPR. suspense file.

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: 8/12 – In committee: Referred to APPR. suspense file.

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 updates to the plan to include include, among other things, 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, Resiliency through Adaptation, 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, as defined, for climate resiliency and 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 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: 8/12 – In committee: Referred to APPR. suspense file.

Description: This bill would authorize require 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 to develop and implement watershed improvement plans, and other enhancement plans, plans to enhance the natural functions of a watershed, aligned with multiple statewide and regional objectives across distinct bioregions. The bill would authorize require the department to develop performance measures and accountability controls to track progress and outcomes. outcomes of all watershed coordinator grants. The bill would require, on or before January 31, 2022, and every 3 years thereafter, until January 31, 2028, the department to report those outcomes to the relevant appropriate 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: 8/12 – In committee: Referred to APPR. suspense file.

Description: This bill would establish the California Coastal Resilience and Adaptation Leadership and Coordination Act of 2019, which would require the Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency, in coordination with the Governor’s office, collaboration with the Director of State Planning and Research and other state entities, 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, near-shore terrestrial adaptation and resilience, and would require the secretary to take 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 also require the secretary, in collaboration with the director, to use quantified risk assessments of the impacts of climate change to establish priorities in carrying out the tasks under the act. The bill would authorize the secretary to appoint a designee to carry out these tasks. The bill would also 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 specified actions under the act. The bill would require the secretary to prepare and submit to the appropriate legislative committees post an annual report on the agency’s internet website on the progress made during the preceding year regarding those actions the secretary is required to take under the act. act and to annually notify specified committees of the Legislature of the availability of the report.


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

Status: 8/19 – In committee: Referred to APPR. suspense file.

Description: This bill would establish, until January 1, 2025, the Office of Outdoor Recreation in 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: 8/15 – Ordered to inactive file at the request of Senator McGuire.

Description: This bill would require, by 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: 8/21 – August 21 set for first hearing. Placed on APPR. suspense file.

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 an amount of ad valorem property tax revenue that is equal to the affordable housing and community development investment amount approved by the committee, except as provided, from the county’s ERAF ERAF. The bill would require the county auditor to either deposit that amount 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, or, 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, a specified type of authority or special district 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 infrastructure, including natural infrastructure, related to protecting communities from climate change.


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

Status: 8/21 – August 21 set for first hearing. Placed on APPR. suspense file.

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.

This bill would require the conservancy to submit a report, as provided, to the Legislature on that pilot program on or before December 31, 2022, and, upon appropriation by the Legislature, would require the conservancy to develop, in partnership with the United States Army Corps of Engineers, a beneficial reuse program to place and reuse dredged sediment for coastal wetland restoration projects.

This bill would require timber harvesting plans, nonindustrial timber management plans, and working forest management plans on plans filed on or after January 1, 2020, for lands containing or adjacent to watercourses bearing listed anadromous salmonids included on a specified list of water quality limited segments impaired by sediment to include an erosion control implementation plan that describes methods that will be used to avoid significant sediment discharge into watercourses from timber operations. is consistent with specified law. The bill would prohibit timber harvesting activity from being undertaken under a timber harvesting plan that requires an erosion control implementation plan on ground that shows evidence of extreme erosion potential, unless the timber harvesting plan has been approved by a certified and licensed engineering geologist and is transmitted to the appropriate California regional water quality control board for review. with an extreme erosion hazard rating unless the timber harvesting plan has been reviewed by the California Geological Survey.

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: 8/14 – August 14 set for first hearing. Placed on APPR. suspense file.

Description: This bill would require a county to integrate cultural competence, as defined, into its emergency plan, 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. The bill would authorize a county to establish a community advisory board for the purpose of cohosting, coordinating, and conducting outreach and require any such board to hold its first meeting no later than July 1, 2020. 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: 8/21 – August 21 set for first hearing. Placed on APPR. suspense file.

Description: This bill would establish the Chief Climate Resilience 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: 8/21 – August 21 set for first hearing. Placed on APPR. suspense file.

Description: This bill would require the safety element, upon the next revision of the housing element or the hazard mitigation plan, on or after January 1, 2020, whichever occurs first, to be reviewed and updated as necessary to include a comprehensive retrofit strategy,strategy to reduce the risk of property loss and damage during wildfires, as specified. specified, and would require the planning agency to submit the adopted strategy to the Office of Planning and Research for inclusion into the clearinghouse described below. The bill would also require the planning agency to review and, if necessary, revise the safety element upon each revision of the housing element or local hazard mitigation plan, but not less than once every 8 years, to identify new information relating to retrofit updates applicable to the city or county that was not available during the previous revision of the safety element. By increasing the duties of local officials, this bill would create a state-mandated local program.

This bill would require a city or county that contains a 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 very high fire risk areas within the city or county and feasible implementation measures designed to carry out specified 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 very high fire risk area, within 12 months following the amendment of the city or county’s land use element, to adopt a 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 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 very high fire risk area, approving specified discretionary permits or other discretionary entitlements for projects located within a 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 very high fire risk area, unless the city or county makes specified 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 allocating a lower proportion of housing to jurisdictions that contain a greater amount of land a jurisdiction if it is likely that the jurisdiction would otherwise need to identify lands within those a very high fire risk areas, area as adequate sites in order to meet its housing need allocation, 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: 8/14 – August 14 set for first hearing. Placed on APPR. suspense file.

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 require the report to include information, if feasible, regarding the greenhouse gas, criteria air pollutant, and short-lived climate pollutant emissions from wildfires and forest fires; fires, an assessment of the increased severity of wildfires and forest fires from the impacts of climate change; 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. The bill would require the state board to identify what, if any, information in the report should be included in the scoping plan. The bill would also reduce the reporting period to every 3 years and require the state board to post the report on the state board’s internet website.


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

Status: 8/21 – August 21 set for first hearing. Placed on APPR. suspense file.

Description: (1) Existing law establishes the State Coastal Conservancy with prescribed powers and responsibilities relating to the acquisition, protection, preservation, and enhancement of coastal lands within the coastal zone, as defined. authorizes the conservancy to address the impacts and potential impacts of climate change on resources within its jurisdiction. Existing law authorizes the conservancy to undertake, among other things, projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, address extreme weather events, sea level rise, storm surge, and other coastal hazards that threaten coastal communities, infrastructure, and natural resources. Existing law authorizes the conservancy to award grants to public agencies and nonprofit organizations for these authorized activities. This bill would recast these provisions as the Climate Ready Program to be administered by the conservancy as described above.

(2) Existing law establishes the Ocean Protection Council in state government and requires the council to, among other things, coordinate activities of state agencies that are related to the protection and conservation of coastal waters and ocean ecosystems to improve the effectiveness of state efforts to protect ocean resources within existing fiscal limitations, consistent with specified provisions of the California Ocean Protection Act. This bill would require the conservancy council, subject to the availability of funding, to develop and implement a coastal climate adaptation, infrastructure, and readiness program to, among other things, recommend best practices and strategies to improve the climate change resiliency of the state’s coastal communities, infrastructure, and habitat and collaborate with certain entities and scientists to facilitate information sharing regarding coastal climate change adaptation, infrastructure, andreadiness using the Office of Planning and Research Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program state clearinghouse. readiness, including providing information to the Office of Planning and Research to be considered for inclusion into a certain clearinghouse for climate adaptation information.


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

Status: 8/15 – Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Description: This bill would require the [State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection], by June 30, 2020, as soon as practicably feasible, but by no later than February 1, 2020, to complete its environmental review under CEQA and certify a specific draft final program environmental impact report for a vegetation treatment program. The bill would repeal these provisions on January 1, 2021.

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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