The below list of active climate change-related bills that are being tracked by ARCCA as a resource to ARCCA members and adaptation professionals in California. This page will be updated twice a week, typically on Mondays and Thursdays. Please note that descriptions are pulled directly from the bill text without any analysis, and that some descriptions only include a portion of the summary.
Last updated: Monday, April 24th at 11:37 AM PT.
AB-18 (E. Garcia, Chiu, Chu, Eggman, Gonzalez Fletcher, Karla, Limón, McCarty, and Thurmond) California Clean Water, Climate, and Coastal Protection and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2018
Status: 3/20 – In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.
Description: This bill would enact the California Clean Water, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2018, which, if approved by the voters, would authorize the issuance of bonds in an amount of $3,105,000,000 pursuant to the State General Obligation Bond Law to finance a clean water, climate, coastal protection, and outdoor access for all program. The bill would provide for the submission of these provisions to the voters at the June 5, 2018, statewide primary direct election. This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.
AB-196 (Bigelow) Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund: water supply repairs
Status: 4/18 – From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 10. Noes 0.) (April 17). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
Description: This bill would authorize the use of the moneys in the fund for electric pump efficiency, water and wastewater systems, pump and pump motor efficiency improvements, and drinking water transmission and distribution systems’ water loss if the investment furthers the regulatory purposes of the act and is consistent with law. if the investment furthers the regulatory purposes of the act and is consistent with law.
AB-262 (Bonta, Eggman) Public contracts: lowest responsive bidder: eligible materials
Status: 4/19 – From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on NAT. RES. (Ayes 4. Noes 1.) (April 19). Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
Description: This bill would require an awarding department to require a prospective bidder to complete a standard form that states the cumulative amount of specified greenhouse gas emissions that were produced in the material extraction and processing, transport to the manufacturing site, and the manufacturing of eligible materials, as defined, to be used on the project, and would provide that a prospective bidder may satisfy this standard by attaching to that form an Environmental Product Declaration, developed in accordance with standards established by the International Organization of Standardization, or other similar life-cycle assessment method as provided, for that type of product. The bill would require an awarding department to use a method developed by the Department of General Services to take into account, during project bid review and award, greenhouse gas emissions of eligible materials to be used in a project, with the intent of reducing greenhouse gas emissions along the supply chain.
AB-378 (C. Garcia, Holden, E. Garcia) California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: regulations
Status: 4/19 – Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
Description: This bill would additionally require the Air Resources Board to consider and account for the social costs of the emissions and greenhouse gases when adopting those rules and regulations. The bill would authorize the state board to adopt or amend regulations that establish a market-based compliance mechanism, applicable from January 1, 2021, to December 31, 2030, to complement direct emissions reduction measures in ensuring that statewide greenhouse gas emissions are reduced to at least 40% below the 1990 level by 2030. The bill would prohibit the state board from permitting a facility to increase its annual emissions of greenhouse gases compared to the annual average of emissions of greenhouse gases reported during specified years. The bill would authorize the state board to adopt no-trade zones or facility-specific declining greenhouse gas emissions limits where facilities’ emissions contribute to a cumulative pollution burden that creates a significant health impact. This bill would require the state board, in consultation with affected air pollution control and air quality management districts, to adopt air pollutant emissions standards for emissions of criteria air pollutants and toxic air contaminants at industrial facilities that are subject to a market-based compliance mechanism. The bill would prohibit the state board from allocating allowances as part of a market-based compliance mechanism to industrial facilities that do not meet the air pollutant emissions standards for criteria air pollutants and toxic air contaminants.
AB-388 (Mullin) Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund: wetland restoration projects
Status: 4/06 – Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
Description: This bill would authorize the use of the moneys in the fund for the reuse of dredged material for wetland restoration projects, as specified, if the investment furthers the regulatory purposes of the act and is consistent with law
AB-574 (Quirk) Potable reuse
Status: 4/19 – Re-referred to Com. on W.,P., & W.
Description: This bill would remove certain references to “direct potable reuse,” “indirect potable reuse for groundwater recharge,” and “surface water augmentation,” and would instead specify the four different types of potable reuse projects as“groundwater augmentation,” “reservoir augmentation,” “raw water augmentation,” and “treated drinking water augmentation.” The bill would require the state board, on or beforeDecember 31, 2021, to adopt uniform water recycling criteria for potable reuse through raw water augmentation, as specified, and would allow the board to extend this date if certain criteria is met. The bill would permit the state board to adopt the uniform water recycling criteria as emergency regulations, as specified.
AB-733 (Berman) Enhanced infrastructure financing districts: projects: climate change
Status: 4/17 – Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
Description: This bill would additionally authorize the financing of projects that enable communities to adapt to the impacts of climate change, including, but not limited to, extreme weather events, sea level rise, flooding, heat waves, wildfire, and drought, and would make conforming changes to the Legislature’s findings and declarations.
AB-793 (Frazier) Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: financing
Status: 3/30 – In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.
Description: This bill would declare it to be state policy that the existing state of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is recognized and defined as an integral component of California’s water infrastructure. The bill would state that the maintenance and repair of the Delta are eligible for the same forms of financing as other water collection and treatment infrastructure and would specify the maintenance and repair activities that are eligible are limited to certain cleanup and abatement-related restoration and conservation activities.
AB-1187 (E. Garcia) Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Act of 2017
Status: 3/9 – Referred to Coms. on E.S. & T.M. and P. & C.P.
Description: This bill would establish the Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Act of 2017, which would authorize the Secretary for Environmental Protection and the heads of the various boards, offices, and departments within the California Environmental Protection Agency to use crowdsourcing and citizen science approaches to conduct activities designed to advance the mission of the California Environmental Protection Agency. This bill would impose specified duties with regard to crowdsourcing and citizen science projects, including promoting these projects. The bill would require the California Environmental Protection Agency to provide the Legislature with a summary of each crowdsourcing and citizen science project conducted by the California Environmental Protection Agency during the 2 previous fiscal years, which shall include specified information, including a description of the proposed goals of each crowdsourcing and citizen science project.
AB-1129 (Stone) Coastal resources: Structures: beach access and protection
Status: 4/18 – From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 7. Noes 3.) (April 17). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
Description: This bill would require that the permitted construction of revetments, breakwaters, groins, harbor channels, seawalls, cliff retaining walls, and other such construction that alters natural shoreline processes be consistent with the policies of the California Coastal Act of 1976, including policies regarding protection of public access, shoreline ecology, natural landforms, and other impacts on coastal resources, and would define the term “existing structure” for the purposes of those provisions. This bill would specify that any emergency permit issued under those provisions is a temporary authorization intended to allow the minimum amount of temporary development necessary to address the identified emergency, and minimize any potential harm or adverse coastal impacts related to addressing the emergency. The bill would specify that any subsequent development that is carried out that is beyond the scope of the emergency permit shall require a coastal development permit and is not subject to emergency authorization granted under those provisions.
AB-1433 (Wood) Climate Adaptation and Resilience Based on Nature Act
Status: 4/19 – Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
Description: This bill would create the Climate Adaptation and Resilience Based on Nature Account in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund and would transfer, beginning in the 2017–18 fiscal year, 20% of the annual proceeds of the fund to the account. The bill would, upon appropriation by the Legislature in the annual Budget Act, make available the moneys in the account to the Wildlife Conservation Board for grants and programs that facilitate actions to protect and improve the resilience of natural and working land systems and enhance habitat, while reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and increasing sequestration. The bill would also provide criteria for selection of grant and program proposals for funding, including a requirement to collaborate with a review committee, to be established by the board, and other specified entities, where appropriate.
AB-1530 (Fletcher) Urban forestry
Status: 4/19 – Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
Description: This bill would provide that the purpose of the California Urban Forestry Act of 1978 is also to promote policies and incentives that advance improved maintenance of urban forest canopy to optimize multiple benefits, among other purposes. The act authorizes the Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention to implement a program in urban forestry to encourage better tree management and planting in urban areas, as provided. This bill would require the department to implement this program, establish local or regional targets for urban tree canopy, and develop or update regulations as necessary, as provided. The act requires the department to provide technical assistance to urban areas with respect to certain actions, including planning for regional, county, and local land use analysis projects related to urban forestry.
AB-1608 (Kalra) Vibrant landscapes for climate, people, and multiple benefits
Status: 4/18 – Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
Description: This bill would require the Department of Conservation to develop the Vibrant Landscape Program to assist eligible applicants in the development and implementation of county and regional plans to, among other things, integrate the conservation and management of natural and working lands with other sectors to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases and achieve other public and environmental benefits. The bill would require the department, in collaboration with the Strategic Growth Council and the State Air Resources Board, to develop guidelines and criteria for the program. The bill would establish the Vibrant Landscape Program Fund in the State Treasury and would, upon appropriation by the Legislature, authorize the department to expend moneys in the fund to implement the program.
SB-5 (De León) California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2018
Status: 4/18 – Set for hearing April 24.
Description: This bill would enact the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2018, which, if approved by the voters, would authorize the issuance of bonds in an amount of $3,000,000,000 pursuant to the State General Obligation Bond Law to finance a drought, water, parks, climate, coastal protection, and outdoor access for all program. The bill would provide for the submission of these provisions to the voters at the June 5, 2018, statewide primary direct election. This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.
SB-49 (De León and Stern) California Environmental, Public Health, and Workers Defense Act of 2017
Status: 4/13 – Set for hearing April 25.
Description: This bill would prohibit state or local agencies from amending or revising their rules and regulations implementing the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act, California Safe Drinking Water Act, California Endangered Species Act, and Protect California Air Act of 2013 to be less stringent than the baseline federal standards, as defined, and would require specified agencies to take prescribed actions to maintain and enforce certain requirements and standards pertaining to air, water, and protected species. The bill would make conforming changes to the Protect California Air Act of 2003. By imposing new duties on local agencies, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
SB-51 (Jackson) Professional licensees: environmental sciences and climate change: whistleblower and data protection
Status: 4/13 – Set for hearing April 25.
Description: This bill would prohibit licencing entities within the state government from taking disciplinary action, including disbarment, suspension, loss of credential, registration, or other professional privilege, against a public employee or employee of a government contractor, subcontractor, or grantee, as defined to include those persons working in the environmental sciences and climate-change-related fields, in connection with actions taken by that person to report improper governmental action or communicate the results of or information about scientific or technical research in a scientific or a public forum or with the media. This bill would additionally require the Secretary for Environmental Protection to ensure that all scientific information and other data otherwise in the public domain is protected against censorship or destruction by the federal government. This bill would include findings and declarations related to the measure, including that the purpose of these provisions is, to the maximum extent feasible under state law, to ensure those persons may report improper governmental activity and to continue to make scientific and other information open to the public without fear of losing their professional licenses or credentials.
SB-214 (Atkins) San Diego River Conservancy
Status: 4/18 – Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
Description: This bill would specify that the powers of the conservancy include improving, developing, and preserving lands for the purpose of protecting the natural, cultural, and historical resources, and entering into a joint powers agreement, as specified. The bill would additionally authorize the conservancy to award grants to a joint powers agency, special district, or California tribal nation, as defined, and would subject these entities to the specified conditions. The bill would also provide that the conversancy is authorized to seek repayment of grant moneys if the terms and conditions of the grant agreement are not met.
SB-242 (Skinner) Property Assessed Clean Energy program
Status: 4/17 – From committee with author’s amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on GOV. & F.
Description: The bill would require a program administrator that administers a PACE program on behalf of a public agency to comply with certain requirements when approving an assessment contract for the installation of an eligible measure, as well as the administration of that contract, including requiring the contract to comply with specified criteria and requirements. The bill would require a program administrator to obtain a sworn declaration of income containing specified financial information from each property owner, and would provide that a declarant who willfully states as true a material fact on that declaration that he or she knows to be false be subject to a civil penalty of a specified amount. The bill would require a program administrator to underwrite an assessment contract, and would prohibit a program administrator from approving an assessment contract if it determines that the property owner is unlikely to be able to make payments on that contract.
SB-262 (Wieckowski) Climate change: climate adaptation: advisory council
Status: 4/18 – Read second time. Ordered to consent calendar.
Description: Existing law requires the Office of Planning and Research to establish an advisory council, comprised of members for a range of disciplines, to support the office’s goals to facilitate coordination among state, regional, and local agency efforts to adapt to the impacts of climate change. This bill would specify that the members on the advisory council serve staggered terms of 4 years. The bill would require the members of the advisory council to select a chairperson from their members.
SB-263 (Leyva) Climate Assistance Centers
Status: 4/07 – Set for hearing April 25.
Description: This bill would require the Strategic Growth Council to establish no less than 10 regional climate assistance centers, equitably distributed across urban and rural areas of the state, to build the capacity of local community organizations, municipalities, and small businesses from disadvantaged communities to participate in state climate investment programs, as specified. The bill would require the council to allocate available moneys to community-based and nonprofit organizations to engage with climate assistance centers and conduct outreach in disadvantaged communities, as specified. The bill would authorize moneys from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to be available, upon appropriation, for allocation by the council for the purposes of the climate assistance centers. The bill would require the council to establish a state interagency working group, coordinated by the council and including specified state agency staff, to develop integrated outreach information on state climate investment programs and to coordinate outreach activities with the climate assistance centers. The bill would require the council and the state board to make a specified report to the Legislature.
SB-560 (Allen) Public retirement systems: investments: financial climate risk
Status: 4/17 – From committee with author’s amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on P.E. & R.
Description: This bill would require those boards to conside financial climate risk, as defined, in their management of any funds they administer. The bill, by January 1, 2020, and annually thereafter, would require the boards to include in their comprehensive annual financial reports the financial climate risks of their investments, including alignment of their portfolios with a specified climate agreement and California climate policy goals, the value at risk if these goals are achieved, and the exposure of the portfolios to long-term risks, as specified. The bill would provide that it does not require the boards to take action that is not consistent with their fiduciary responsibilities. The bill would make related legislative findings and declarations.
SB-667 (Atkins) Department of Water Resources: riverine and riparian stewardship improvements
Status: 3/14 – Set for hearing April 25.
Description: This bill, upon an appropriation of funds from the Legislature, would require the Department of Water Resources to establish a program to implement watershed-based riverine and riparian stewardship improvements by providing technical and financial assistance in support of projects with certain benefits. The bill would require the program to support the purposes of and be coordinated with the Urban Stream Restoration Program, fish passage improvements, and other similar programs. The bill would authorize the department to provide technical assistance, including by collaborating with appropriate California State University or University of California programs, as specified.
SB-780 (Wiener) Water Conservation in Landscaping Act
Status: 4/06 – Set for hearing April 19.
Description: This bill would require the Department of Water Resources, by January 1, 2019, to establish guidelines for designing, installing, and rehabilitating landscapes of any size consistent with the watershed approach to landscaping, as provided. The bill would require, within 6 months of adoption of the guidelines, the Department of Water Resources and any other state agency with a grant or loan program that provides funding for water-conserving or water-efficient landscapes, (1) for programs funded by general obligation bonds, to revise funding guidelines to provide a preference for projects that comply with the adopted guidelines; (2) for programs funded by sources other than general obligation bonds, to revise funding guidelines to require projects to comply with the adopted guidelines; and (3) for programs funded by any source, to give, to the extent feasible, additional funding preference for a project that implements the watershed approach to landscaping whose project application includes the use of services of specified entities. The bill would also require the Department of Water Resources to promote the watershed approach to landscaping by providing education and training for homeowners, contractors, certified community conservation corps, and other landscape professionals who plan, develop, or implement landscaping projects.