2022 Legislative Tracker

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: Tuesday, August 9th at 1:20 PM PT

Jump to bill: AB-1384 • AB-1445 • AB-1640 • AB-1902 • AB-1939 • AB-1979 • AB-2076AB-2078AB-2225 • AB-2238AB-2287 • AB-2344AB-2362 • AB-2387AB-2419AB-2420 • AB-2442 • AB-2477AB-2479AB-2645AB-2649 • AB-2705 • AB-2805 • AB-2889 • SB-833 • SB-852SB-867SB-989SB-1049 • SB-1068SB-1077SB-1078 • SB-1123SB-1197SB-1205SB-1217

Bill tracking progress bars

To help users visually see the status of each bill, ARCCA launched a new progress bar tracker under each bill that simplifies the legislative process into 10 key steps. However, it should be noted that the percentages used in the visual tracker do not correspond with the actual amount of time it takes for bills to move through the legislative process.

10% Introduction / First reading in the house of origin
20% Committee hearings
30% Second reading
40% Third reading
50% First reading in the other house
60% Committee hearings
70% Second reading
80% Third reading
90% Resolution of differences
100% To Governor to sign or veto

AB-1384 | Gabriel
Resiliency Through Adaptation, Economic Vitality, and Equity Act of 2022.

This bill would instead require the [California Natural Resources Agency] to release the draft plan by January 1, 2024, and every 3 years thereafter, and to update the plan by July 1, 2024, and every 3 years thereafter. The bill would require the agency to also coordinate with the Office of Planning and Research and identify, among other things, vulnerabilities to climate change for vulnerable communities, an operational definition of “climate resilience” for each sector and for vulnerable communities, special protections of vulnerable communities and industries that are disproportionately impacted by climate change, opportunities to improve policy and budget coordination across jurisdictions, and timetables and specific metrics to measure and evaluate the state’s progress in implementing the plan. The bill would require each lead agency or group of agencies to be informed, at a minimum, by specified documents and climate science research in identifying the vulnerabilities to climate change. The bill would require state agencies to also maximize the objective of prioritizing equity by ensuring public expenditures that address climate change adaptation prioritize protecting vulnerable communities, rectifying intersectional and systemic inequities, and enhancing low-income and vulnerable communities’ abilities to weather the impacts of climate change. The bill would authorize the Treasurer, and the financing authorities that the Treasurer chairs, to assist state agencies by leveraging public and private capital investment to help with loans and other incentives to attain the goals established pursuant to these provisions.

4/19/22 – Read second time. Ordered to third reading.80%
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AB-1445 | Levine
Planning and zoning: regional housing need allocation: climate change impacts.

Commencing January 1, 2025, this bill would require that a council of governments, a delegate subregion, or the department, as applicable, additionally consider among these factors emergency evacuation route capacity, wildfire risk, sea level rise, and other impacts caused by climate change. By adding to the duties of local officials in allocating regional housing need, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

6/13/22 – In committee: Referred to suspense file.70%
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AB-1640 | Ward, Bennett, Mullin, and Quirk
Office of Planning and Research: regional climate networks: regional climate adaptation and resilience action plans.

This bill would authorize eligible entities, as defined, to establish and participate in a regional climate network, as defined. The bill would require [OPR], through [ICARP], to encourage the inclusion of eligible entities with land use planning and hazard mitigation planning authority into regional climate networks. The bill would authorize a regional climate network to engage in activities to address climate change, as specified.

The bill would authorize a regional climate network to develop a regional climate adaptation and resilience action plan.

The bill would require, on or before July 1, 2023, require the office, through the program, to develop and publish on its internet website guidelines on how eligible entities may establish regional climate networks and how governing boards may be established within regional climatenetworks. climate networks. The bill would require the office, through the program, to provide technical assistance to regions seeking to establish a regional climate network, facilitate coordination between regions, and encourage regions to incorporate as many eligible entities into one network as feasible.

8/02/22 – In committee: Referred to suspense file.60%
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AB-1902 | Aguiar-Curry
Resource conservation: resource conservation districts.

This bill would authorize a resource conservation district to be formed to provide resource conservation services for the protection, conservation, restoration, or enhancement of natural resources, as provided. The bill would also authorize a resource conservation district to, with the consent of the owner, construct on privately or publicly owned lands any necessary works for the protection, conservation, restoration, or enhancement of natural resources, the improvement or enhancement of adaptation or resilience to climate change, or the mitigation or sequestration of carbon emissions, and to develop and implement projects and programs for the conservation, enhancement, restoration, adaptation, and resilience of soil, water, and biodiversity and related natural resource conservation. The bill would authorize directors of the resource conservation districts to accept, administer, and manage specified projects and programs consistent with these. purposes, among other things. The bill would authorize a resource conservation district to enter into an interagency agreement with a state agency, as provided.

8/08/22 – Read third time and amended. Ordered to second reading.80%
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AB-1939 | Luz Rivas, Calderon, and Ward
Pupil instruction: science requirements: climate change.

This bill, with respect to both of the above-referenced adopted courses of study, would require the science area of study to include an emphasis on the causes and effects of climate change and methods to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The bill would require that appropriate coursework including this material be offered to pupils as soon as possible, commencing no later than the 2023–24 school year.

6/29/22 – In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.60%
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AB-2076 | Luz Rivas
Extreme Heat and Community Resilience Program: Extreme Heat Hospitalization and Death Reporting System.

This bill would establish the Extreme Heat and Community Resilience Program in the office, to be administered by the office through ICARP, for the purpose of coordinating state efforts and supporting local and regional efforts to prevent or mitigate the impacts of, and reduce the public health risks of, heat. The bill would require the Director of State Planning and Research to appoint a Chief Heat Officer in the office to, among other things, implement the program and establish the Interagency Heat Taskforce, as provided. office to coordinate with other state agencies to implement the program and update the Extreme Heat Action Plan. The bill would require the Director of State Planning and Research to appoint a Chief Heat Officer to coordinate state activities and funding to address heat and oversee the implementation of the program. The bill would require the advisory council to, among other things, advise and provide input to the office on actions to improve the effectiveness of the program. The bill would require the office, when making appointments to the advisory council, to ensure that the advisory council is comprised of members with the necessary expertise to advise on the implementation of the program. Upon appropriation by the Legislature, the bill would require the office, as part of the program, to award grants and provide technical assistance to eligible entities, as defined, that support local and regional efforts to mitigate the impacts and reduce the public health risks of heat. The bill would require the office, in the awarding of grants, to prioritize projects that serve disadvantaged or vulnerable communities, as specified, that demonstrate participation in a regional climate collaborative program, or that are a component of a comprehensive heat action plan. The bill would authorize the director to make advance payments, not to exceed 25% of the total award amount, from a grant awarded pursuant to the program. The bill would require the office, in administering the program, to review and consider climate science research and publications, as specified, and to minimize greenhouse gas emissions and electricity grid stress, avoid maladaptation, and maximize job growth and other cobenefits, as provided.

The bill would require the office to draft and adopt guidelines, as provided, guidelines for awarding grants pursuant to the program to eligible entities. The bill would require projects awarded a grant to consider, and be informed by, the most recent California Climate Change Assessment. The bill would also exempt guidelines established by the office pursuant to the program from provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act.

The bill would require the office, on or before January July 1, 2024, and every 2 years thereafter, to update the Extreme Heat Action Plan to promote comprehensive, coordinated, and effective state and local government action on heat, as provided. The bill would require all state agencies identified in the Extreme Heat Action Plan to coordinate with the office to assist in the implementation of the plan. The bill would also require the office to post the plan and subsequent updates on the office’s internet website and to provide the plan and subsequent updates to the relevant policy and fiscal committees of the Legislature.

The bill would establish the Extreme Heat and Community Resilience Fund in the State Treasury. The bill would provide that moneys in the fund shall be available upon appropriation by the Legislature to the office for the sole purpose of implementing the program.

8/02/22 – In committee: Referred to suspense file.70%
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AB-2225 | Ward
Resource conservation: traditional ecological knowledge: land management plans.

This bill would require the [Natural Resources Agency], on or before no later than January 1, 2024, to conduct a listening tour of regional workshops with Native American tribes across the state to solicit their initial the input, priorities, and concerns of Native American tribes regarding the state’s collection, acquisition, storage, and use of traditional ecological knowledge, as defined, and provide reimbursement to the tribes for this consultation, as provided. defined. The bill would require the agency, after completing the listening tour, but no later than January July 1, 2024, in consultation with the Governor’s tribal advisor, to adopt a policy for incorporating regarding the state’s collection, acquisition, storage, and use of traditional ecological knowledge into the conservation and management of lands owned or managed by the agency or the departments, boards, conservancies, or commissions under the agency, knowledge, as provided. The bill, among other things, bill would require, on and after January July 1, 2024, the agency and the departments, boards, conservancies, and commissions every department, board, conservancy, and commission under the agency to to, among other things, incorporate the policy of traditional ecological knowledge into land management plans for lands managed for conservation purposes, as provided. described above, including in guidelines for grant programs that offer land conservation or management funding.

6/13/22 – In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.60%
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AB-2238 | Luz Rivas and Eduardo Garcia
Extreme heat: statewide extreme heat ranking system.

This bill would require [CalEPA], by January 1, 2024, to develop a statewide extreme heat ranking system in coordination with ICARP ICARP the ICARP, the State Department of Public Health, and the Department of Insurance, as provided. The bill would also require the department, by January Department of Insurance by July 1, 2024, to submit transmit a  study of the insured and uninsured costs related to past extreme heat events to the appropriate legislative policy and budget committees, of, among other things, past extreme heat events and the effectiveness of insurance coverages, as specified, to prevent losses or help communities plan public health initiatives related to combating the effects of extreme heat, insurance options that will support specified adaptation, preparedness, and resilience measures, and recommendations for overcoming barriers encountered by local governments that are trying to use insurance or other financing tools to fund or support heat risk mitigation or adaptation strategies to the agency, and ICARP the ICARP, and certain legislative policy committees, and to post the study on its internet website. The bill would require the ICARP to develop a public communication plan for the statewide extreme heat ranking system, recommend partnerships with, and develop statewide guidance for,  with local health departments and local and tribal governments governments, and develop statewide guidance for local and tribal governments in the preparation and planning for extreme heat events, and recommend heat adaptation measures, review the heat ranking system, as specified.

8/02/22 – In committee: Referred to suspense file.70%
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AB-2287 | Stone
California Ocean Resources Stewardship Act of 2000.

This bill would rename the trust to the California Ocean Science Trust and make conforming changes. The bill would authorize the trust to administer grants and expenditures of the trust for specified purposes from private and public fund sources, including, but not limited to, direct appropriations from the annual Budget Act and block grants from other state agencies with relevant need for coordination and engagement with the trust. The bill would authorize the trust to engage with scientific experts for the purpose of gaining knowledge, solutions, and recommendations for specified topics that are relevant to state agencies and departments, as provided. The bill would repeal the provision requiring the secretary to report on the steps taken to ensure adequate coordination of ocean resource management science.

8/08/22 – In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending. May be considered on or after August 10 pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.90%
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AB-2344 | Friedman and Kalra
Wildlife connectivity: transportation projects.

This bill would require DFW to investigate, study, and identify those areas in the state that are essential to wildlife movement and habitat connectivity and that are threatened by specified factors. The bill would require DFW, in coordination with Caltrans, to establish a wildlife connectivity action plan on or before January 1, 2024, and to update the plan at least once every 5 years thereafter. The bill would require the plan to include, among other things, maps that identify the locations of certain areas, including connectivity areas and natural landscape areas, as defined.

The bill would require Caltrans, in consultation with DFW, to establish a wildlife connectivity project list of wildlife passage projects where the implementation of wildlife passage features would reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions and enhance wildlife connectivity. The bill would require the list to be included in the wildlife connectivity action plan. The bill would require Caltrans to complete the initial list on or before January 1, 2024, and to update the list no later than January 1, 2025, and every 2 years thereafter. Before completing the initial list or an update to the list, the bill would require Caltrans to make a draft list publicly available for public comment. On or before January 1, 2026, and on an annual basis thereafter, the bill would require Caltrans to implement at least 10 projects identified on the wildlife connectivity project list. The bill would require Caltrans, in consultation with DFW, to prioritize the implementation of projects on the list based on specified factors, including, among others, the project’s ability to enhance connectivity and permeability within a connectivity area or natural landscape area identified in the wildlife connectivity action plan.

The bill would require authorize Caltrans to develop a programmatic environmental review process with appropriate state and federal regulatory agencies for remediating barriers to wildlife movement that will streamline the permitting process for wildlife crossing projects. The bill would require Caltrans to complete assessments of potential barriers to wildlife movement before commencing any project that uses state or federal transportation funds and that is located in an area identified as a connectivity area or a natural landscape area in the wildlife connectivity action plan. The bill would require Caltrans to submit these assessments to DFW. The bill would also require projects to be constructed without presenting barriers to fish and wildlife movement.

8/02/22 – In committee: Referred to suspense file.60%
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AB-2362 | Mullin
Ecosystem restoration and climate adaptation projects: permitting.

This bill would require the [Natural Resources Agency], on or before July 1, 2023, in coordination with the California Environmental Protection Agency, to convene the Interagency Working Group comprised of regulatory agencies under the auspices of the agency and the California Environmental Protection Agency that are responsible for permitting environmentally beneficial projects, that include procedures and ongoing management for the protection of the environment and that serve the primary purposes of aquatic, riparian ecosystem, or upland habitat restoration, enhancement, or establishment, to coordinate efficient regulatory review and permitting mechanisms, as provided. The bill would authorize the Interagency Working Group to establish and consult with a panel of stakeholders of no more than 15 members, as specified. The bill would require the meetings of the Interagency Working Group and the stakeholder panel to be publicly held with appropriate advance public notice. The bill would require the Interagency Working Group to, among other things, identify existing programmatic and other efficient permitting mechanisms, coordinate actions to expedite permitting for those projects, and develop and implement, as specified, robust internal training procedures, including manuals, guidelines, and other materials, to ensure that each state entity involved in permitting projects uses the same standards to evaluate permit applications, and would require those training manuals, guidelines, and other materials to be readily and publicly available on each applicable state entity’s internet website. The bill would require the agency, on or before July 1, 2024, and annually thereafter, to submit a comprehensive report, as specified, to the Legislature evaluating regulatory and permitting mechanisms that meaningfully accelerate those projects. The bill would require the agency to provide funding for the participation of state entities within its jurisdiction in carrying out these provisions. The bill would repeal these provisions on January 1, 2028.

This bill would also authorize the [State Water Resources Control Board], on behalf of itself or a regional board, to accept moneys from donations, grants, or contributions, or through contractual agreements, given for the purpose of planning, permitting, or providing technical support for projects of public benefit within the state board or regional board’s jurisdiction. The bill would require these moneys and the above-described donations from a permittee to be deposited, and separately accounted for, in the State Water Pollution Cleanup and Abatement Account, and would continuously appropriate these moneys and donations to the state board for expenditure in accordance with the terms of the donation, grant, contribution, or contractual agreement. By continuously appropriating these moneys and donations, the bill would make an appropriation. agreement, to be available for expenditure upon appropriation by the Legislature. The bill would repeal these provisions on January 1, 2028.

8/02/22 -In committee: Referred to suspense file.70%
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AB-2419 | Bryan
Environmental justice: federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: Justice40 Oversight Committee.

This bill would require a minimum of 40% of funds received by the state under the [Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act] and certain other federal funds to be allocated to projects that provide direct benefits to disadvantaged communities and disadvantaged unincorporated communities and, except as specified, a minimum of an additional 10% be allocated for projects that provide direct benefits to low-income households and low-income communities, as provided. The bill would require state agencies administering those federal funds to perform specified tasks related to the expenditure of those federal funds.

This bill would establish the Justice40 Advisory Committee in the council, as provided, to perform various actions related to the expenditure of those federal funds. The bill would require the committee, by December 31, 2024, to provide submit a report to the Legislature, and to the council at a public meeting of the council, that identifies certain recommendations it has developed, including recommending projects under any covered program for federal funding. The bill would require the council, by December 31, 2027, to submit a report to the Legislature on the expenditure of federal funds and an evaluation of the state agencies’ success in meeting the requirements of the bill. The bill would provide that those provisions would be repealed by their own terms on a specified date.

8/02/22 – In committee: Referred to suspense file.70%
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AB-2420 | Arambula
Perinatal and infant children health: extreme heat.

This bill would, subject to an appropriation of funds by the Legislature in the annual Budget Act or another statute for this purpose, require the [State Department of Public Health], in consultation with subject matter experts, to review available literature on adverse effects of extreme heat on perinatal health, develop guidance for safe outdoor conditions and health considerations for pregnant individuals, individuals and infant children, and provide guidance to the Legislature by submitting a report that includes legislative or policy recommendations on best practices for connecting perinatal patients with the appropriate health and well-being information relating to extreme heat.

6/20/22 – In committee: Referred to suspense file.60%
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AB-2442 | Robert Rivas
Climate Change.

This bill would specify that mitigation measures for climate change and disasters related to climate, may include, but are not limited to, measures that reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and investments in natural infrastructure, as defined, including, but not limited to, the preservation of open space, improved forest management, and wildfire risk reduction measures.

The act defines the term “disaster” to mean a fire, flood, storm, tidal wave, earthquake, terrorism, epidemic, or other similar public calamity that the Governor determines presents a threat to public safety.

This bill would include climate change within the definition of disaster.

This bill would require the safety element to protect the community from unreasonable risks associated with the effects of climate change. The bill would require the safety element to address evacuation routes, military installations, peakload water supply requirements, and minimum road widths and clearances around structures, as those items relate to climate resiliency. The bill would require climate adaptation and resiliency strategies addressed in the safety element to, if feasible, incorporate greenhouse gas emissions reductions. The bill would require a review of the safety element, as specified, to include feasible methods to avoid or minimize climate change impact associated with new uses of land, including greenhouse gas emissions, and the identification of natural infrastructure, meaning natural ecological systems or processes to reduce vulnerability to climate change related hazards, greenhouse gas emissions, or other related climate change effects, that may be used in adaptation projects, as specified.

8/08/22 – From committee: Be ordered to second reading pursuant to Senate Rule 28.8.70%
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AB-2477 | Rodriguez
Local Emergency Preparedness, Hazard Mitigation, and Mutual Aid Fund.

This bill, on or before July 1, 2023, 2024, would require the [Office of Emergency Services], by regulation, to adopt minimum operating standards for private sector companies that provide alert and warning services to local entities and determine the appropriate thresholds for the provider of alert and warning services to report disruptions in service. Upon adoption of those regulations, the bill would require all providers of alert and warning services to notify the OES if a disruption in service or cybersecurity incident occurs. The bill would make the OES responsible for notifying any applicable county office of emergency services, the sheriff of any county, and any public safety answering point affected by the disruption of service. entities.

8/02/22 – In committee: Referred to suspense file.60%
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AB-2645 | Rodriguez
Local emergency plans: integration of access and functional needs: community resilience centers.

This bill would require a county, pursuant to the above-described requirement to integrate access and functional needs into its emergency plan upon the the plan’s next update to its emergency plan, update, to address specific additional plan elements. The bill would require the plan, with regard to emergency sheltering, to ensure that local community resilience centers, as defined, are prepared to serve as community-wide communitywide assets during extreme heat events and other disasters, to designate available locations that may be necessary to provide respite to individuals during certain environmental emergencies, including, but not limited to, extreme heat, cold, or unhealthy air incidents, and to integrate sheltering plans to account for specified state grant programs relating to community resilience. The bill would require the plan, with regard to emergency evacuation, to integrate transportation and sheltering plans to account for local community resilience centers.

8/02/22 – In committee: Referred to suspense file.60%
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AB-2649 | Cristina Garcia and Stone
Natural Carbon Sequestration and Resilience Act of 2022.

This bill would declare the policy of the state to achieve a goal of removing goal of the state to sequester, through natural carbon sequestration in California, at least 60,000,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent annually on or before December 31, 2030, and 75,000,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent annually on or before December 31, 2035, through the implementation of natural carbon sequestration actions and programs on natural, working, and urban lands. The bill would require, on or before July 1, 2023, the Natural Resources Agency, in coordination with its departments, the state board, and the department, to refine existing and establish new natural carbon sequestration pathways and strategies to guide specified agencies in developing and implementing programs to help the state achieve this goal. The bill would also require those and other designated agencies to expand existing and establish new natural carbon sequestration programs, as specified. December 31, 2035. The bill would require, on or before January 1, 2024, the Natural Resources Agency, in coordination with other state entities, to review and, as necessary, update the Natural and Working Lands Climate Smart Strategy, as described, and the Pathways to 30×30: Accelerating Conservation of California’s Nature, as described, to achieve this goal, and to update those documents every 5 years, as described. The bill would also require on December 31, 2025, and every year thereafter, the Natural Resources Agency and the State Air Resources Board to submit a report to the Legislature on progress toward meeting the goal. The bill would also require, on or before March 31, 2026, and annually thereafter, the Natural Resources Agency and the State Air Resources Board to present the findings of the report before the relevant policy committees of the Legislature.

8/02/22 – In committee: Referred to suspense file.70%
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AB-2705 | Quirk-Silva
Housing: fire safety standards.

This bill would prohibit the legislative body of a city or county from approving a discretionary entitlement, as defined, that would result in a new residential development project, as defined, being located within a very high fire hazard severity zone, unless the city or county finds that the residential development project will meet specified standards intended to address wildfire risks, as specified, and would provide that these provisions do not limit or prohibit a legislative body of a city or county from adopting more stringent standards. By imposing new requirements on cities and counties in the review of residential development projects, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

This bill, upon appropriation by Legislature and consistent with the above-described comprehensive wildfire mitigation program, would additionally require the State Fire Marshal, in consultation with specified state officials, to provide financial assistance to fire harden at least 300,000 existing vulnerable homes within the next 3 years in very high fire hazard severity zones and an additional 300,000 existing vulnerable homes every 3 years thereafter, as specified. The bill would require the State Fire Marshal to report back to the Legislature annually on the pace of fire hardening and what constraints impair the ability to realize the targets established by these provisions.

8/08/22 – In committee: Referred to suspense file.60%
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AB-2805 | Bauer-Kahan
Department of Fish and Wildlife: advance mitigation and regional conservation investment strategies.

This bill would require a regional conservation investment strategy, in order to create a mitigation credit, to include an outline for adaptive management and monitoring of conserved habitat and a process to track and evaluate conservation actions and habitat enhancement actions of the strategy, as specified. The bill would authorize the [Department of Fish and Wildlife] to approve a combination of mitigation credit agreements with other instruments or agreements for the purpose of creating mitigation credits, as provided. The bill would make various changes to provisions requiring the department to provide public notice before approving mitigation credit agreements. The bill would also authorize the use, sale, or transfer of mitigation credits established under a mitigation agreement approved by the department, regardless of the duration or expiration of the regional conservation strategy that establish those credits. The bill would remove provisions prohibiting the duplication or replacement of mitigation requirements set forth in an approved natural community conservation plan. The bill would repeal the prohibition on the department approving more than 8 regional conservation investment strategies.

8/02/22 – In committee [APPR]: Referred to suspense file.70%
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SB-833 | Dodd
Community Energy Resilience Act of 2022.

This bill, the Community Energy Resilience Act of 2022, would require the [State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission] to develop and implement a grant program to award grants through a noncompetitive process for local governments to develop community energy resilience plans that help achieve energy resilience objectives and state clean energy and air quality goals. The bill would require a plan to, among other things, identify critical facilities, facilities where the construction of microgrids or other distributed energy sources could meet local resilience needs, and potential funding sources for implementing projects in the plan, include a process for the expedited permit review of distributed energy resources by the local government, and demonstrate consistency with the city, county, or city and county general plan and other local government planning documents, as specified. As a condition of receiving grant funding, the bill would require a local government to submit its plan to the commission within 6 months of adopting the plan. The bill would require grant funds to be encumbered within 2 years, and liquidated within 4 years, of the date of an award.

The bill would require the commission to maintain a publicly available and searchable database of all local governments receiving a grant, annually submit a program summary to the Legislature, and post the summary on its internet website. The bill also would require the commission to develop and maintain on its internet website a publicly available community energy resilience planning toolkit, a directory of prequalified consultants, and a resilience valuation index, as defined, to assist local governments in community energy resilience planning. The bill would require the commission to periodically update the index.

8/03/22 – August 3 set for first hearing. Placed on suspense file.70%
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SB-852 | Dodd
Climate resilience districts: formation: funding mechanisms.

This bill would authorize a city, county, city and county, special district, or a combination of any of those entities to form a climate resilience district, as defined, for the purposes of raising and allocating funding for eligible projects and the operating expenses of eligible projects. The bill would deem each district to be an enhanced infrastructure financing district and would require each district to comply with existing law concerning enhanced infrastructure financing districts, unless the district is specified as otherwise. The bill would require a district to finance only specified projects that meet the definition of an eligible project. The bill would define “eligible project” to mean projects that address sea level rise, extreme heat, extreme cold, the risk of wildfire, drought, and the risk of flooding, as specified. The bill would establish project priorities and would authorize districts to establish additional priorities.
8/08/22 – Read third time and amended.80%
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SB-867 | Laird
Sea level rise: planning and adaptation.

This bill would require a local government, as defined, lying, in whole or in part, within the coastal zone, as defined, or within the jurisdiction of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, as defined, to address implement sea level rise planning and adaptation through either submitting a local coastal program, as defined, to the California Coastal Commission or submitting a subregional San Francisco Bay shoreline coastal resiliency plan, plan to the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, as applicable, by January 1, 2026, and 2026. The bill would require those local governments to provide a comprehensive update to that planning and adaptation every 10 years, and technical adjustments every 5 years, as prescribed. By imposing additional requirements on local governments, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would require, on or before December 31, 2023, the California Coastal Commission and the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, in close coordination with the Ocean Protection Council and the California Sea Level Rise State and Regional Support Collaborative, to establish guidelines for the preparation of that planning and adaptation. The bill would make the operation of its provisions contingent upon an appropriation for its purposes by the Legislature in the annual Budget Act or another statute.

8/03/22 – August 3 set for first hearing. Placed on suspense file.70%
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SB-989 | Hertzberg
Climate Change Preparedness, Resiliency, and Jobs for Communities Program: climate-beneficial projects: grant funding.

This bill would require, except as provided, payment of property taxes for a property to be deferred, without penalty or interest, if the property owner has claimed the property tax relief described above, but the county assessor has not completed its determination of the property’s eligibility for that relief, and the person requests deferment with the county assessor within one calendar year, but before January 1, 2024, of receiving the first tax bill for the property. The bill would defer those property taxes until the county assessor has reassessed the property and a corrected tax bill has been prepared and sent to the property owner or the county assessor has determined the property is not eligible for the property tax relief. The bill would set forth procedures for making payments following correction or determination of ineligibility.

This bill would also require a disclosure to be printed on each tax bill for properties that have been purchased, newly constructed, or changed in ownership in the year preceding the tax bill. The bill would require the disclosure to include information regarding the property tax relief and deferment procedures described above.

This bill would require counties with a population of over 4,000,000, as determined by the 2020 federal census, to comply with the bill’s requirements. The bill would authorize all other counties to comply with the bill’s requirements if the county’s board of supervisors, after consultation with the county assessor, county treasurer, and county tax collector, adopts a resolution to implement the requirements.

8/03/22 – August 3 set for first hearing. Placed on suspense file.70%
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SB-1049 | Dodd
Transportation Resilience Program.

This bill would establish the Transportation Resilience Program in the Department of Transportation, to be funded in the annual Budget Act from 15% of the available federal National Highway Performance Program funds and 100% of the available federal Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-Saving Transportation program funds. The bill would provide for funds to be allocated by the California Transportation Commission for climate adaptation planning and resilience improvements, as defined, that address or mitigate the risk of recurring damage to, or closures of, the state highway system, other federal-aid roads, public transit facilities, and other surface transportation assets from extreme weather events, sea level rise, or other climate change-fueled natural hazards.

6/02/22 – Referred to Com. on TRANS.60%
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SB-1077 | Bates
Coastal resources: Climate Ready Program: grants: nonnative and invasive plants: removal and restoration.

This bill would specifically authorize the conservancy to award grants to public agencies and nonprofit organizations that increase resilience of habitat and natural lands. The bill would require the conservancy, in awarding grants, as part of the prioritization of projects described above, to include those projects that accomplish the removal of nonnative and invasive plants from coastal features, habitats, and ecosystems, and their replacement with native species. plant species, upon appropriation. The bill would authorize the conservancy to consult, as needed, with the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Invasive Species Council of California, and other entities in determining the invasive status of any species. The bill would appropriate $7,000,000 from the General Fund to the conservancy for purposes of providing grants through the program for the removal of nonnative and invasive plants and restoration of native plants, as provided.

8/03/22 – August 3 set for first hearing. Placed on suspense file.60%
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SB-1078 | Allen
Sea Level Rise Revolving Loan Pilot Program.

This bill would require [Ocean Protection Council], in consultation with [State Coastal Conservancy], to develop the Sea Level Rise Revolving Loan Pilot Program for purposes of providing low-interest loans to local jurisdictions jurisdictions, as defined, for the purchase of coastal properties in their jurisdictions identified as vulnerable coastal property property, as defined, located in specified communities, including low-income communities, as provided. The bill would require the council, before January 1, 2024, in consultation with other state planning and coastal management agencies, as provided, to adopt guidelines and eligibility criteria for the program. The bill would authorize specified local jurisdictions to apply for, and be awarded, a low-interest loan under the program from the conservancy, in consultation with the council, if the local jurisdiction develops and submits to the conservancy a vulnerable coastal property plan and completes all other requirements imposed by the council. The bill would require the conservancy, in consultation with the council, to review the plans to determine whether they meet the required criteria and guidelines for vulnerable coastal properties to be eligible for participation in the program.

8/03/22 – August 3 set for first hearing. Placed on suspense file.60%
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SB-1123 | Caballero
Resilience Navigators Program: climate change resilience financial assistance programs.

This bill would require the [Office of Planning and Research], on or before July 1, 2023, to establish within the program the Resilience Navigators Program to provide information and guidance to potential applicants for state programs that offer financial assistance, including grants or loans, to develop or implement plans, programs, or projects that seek to create, improve, or enhance resilience to climate change, including disasters associated with or amplified by climate change, including, but not limited to, wildfires and extreme heat. The bill would require the office to develop and maintain on its internet website or a related, state-administered internet website, and update annually, an interactive resource of all of these state programs, as specified, provide specified information and guidance to entities that are potential applicants for these programs, and conduct outreach to vulnerable communities, as defined, regarding available programs.

This bill would require the Natural Resources Agency, on or before July 1, 2024, and in coordination with the Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program and state entities represented in the California Climate Adaptation Strategy, to develop an interactive internet website that displays the state’s climate adaptation strategy, including the strategy’s priorities, goals, actions, metrics, timeframes, and lead agencies, as provided, and to develop coordinated, science-based approaches for measuring the performance and outcomes of state investments that support implementation of the state’s climate adaptation strategy, as provided.

8/03/22 – August 3 set for first hearing. Placed on suspense file.60%
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SB-1205 | Allen
Water rights: appropriation.

This bill would require the board to develop and adopt regulations to provide greater specificity as to the methods and practices for determining water availability in the issuance and administration of water right permits and licenses, govern consideration of climate change in water availability analyses used in the board’s review of applications for water rights permits, including consideration of the effects of climate change, as specified, upon watershed hydrology as part of the preparation of water availability analyses. The bill would require the board to consult with the Department of Water Resources, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and qualified hydrologists and climate change scientists, among others, in preparing the regulations.

8/03/22 – August 3 set for first hearing. Placed on suspense file.70%
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SB-1217 | Allen and Cortese
State-Regional Collaborative for Climate, Equity, and Resilience.

This bill would establish, until January 1, 2028, the State-Regional Collaborative for Climate, Equity, and Resilience to provide guidance, on or before January 1, 2024, to the state board for approving new guidelines for sustainable communities strategies. The collaborative would consist of one representative each of the state board, the Transportation Agency, the Department of Housing and Community Development, and the Strategic Growth Council, along with 10 public members representing various local and state organizations, as specified. The bill would require, on or before December 31, 2025, the state board to update the guidelines for sustainable communities strategies to incorporate suggestions from the collaborative.

6/02/22 – Referred to Coms. on NAT. RES. and TRANS.60%
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