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Legislation Watch | 08.01.17

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August 1, 2017

The Coalition is tracking the following bills and others that affect alternative fuels and vehicles throughout the legislative session. The Legislature is on summer recess and will reconvene on Aug. 21.

AB 302 | Author: Gipson (sponsored by the Coalition)

In brief: Gives the South Coast AQMD the authority to adopt rules and regulations requiring operators of public and commercial fleet vehicles to purchase and run zero-emission and near-zero-emission vehicles in the district. Read the fact sheet.
Status: Now a two-year bill.

AB 398 | Author: Eduardo Garcia

In brief: Extends the cap-and-trade program through Jan. 1, 2030. Establishes a system of declining annual aggregate emissions limits for sources that emit GHGs and requires CARB to set a ceiling on the price of allowances and decrease the number of offsets allowed. CARB must also establish a system for decreasing the cap on GHG emissions from Jan. 1, 2021, to Dec. 31, 2030.
Details: Requires CARB to update the GHG emissions scoping plan by Jan. 1, 2018, and ensure that all GHG rules and regulations it adopts are consistent with the plan. Establishes the Compliance Offsets Protocol Task Force to provide guidance to CARB on increasing offset projects that prioritize disadvantaged communities, and the Independent Emissions Market Advisory Committee to report on the cap-and-trade program. Also prohibits an air district from implementing a cap-and-trade program to reduce carbon dioxide from stationary sources until Jan. 1, 2031.
Status: Signed into law.

AB 476 | Author: Gipson (sponsored by the Coalition)

In brief: Defines a heavy-duty vehicle as having a manufacturer’s maximum gross vehicle weight of 26,001 or more pounds.
Details: Existing law defines a heavy-duty vehicle as having a manufacturer’s maximum gross vehicle weight of 6,001 or more pounds.
Status: Now a two-year bill.

AB 544 | Author: Bloom

In brief: Allows drivers of high-occupancy vehicles, superlow- and ultralow-emission vehicles, partial zero-emission vehicles, or transitional zero-emission vehicles to use HOV lanes for four years after vehicle identifiers are issued.
Details: These provisions would be repealed on Sept. 30, 2025.
Status: Re-referred to Senate Appropriations Committee.

AB 617 | Authors: Cristina Garcia, Eduardo Garcia, Santiago

In brief: Requires CARB to develop a uniform statewide system for annual reporting of criteria air pollutants and toxic air contaminants emitted from stationary sources. Also calls for CARB to prepare a monitoring plan for criteria air pollutants and toxic air contaminants and to use the plan to choose the highest-priority locations for community air-monitoring systems; the first location must be selected by July 1, 2019.
Details: Requires CARB to prepare a statewide strategy by Oct. 1, 2018, for reducing emissions of toxic air contaminants and criteria pollutants in highly polluted communities, and to update it every five years.
Status: Signed into law.

AB 739 | Author: Chau (opposed by the Coalition unless amended)

In brief: Requires that by Dec. 31, 2025, at least 15 percent of all state-purchased vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 19,000 pounds or more be zero emission, and that by Dec. 31, 2030, at least 30 percent of those vehicles be zero emission.
Details: The Coalition has requested amendments to include near-zero-emission options for heavy-duty vehicles, allowing state fleets to start reducing emissions immediately.
Status: Re-referred to the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

AB 1073 | Author: Eduardo Garcia

In brief: Extends funding for early commercial deployment of zero- and near-zero-emission heavy-duty truck technology to Dec. 31, 2020.
Details: Existing law requires CARB to allocate, until Jan. 1, 2018, at least 20 percent of funding for a specified class of projects to support the early commercial deployment of market-ready zero- and near-zero-emission heavy-duty truck technology.
Status: Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee suspense file.

AB 1683 | Author: Burke

In brief: Requires the Strategic Growth Council, which awards competitive grants through the Transformative Climate Communities Program, to report to the Legislature on investments made, specific projects funded, and locations selected by Jan. 1, 2019.
Status: Referred to the Senate Rules Committee.

SB 100 | Author: De León

In brief: Revises the goals of the California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program to achieve the California Public Utility Commission’s 50 percent renewable resources target by Dec. 31, 2026, and its 60 percent target by Dec. 31, 2030. Also calls for zero-carbon resources to generate all electricity sold at retail by Dec. 31, 2045.
Details: The original bill included RNG as an acceptable renewable energy resource, but was amended to specify zero-carbon only. The Coalition is working to reinstate RNG as a tool for California to achieve a 100 percent renewable portfolio.
Status: Re-referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee.


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