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Legislation Watch

Legislation Watch | 03.06.18

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March 5, 2018

The Coalition is tracking the following bills and others throughout the legislative session that affect alternative fuels and vehicles. February 16 was the last day for bills to be introduced. The Legislature will adjourn for spring recess on March 22.

AB 1745 | Authors: Ting, Christina Garcia, and McCarty (opposed by the Coalition)

In brief: Starting Jan. 1, 2040, the bill prohibits the DMV from accepting applications for the original registration of any vehicles that aren’t zero emission, except those weighing 10,001 pounds or more.
Status: Referred to Assembly Transportation Committee.

AB 1945 | Author: Garcia

In brief: This spot bill makes a nonsubstantive (and currently undefined) change to the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, which authorizes CARB to deposit funds collected through the use of market-based compliance mechanisms in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund for appropriation by the Legislature.
Status: Read first time.

AB 1879 | Authors: Santiago and Rubio

In brief: Prevents the Public Utilities Commission from prohibiting a gas corporation from providing new natural gas service connections. This bill would take effect immediately as an urgency statute.
Status: Referred to Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce.

AB 2006 | Author: Eggman

In brief: Establishes the Agricultural Worker Clean Transportation Investment Program, which would fund the deployment of near-zero-emission and zero-emission vehicles for agricultural vanpools serving disadvantaged or low-income communities.
Details: The bill authorizes CARB to fund the program from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.
Status: Referred to Assembly committees on Transportation and Natural Resources.

AB 2008 | Author: Salas

In brief: Excludes from gross income any amount provided to a taxpayer through the Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program to purchase new low-emission or zero-emission engines.
Status: Referred to Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation.

AB 2061 | Author: Frazier (sponsored by the Coalition)

In brief: Authorizes a near-zero-emission or zero-emission vehicle to exceed weight limits by as much as 2,000 pounds or an amount equal to the difference between the weight of the vehicle attributable to the fueling system and that of a comparable diesel fueling system.
Status: Referred to Assembly Committee on Transportation.

AB 2506 | Author: Burke (sponsored by the Coalition)

In brief: Requires that at least 30 percent of newly purchased state vehicles weighing 19,000 pounds or more be near-zero emission, starting Jan. 1, 2020.
Status: Read first time.

AB 3232 | Author: Friedman

In brief: Requires the CEC to establish a plan by Jan. 1, 2020, to make all new buildings zero emission and to create a strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions 50 percent below 1990 levels in the state’s building stock by Jan. 1, 2030.
The CEC must also establish standards for the electric and gas corporations and local publicly owned electric and gas utilities to use when reporting their greenhouse gas emissions.
Status: Read first time.

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 it 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: Pending action.

SB 957 | Author: Lara

In brief: Extends high-occupancy vehicle identifiers for SULEVs, advanced technology partial-zero-emissions vehicles, and transitional zero-emissions vehicles for an additional four years if the owner’s household income meets the threshold designated as low income.
Status: Referred to Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing.

SB 1014 | Author: Skinner

In brief: Creates the California Clean Miles Standard and Incentive Program for zero-emission vehicles used for taxi-type transportation services. The bill aims to make 100 percent of passenger miles emission free by Dec. 31, 2028.
Details: SB 1014 requires CARB to allocate $30 million from the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project for incentives to purchase zero-emission vehicles as replacements for fossil fuel–powered service cars.
Status: Referred to Senate committees on Energy, Utilities, and Communications; Environmental Quality; and Transportation and Housing.

SB 1119 | Author: Newman

In brief: Authorizes transit agencies that service disadvantaged communities to spend 50 percent of CARB Low Carbon Transit Operations Program funds on fare subsidies, transit connections, or technology improvements that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Referred to Senate committees on Environmental Quality, and Transportation and Housing.

SB 1380 | Author: Stern

In brief: Creates the Clean Energy Financing Clearinghouse to coordinate all government programs that invest capital into energy technologies advancing environmental goals.
Details: The office would partner with capital providers, investors, and tech companies to boost private investment in energy technologies that better protect the environment.
Status: Read first time.

SB 1401 | Author: Wieckowski

In brief: Requires the Office of Planning and Research to collect feedback from entities that use its climate adaptation information clearinghouse in order to make it more effective and useful.
Status: Read first time.

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