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Legislation Watch | 06.12.18

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June 11, 2018

The Coalition is tracking the following bills and others that affect alternative fuels and vehicles throughout the legislative session. June 1 was the deadline for passing bills out of their house of origin. The budget bill must be passed by midnight on June 15. All bills must be voted on by Aug. 31.  

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: Author pulled bill. No hearing is currently scheduled.

AB 1879 | Authors: Santiago and Rubio

In brief: Requires the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to provide a report explaining any moratoriums on new natural gas service connections. This bill would take effect immediately as an urgency statute.
Status: Passed the Assembly. In Senate Rules Committee for assignment.

AB 1945 | Author: Eduardo Garcia

In brief: Requires CARB to work with the state agencies administering grant programs that allocate funds from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to give specified communities preferential points during grant application scoring. It includes a specified application timeline for programs with competitive application processes, and allows applicants from Imperial and San Diego counties to include daytime population numbers in grant applications.
Detail: Requires use of funds to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; increase water supply resilience; reduce or prevent increases in transportation, energy, or fuel costs, particularly in disadvantaged communities; and accelerate the development and implementation of low-carbon technology.
Status: Passed the Assembly. In Senate Rules Committee for assignment.

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.
Status: Passed the Assembly. In Senate Rules Committee for assignment.

AB 2008 | Authors: Salas and Burke (supported by the Coalition)

In brief: Provides a tax cut through Jan. 1, 2024, to taxpayers who use Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program incentive funds to purchase an alternative-fuel vehicle.
Status: Did not pass out of committee to the Senate.

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: Passed the Assembly. In Senate Rules Committee for assignment.

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

In brief: Requires that at least 15 percent of newly purchased state vehicles weighing 19,000 pounds or more be fueled by RNG starting Jan. 1, 2022.
Status: Did not pass out of committee to the Senate.

AB 3201 | Author: Daly (opposed by the Coalition)

In brief: Adds large-scale deployments of transit buses to the California Clean Truck, Bus, and Off-Road Vehicle and Equipment Technology Program and revises the definition of “zero- and near-zero-emission” to include infrastructure that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and improves air quality when compared with conventional or fully commercialized alternatives.
Status: Did not pass out of committee to the Senate.

AB 3232 | Author: Friedman

In brief: Requires the CEC to develop a plan by Jan. 1, 2021, to make all new buildings zero emission and to create a strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions 40 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: Passed the Assembly. Ordered to the Senate.

SB 100 | Author: De León

In brief: Revises the goals of the California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program to achieve the CPUC’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 HOV identifiers for SULEVs, advanced technology partial zero-emission vehicles, and transitional zero-emission vehicles until Jan. 1, 2023, if the owner’s household income meets the threshold designated as low income.
Status: Passed the Senate. Ordered to the Assembly.

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: Passed the Senate. Ordered to the Assembly.

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 the Assembly Transportation Committee.

SB 1380 | Author: Stern

In brief: Authorizes the Office of Planning and Research to include, in its clearinghouse for climate adaptation data, information about funding and financing opportunities related to clean energy projects.
Status: Did not pass out of committee to the Assembly.

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: Referred to the Assembly Natural Resources Committee.

SB 1440 | Author: Hueso

In brief: Requires the CPUC to establish a biomethane procurement program by July 1, 2019, with goals for gas corporations to collectively procure 32 billion cubic feet of biomethane statewide each year.
Status: Passed the Senate. Ordered to the Assembly.

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