The following list highlights bills that Surfrider supports. Given the fluidity of the legislative session, we may add new bills, take a supporting stance in the future on bills currently being tracked, or opt out of supporting depending on changes to the language. If you have any questions, please contact California Surfrider Policy Manager Jennifer Savage at jsavage@surfrider.org.

UPDATE 8/21/19: We’re at the point in the legislation-passing game when many bills wind up in the Appropriations Committee’s “suspense file.”

What is an Appropriations Committee? Each state legislative House has an Appropriations Committee; Senate version here, Assembly version here. Essentially, “…all bills with a fiscal impact, as determined by Legislative Counsel, are referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee after they have been heard in their respective policy committees.  This can include bills that appropriate money, result in substantial expenditure of state money, or result in a substantial loss of revenue to the state.” 

What is the “suspense file”? The suspense file is a holding placing for bills with significant fiscal impacts. Bills are generally held on the suspense file before each fiscal deadline so that each House can evaluate the total impacts to the state. Bills which are moved out of suspense then go to the floor while bills held in suspense die.

Deadlines:

  • August 30 – last day for Appropriations to move bills to Houses
  • Sept. 13 – last day to pass legislation
  • Oct. 13 – last day for Governor to sign bills into law

ASSEMBLY

PLASTICS

  • AB 1080 (Gonzalez) California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction

7/25 PASSED OUT OF ASSEMBLY ON TO SENATE, SET FOR APPROPS HEARING 8/26

Summary: Would establish the California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act, which would require the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, in consultation with the State Water Resources Control Board and the Ocean Protection Council, to adopt  regulations to source reduce and recycle 75% of single-use packaging and products sold or distributed in California by 2030.

Click Here to sign our action alert for this bill.


5/31 STALLED IN PROCESS

Summary: Would require the State Water Resources Control Board to take specified actions relating to microfiber pollution on or before July 1,2020, and would require the state board to identify best practices for clothing manufacturers to reduce the amount of microfibers released into the  environment. The bill would require, on or before January 1,2020, a public entity that uses a laundry system, and a private entity that contracts with a state agency for laundry services, to install a filtration system to capture microfibers that are shed during washing.


  • AB 619 (Chiu) Retail food: reusable containers: multi-use utensils.

7/12 SIGNED BY GOVERNOR (YAY!) INTO LAW

Summary: Current law requires returned empty containers intended for refilling with food or  beverage to be cleaned and refilled in an approved facility, except that consumer-owned containers may be refilled and returned to the same consumer if the container is refilled by an employee of the food facility or the      owner of the container and the dispensing system includes a contamination-free transfer process. This bill would instead provide that clean consumer-owned containers provided or returned to the food facility for filling may be filled by either the employee or the owner of the container, and would require      the food facility to isolate the consumer-owned containers from the serving surface or sanitize the serving surface after each filling.


  • AB 792 (Ting) Recycling: plastic beverage containers: minimum recycled content.

7/25 PASSED OUT OF ASSEMBLY ON TO SENATE, IN SUSPENSE IN APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE

Summary: Current law requires a manufacturer of a beverage sold in a plastic beverage container subject to the California Redemption Value to annually report to the department the amount of virgin plastic and postconsumer recycled plastic used by the manufacturer for plastic beverage containers subject to the California Redemption Value for sale in the state in the previous calendar year. This bill, on and after January 1, 2021, would require a plastic beverage container filled with a beverage by a beverage manufacturer to contain specified amounts of recycled content, as provided, pursuant to a  tiered plan that would require the beverage container to contain 100% recycled content on and after January 1, 2035.


  • AB 1583 (Eggman) The California Recycling Market Development Act.

7/25 PASSED OUT OF ASSEMBLY ON TO SENATE, IN SUSPENSE IN APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE

Summary: (1) Current law requires all rigid plastic bottles and rigid plastic containers sold in  the state to be labeled with a code that indicates the resin used to produce the bottles or containers, with specified numbers and letters placed in relation to a triangle, designed as prescribed. This bill would delete the prescribed description of that triangle.


Offshore Oil Drilling

  • AB 342 (Muratsuchi)   Public lands: leasing: oil and gas: prohibition.                                 

7/25 PASSED OUT OF ASSEMBLY, IN SENATE

This bill would prohibit any state agency, department, or commission, or any local trustee, as defined, with leasing authority over public lands within the state from entering into any new lease or other conveyance authorizing new construction of oil- and gas-related infrastructure upon public lands, including tidelands and submerged lands, to support production of oil and natural gas upon federal lands that are designated as, or were at any time designated as, federally protected, including, but not limited to, federal lands designated as national monuments. The bill would provide that these provisions do not prevent specified activities, including, among others, any activity undertaken to convey oil or natural gas produced from state lands or waters.


  • AB 936 (Rivas) Oil spills: response and contingency planning.

6/25 PASSED OUT OF ASSEMBLY ON TO SENATE, IN SUSPENSE IN APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE

Summary: Would define “nonfloating oil” for purposes of the Lempert-Keene-Seastrand Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act. The bill would require the administrator for oil spill response to complete on or before January 1, 2022, an independent scientific study to determine the best available means of addressing nonfloating oil spills and to develop a set of findings defining the elements of state-of-the-art response capability to nonfloating oil spills. The bill would require the administrator to include in the revision to the California oil spill contingency plan due on or before January 1, 2023, an evaluation of nonfloating oil taking into consideration the results of the study.


Climate Change Adaptation

5/31 PASSED OUT OF ASSEMBLY ON TO SENATE

Summary: Would require specific things of the State Coastal Conservancy when it allocates any funding appropriated pursuant to the The California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018, including that it prioritize projects that use natural infrastructure, as defined, to help adapt to climate change. The bill would require the Conservancy to provide information to the Office of Planning and Research on any projects funded pursuant to the above provision to be considered for inclusion into the clearinghouse for climate adaptation information. The bill would authorize the conservancy to provide technical assistance to coastal communities to better assist them with their projects that use natural infrastructure.


  • AB 975 (Calderon) Environmental protection: California Adaptation Leadership and Coordination Act of 2019.

5/31 PASSED OUT OF ASSEMBLY ON TO SENATE, IN SUSPENSE IN APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE

Summary: Would establish the California Adaptation Leadership and Coordination Act of 2019, which would require the Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency, in coordination with the Governor’s office, to communicate with other countries, states, regional collaboratives, and subnational governments to support and promote the state’s goals and policies relating to ocean, coastal, and terrestrial adaptation, and would require the secretary to take all action necessary when collaborating with other countries, states, regional collaboratives, and subnational governments related to accomplishing those goals and policies, as prescribed.


  • AB 839 (Mullin) Climate adaptation strategy: strategic resiliency framework: Adaptation through Resiliency, Economic Vitality, and Equity Account.

5/31 PASSED OUT OF ASSEMBLY ON TO SENATE, IN SUSPENSE IN APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE

Summary: Existing law requires the Natural Resources Agency to update every 3 years the state’s climate adaptation strategy, known as the Safeguarding California Plan, to identify vulnerabilities to climate change by sectors and priority actions needed to reduce the risks in those sectors. This bill would require the Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency, on or before July 1, 2021, to review the plan and develop a strategic resiliency framework, as specified.


Coastal Access

5/31 PASSED OUT OF ASSEMBLY ON TO SENATE, IN SUSPENSE IN APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE

Summary: Existing law requires the Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation to maintain and keep up to date a comprehensive plan for the development of the outdoor recreation resources of the state for purposes of the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965.
This bill would establish the Office of Outdoor Recreation in the Office of the Governor. The bill would require the office to undertake certain activities, including supporting the outdoor recreation economy and working toward equitable access to outdoor areas of the state by engaging in specified activities. The bill would also require the office to create an advisory committee to provide advice, expertise, support, and service to the office. The bill would authorize the office to receive assistance and funds from public and private sources, and would require that the moneys received by the office pursuant to this provision or appropriated by the Legislature for purposes of the bill be deposited in the California Outdoor Recreation Account, which the bill would create.


5/31 STALLED IN PROCESS

Summary: Current law establishes the State Coastal Conservancy with prescribed powers and responsibilities relating to the acquisition, protection, preservation, and enhancement of coastal lands within the coastal zone, as defined. Current law, for purposes of those provisions, defines a “nonprofit organization” to mean any private, nonprofit organization, that qualifies as a nonprofit organization under a specified provision of the Internal Revenue Code, and whose purposes are consistent with those provisions governing the conservancy. This bill would revise that definition by eliminating the requirement that a nonprofit organization have purposes that are consistent with those provisions governing the conservancy.


SENATE

Plastics

  • SB 54 (Allen) California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act.

7/25 PASSED OUT OF SENATE ON TO ASSEMBLY, IN SUSPENSE IN APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE

Summary: Would establish the California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act, which would require the department,in consultation with the State Water Resources  Control Board and the Ocean Protection Council, to adopt regulations to source reduce and recycle 75% of single-use packaging and products sold or distributed in California by 2030.

Click Here to sign our action alert for this bill.


  • SB424  (Jackson) Tobacco products: single-use and multi-use components.

5/31 PASSED OUT OF SENATE ON TO ASSEMBLY, 7/10 ON HOLD TILL 2020

Summary: Would prohibit a person or entity from selling, giving, or furnishing to another person of any age in this state a cigarette utilizing a single-use filter made of any material, an attachable and single-use plastic device meant to facilitate manual manipulation or filtration of a tobacco product, and  a single-use electronic cigarette or vaporizer device. The bill would prohibit that selling, giving, or furnishing, whether conducted directly or indirectly through an in-person transaction, or by means of any public or private method of shipment or delivery to an address in this state.

Click Here to sign our action alert for this bill.


Water Quality

5/31 PASSED OUT OF SENATE ON TO ASSEMBLY, IN SUSPENSE IN APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE

Summary: This bill would require the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Diego region, to negotiate an interagency agreement with the federal government under which the Department of Water Resources would be responsible for the planning, design, permitting, and construction of the Tijuana River Border Pollution Control Project, as defined. The bill would require the state share of funding for the project to equal the federal share, and would require the proposed interagency agreement to make the federal government responsible for the ownership, operation, and maintenance of the project after it has been constructed.

Click Here to sign the action alert for this bill.


Coastal Access

  • SB 367 (Hueso) State Coastal Conservancy: grants: educational projects and programs.

7/25 PASSED OUT OF ASSEMBLY ON TO SENATE, IN SUSPENSE IN APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE

Summary: Current law establishes the State Coastal Conservancy and prescribes the membership, functions, and duties of the conservancy with regard to the protection, preservation, and enhancement of specified coastal lands in the state. Current law authorizes the conservancy to fund and undertake plans and feasibility studies and to award grants to public agencies and nonprofit organizations for these purposes. This bill would additionally authorize the conservancy to provide technical assistance, and award grants for that purpose.


Offshore Oil Drilling

5/31 PASSED OUT OF ASSEMBLY ON TO SENATE, IN SUSPENSE IN APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE

SUMMARY: Under existing law, the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources in the Department of Conservation regulates the drilling, operation, maintenance, and abandonment of oil and gas wells in the state. Existing law requires an operator who engages in the drilling, redrilling, deepening, or in any operation permanently altering the casing, of a well, or who acquires a well, to file with the State Oil and Gas Supervisor an individual indemnity bond for each well so drilled, redrilled, deepened, permanently altered, or acquired in specified amounts depending on the depth of the well. Existing law authorizes an operator who engages in the drilling, redrilling, deepening, or in any operation permanently altering the casing, of 20 or more wells at any time, to file with the supervisor one blanket indemnity bond to cover all the operations in any of its wells in the state, in a specified amount depending on the total number of wells in the state, in lieu of the above-described requirement for an individual indemnity bond for each operation. This bill would require the division to develop a mechanism to assess the full cost of decommissioning, cleanup, and remediation of infrastructure related to the oil and gas industry, including pipeline facilities, pump facilities, and storage facilities.