Legislative Update for September 17, 2020

The Governor has until September 30 to sign or veto bills. Below is a summary of the results of some of the bills we monitored. To save you time, we have only included bills that have been signed by the governor or are still pending on his desk. All other bills died in committee.


For a complete list of the 135 bills we tracked in 2020, click HERE.

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See our collected position letters HERE.


Assembly Bills

AB 78 (Multiple co-authors) This is a budget trailer bill within the overall 2020-21 budget package necessary to implement actions related to the California Infrastructure Bank (IBank). It establishes a Climate Catalyst Revolving Loan Fund at the IBank to receive funds from non State governmental entities and private sources for the purpose of making loans for climate catalyst projects that further the state’s climate goals. These moneys are available for expenditure upon appropriation by the Legislature. The Strategic Growth Council will advise the Legislature on categories to fund and a report on the projects funded would be prepared annually.  STATUS: Signed by the Governor.

AB 841 (Ting) Supported – Reallocates funds to help upgrade school HVAC systems and advance electric vehicle charging infrastructure.  STATUS: On the Governor’s desk awaiting signature.

AB 2800 (Quirk) – Creates a Climate Safe Infrastructure Working Group. STATUS: On the Governor’s desk.

AB 3214 (Limón) – Supported. Read coalition Letter of Support that The Climate Center’s signed on to. This bill increases existing fines for oil spills. STATUS: On the Governor’s desk awaiting signature.

Senate Bills

SB 1320 (Stern) SUPPORT – Directs the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR), through the Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program (ICARP), to complete a California-specific climate change assessment no less frequently than every five years to assess the impacts and risks of climate change and identify potential solutions to inform legislative policy. STATUS: On the Governor’s desk, awaiting signature.

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