Energy & Climate Legislation
Check back frequently for updates during legislative sessions (January – October every year).
Click HERE for the complete list of bills we monitored in 2019
Click HERE for the complete list of bills we monitored in the 2018 legislative session.
Click HERE for the complete list of bills we monitored in the 2017 legislative session.
Click HERE for the complete list of bills we monitored in the 2015-16 legislative session.
Community Choice Law
The two pieces of legislation that make Community Choice possible in California are AB 117 (Migden, 2002) and SB 790 (Leno, 2011). AB 117 established Community Choice and SB 790 strengthened it by creating a “code of conduct” that the incumbent utilities must adhere to in their activities relative to Community Choice.
Community Choice law, Assembly Bill 117 (Migden), enacted in 2002, can be found in the California Public Utilities Code sections 331.1,381.1, 707 and Code Sections 360 through 380.5. Scroll down to code section 366.2, where the main body of information describing Community Choice can be found. Community Choice law was conceived as a way to salvage a good part of the deregulation experiment of the late 1990s and early 2000s, choice.
Keeping track of Climate, Energy, and Community Choice-related Legislation
In any given legislative year there are bills that either directly relate to the climate crisis, energy, and Community Choice Energy, or may impact Community Choice in some way. Please let us know if you are aware of a bill that should be highlighted here.
The official California legislation tracking website is: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/ This is where you can find out about the status of any bill and subscribe to updates on specific bills.
Another excellent tool is the Advanced Energy Legislation Tracker that can be used to find energy-related bills in California, other states, and at the federal level.
Open meetings law:
All State-level governing bodies are subject to the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act. In order to understand the rules around advance notice of meetings, posting of agendas, requirements for public comment, etc., it would be a good idea to review the Act.
To find out who your California representatives are visit this handy site: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/
Having a hard time understanding the lingo? Try this glossary of common legislative terms.