On June 30th, 2016, SB 32 (Pavely) was amended and is now linked to the enactment of AB 197 (Garcia).
We all know SB 32 as the extension bill of AB 32 that would require the state board to approve a statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit that is equivalent to 40% below the 1990 level to be achieved by 2030. So what’s changed?
As amended, the bill would also require:
CARB to annually, prepare and submit to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and appropriate policy committees a report relating to the greenhouse gas emissions reductions achieved toward those limits
Enactment of AB 197 by January 1, 2017.
What is AB 197? It is the CARB oversight bill that would make a big shift to the Board by:
Adding 2 members of the Legislature as non-voting members of CARB
Appointing all voting members to staggering 6-years terms
Creating a Climate Change Policy Advisory Committee consisting of 3 Senate Members and 3 Assembly Members. This committee will make recommendations to the Legislature in regard to state programs and policy related to GHG
Requiring CARB to adopt measures to reduce GHG emissions based on priority with first focus on direct emissions from larges stationary sources, oil refineries and the transportation sector
Requiring CARB to publicly rank and report the adopted emissions reduction measures annually. This report will be presented at a CARB meeting annually.
SB 32 has been re-referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee. MCCV will continue to track both bills and report implications to our members.