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                                 THIRD READING


          Bill No:  AB 46
          Author:   Blakeslee (R)
          Amended:  9/4/09 in Senate
          Vote:     27

           
           SENATE ENERGY, U.&C. COMMITTEE  :  11-0, 7/7/09
          AYES:  Padilla, Benoit, Calderon, Corbett, Cox, Kehoe,  
            Lowenthal, Simitian, Strickland, Wiggins, Wright

           SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE  :  13-0, 8/27/09
          AYES:  Kehoe, Cox, Corbett, Denham, Hancock, Leno, Oropeza,  
            Price, Runner, Walters, Wolk, Wyland, Yee
           
          ASSEMBLY FLOOR  :  76-0, 6/1/09 - See last page for vote


           SUBJECT  :    Energy

           SOURCE  :     Author


           DIGEST  :    This bill extends the operation of the State  
          Energy Conservation Assistance Account, scheduled to sunset  
          in 2011, to January 1, 2012.  In addition, this bill  
          extends the operation of the Local Jurisdiction Energy  
          Assistance Account, currently required to sunset in 2011,  
          to January 1, 2012, and reinstates the California Energy  
          Commission participation in SAFE-BIDCO [State Assistance  
          Fund for Enterprise, Business, and Industrial Development  
          Corporation].

           Senate Floor Amendments  of 9/4/09 reinstate the California  
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          Energy Commission participation in SAFE-BIDCO.

           ANALYSIS  :    Current law establishes the Energy  
          Conservation Assistance Account (ECAA) to provide loans to  
          schools, hospitals, and local governments for financing  
          energy conservation projects.  This program sunsets on  
          January 1, 2011.

          This bill extends that sunset until January 1, 2012.

          Current law establishes the Local Jurisdiction Energy  
          Assistance Account (LJEA) to loan specified monies to local  
          governments for energy conservation projects, small power  
          production systems, and to improve the efficiency of local  
          transportation systems.  This program sunsets on 
          January 1, 2011.

          This bill extends that sunset until January 1, 2012.

          Current law establishes SAFE-BIDCO, which administers  
          several state and federal loan and loan guarantee programs  
          for small businesses.  The board of SAFE-BIDCO is comprised  
          of six members of the public, a member of the Governor's  
          cabinet, and a member of the California Energy Commission.

          This bill allows the member of the California Energy  
          Commission to appoint a designee to serve on the board of  
          directors of SAFE-BIDCO.
           
          Background

           The ECAA is a $26 million low interest program for local  
          governments, colleges, schools, and hospitals to finance  
          energy efficiency projects.  The projects must have a  
          payback of not more than 10 years.  The loans, which will  
          finance up to 100 percent of the cost of the project, are  
          repaid from the energy cost savings.  The ECAA program is  
          continuously appropriated.
          The LJEA was funded from penalties resulting from federal  
          lawsuits against oil companies for overcharging.  Since its  
          inception in the 1980s, the LJEA has funded over 600  
          projects.  It is a much smaller program than the ECAA.

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          small-business loan program, one of which is for energy  
          efficiency.  

           FISCAL EFFECT  :    Appropriation:  Yes   Fiscal Com.:  Yes    
          Local:  No

           SUPPORT  :   (Verified  9/4/09)

          California Hospital Association
          Cities of Los Angeles and San Jose
          South Coast Air Quality Management District


           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  : 
          AYES:  Adams, Ammiano, Anderson, Arambula, Beall, Bill  
            Berryhill, Tom Berryhill, Blakeslee, Blumenfield,  
            Brownley, Buchanan, Caballero, Charles Calderon, Carter,  
            Chesbro, Conway, Cook, Coto, De La Torre, De Leon,  
            DeVore, Duvall, Emmerson, Eng, Evans, Feuer, Fletcher,  
            Fong, Fuentes, Fuller, Furutani, Gaines, Galgiani,  
            Garrick, Gilmore, Hagman, Harkey, Hayashi, Hernandez,  
            Hill, Huber, Huffman, Jeffries, Jones, Knight, Krekorian,  
            Lieu, Logue, Bonnie Lowenthal, Ma, Mendoza, Miller,  
            Monning, Nava, Nestande, Niello, Nielsen, John A. Perez,  
            V. Manuel Perez, Portantino, Price, Ruskin, Salas,  
            Saldana, Silva, Skinner, Smyth, Solorio, Audra  
            Strickland, Swanson, Torlakson, Torres, Torrico, Tran,  
            Villines, Yamada
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Block, Davis, Hall, Bass


          DLW:mw  9/8/09   Senate Floor Analyses 

                         SUPPORT/OPPOSITION:  SEE ABOVE

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