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                                   THIRD READING 


          Bill No:  AB 134
          Author:   Committee on Budget  
          Amended:  9/10/15  
          Vote:     21  

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR:  Not relevant

           SUBJECT:   Budget Act of 2015


          SOURCE:    Author
          
          DIGEST:  This bill makes appropriations from the Greenhouse Gas  
          Reduction Fund (GGRF) for the 2015-16 fiscal year. 
          
          ANALYSIS:   The Legislature passed the 2015 Budget Act on June  
          15, 2015.
          This bill appropriates $220 million from the GGRF to continue  
          limited cap-and-trade expenditures while further consideration  
          is given to the larger expenditure plan.  Specifically, this  
          bill: 

          1)Allows $500,000 of the funds continuously appropriated to the  
            Strategic Growth Council to be available to provide technical  
            assistance to disadvantaged communities and requires the  
            council to report on the use of these funds at legislative  
            budget hearings.

          2)Provides $70 million to the Department of Community Services  
            and Development for a local assistance program designed to  
            increase the energy efficiency of homes which are owned or  
            occupied by low-income persons, and to reduce their total  
            residential expenditures such as heating and cooling bills.  








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            The program is intended to increase energy efficiency and  
            reduce energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions. An  
            additional $4.1 million is provided for state operations.

          3)Provides $90 million to the Air Resources Board (ARB) Clean  
            Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) which is designed to promote the  
            purchase of battery electric, plug-in hybrid electric, and  
            fuel cell vehicles. Rebates of up to $5,000 per light-duty  
            vehicle are available for individuals, nonprofits, government  
            entities, and business owners who purchase or lease an  
            eligible vehicle. An additional $2.2 million is provided for  
            state operations.

          4)Provides $40 million to the Department of Food and Agriculture  
            State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP)  
            solicitation which will provide grant funding to agriculture  
            operations to implement conservation measures that result in  
            water savings and reduced greenhouse gas emissions in  
            irrigation systems. Funds may be used by an agricultural  
            operation for project implementation costs. 

          5)Provides $19 million to the Department of Water Resources  
            Water-Energy Grant Program to implement water efficiency  
            programs or projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and  
            reduce water and energy use. Eligible applicants include local  
            agencies, joint powers authorities, and nonprofit  
            organizations. Projects include residential, commercial and  
            institutional water efficiency programs. An additional $1  
            million is provided for state operations.

          FISCAL EFFECT:   Appropriation:    No          Fiscal  
          Com.:NoLocal:    No


          SUPPORT:   (Verified9/11/15)


          None received


          OPPOSITION:   (Verified9/11/15)


          None received







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          ASSEMBLY FLOOR:  51-27, 3/23/15
          AYES:  Alejo, Bloom, Bonilla, Bonta, Brown, Burke, Calderon,  
            Campos, Chau, Chiu, Chu, Cooley, Cooper, Dababneh, Daly, Dodd,  
            Eggman, Frazier, Cristina Garcia, Eduardo Garcia, Gatto,  
            Gipson, Gomez, Gonzalez, Gordon, Roger Hernández, Holden,  
            Irwin, Jones-Sawyer, Levine, Lopez, Low, McCarty, Medina,  
            Mullin, Nazarian, O'Donnell, Perea, Quirk, Rendon,  
            Ridley-Thomas, Rodriguez, Salas, Santiago, Mark Stone,  
            Thurmond, Ting, Weber, Williams, Wood, Atkins
          NOES:  Achadjian, Travis Allen, Baker, Bigelow, Chang, Chávez,  
            Dahle, Beth Gaines, Gallagher, Grove, Hadley, Harper, Jones,  
            Kim, Lackey, Linder, Maienschein, Mathis, Mayes, Melendez,  
            Obernolte, Olsen, Patterson, Steinorth, Wagner, Waldron, Wilk
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Brough, Gray

          Prepared by:Catherine Freeman and Farra Bracht / B. & F.R. /  
          (916) 651-4103
          9/11/15 13:43:14


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