Amended in Senate July 7, 2015

Amended in Assembly May 5, 2015

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 1030


Introduced by Assembly Member Ridley-Thomas

February 26, 2015


An act to amend Section 39712 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to greenhouse gases.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 1030, as amended, Ridley-Thomas. California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.

The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 establishes the State Air Resources Board as the state agency responsible for monitoring and regulating sources emitting greenhouse gases. The act authorizes the state board to include the use of market-based compliance mechanisms. Existing law requires all moneys, except for fines and penalties, collected by the state board from the auction or sale of allowances as part of a market-based compliance mechanism to be deposited in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund and to be available upon appropriation by the Legislature. Existing law requires the Department of Finance, in consultation with the state board and any other relevant state agency, to develop, as specified, a 3-year investment plan for the moneys deposited in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. Existing law requires moneys in the fund to be used to facilitate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and, where applicable and to the extent feasible, to foster job creation by promoting in-state greenhouse gas emissions reduction projects carried out by California workers and businesses.

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Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

The Legislature finds and declares all of the
2following:

3(a) With the adoption of Assembly Bill 32 (Chapter 488 of the
4Statutes of 2006), Senate Bill 535 (Chapter 830 of the Statutes of
52012), and related climate policies, the state has led the nation in
6tackling climate change and ensuring that climate policies and
7investments help lift up our state’s most disinvested communities.

8(b) The revenue generated through the auction of carbon
9allowances provides an opportunity to promote triple bottom line
10investments that tackle our climate crises, grow our economy, and
11promote equity.

12(c) The growth rate of green jobs is significantly faster than that
13of all other jobs nationwide, and the majority of this job growth
14is in California, making the state a national and international leader
15in green jobs.

16(d) Green jobs are accessible to people with a variety of
17educational attainment and, on average, offer a higher median
18wage and better opportunities for career advancement. Preparing
19and connecting disconnected youth and disadvantaged workers to
20these jobs is critical to ensuring these jobs support a future of
21shared prosperity.

22(e) It is the intent of the Legislature to ensure that investments
23made through the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, created
24pursuant to Section 16428.8 of the Government Code, continue to
25support the growth of the diverse green jobs sector in the state,
26increase access to green jobs for disconnected youth and other
27disadvantaged workers, and support workforce training
P3    1opportunities that create a pathway for disadvantaged workers to
2enter the green jobs sector.

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SEC. 2.  

Section 39712 of the Health and Safety Code is
4amended to read:

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39712.  

(a) (1) It is the intent of the Legislature that moneys
6shall be appropriated from the fund only in a manner consistent
7with the requirements of this chapter and Article 9.7 (commencing
8with Section 16428.8) of Chapter 2 of Part 2 of Division 4 of Title
92 of the Government Code.

10(2) The state shall not approve allocations for a measure or
11program using moneys appropriated from the fund except after
12determining, based on the available evidence, that the use of those
13moneys furthers the regulatory purposes of Division 25.5
14(commencing with Section 38500) and is consistent with law. If
15any expenditure of moneys from the fund for any measure or
16project is determined by a court to be inconsistent with law, the
17allocations for the remaining measures or projects shall be
18severable and shall not be affected.

19(b) Moneys shall be used to facilitate the achievement of
20reductions of greenhouse gas emissions in this state consistent
21with Division 25.5 (commencing with Section 38500) and, where
22applicable and to the extent feasible:

23(1) Maximize economic, environmental, and public health
24benefits to the state.

25(2) (A) Foster job creation by promoting in-state greenhouse
26gas emissions reduction projects carried out by California workers
27and businesses.

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28(B) For projects that involve hiring, projects that include
29partnerships with training entities that have a proven track record
30of placing disadvantaged workers in career-track jobs shall be
31prioritized.

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32(B) Prioritize, for projects that involve hiring pursuant to this
33paragraph, those projects that support targeted training and hiring
34of workers from disadvantaged communities for career-track jobs.

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35(3) Complement efforts to improve air quality.

36(4) Direct investment toward the most disadvantaged
37communities and households in the state.

38(5) Provide opportunities for businesses, public agencies,
39nonprofits, and other community institutions to participate in and
40benefit from statewide efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

P4    1(6) Lessen the impacts and effects of climate change on the
2state’s communities, economy, and environment.

3(c) Moneys appropriated from the fund may be allocated,
4consistent with subdivision (a), for the purpose of reducing
5greenhouse gas emissions in this state through investments that
6may include, but are not limited to, any of the following:

7(1) Funding to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy
8efficiency, clean and renewable energy generation, distributed
9renewable energy generation, transmission and storage, and other
10related actions, including, but not limited to, at public universities,
11state and local public buildings, and industrial and manufacturing
12facilities.

13(2) Funding to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the
14development of state-of-the-art systems to move goods and freight,
15 advanced technology vehicles and vehicle infrastructure, advanced
16biofuels, and low-carbon and efficient public transportation.

17(3) Funding to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with
18water use and supply, land and natural resource conservation and
19management, forestry, and sustainable agriculture.

20(4) Funding to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through
21strategic planning and development of sustainable infrastructure
22projects, including, but not limited to, transportation and housing.

23(5) Funding to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through
24increased in-state diversion of municipal solid waste from disposal
25through waste reduction, diversion, and reuse.

26(6) Funding to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through
27investments in programs implemented by local and regional
28agencies, local and regional collaboratives, and nonprofit
29organizations coordinating with local governments.

30(7) Funding research, development, and deployment of
31innovative technologies, measures, and practices related to
32programs and projects funded pursuant to this chapter.



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