AB 2293, as introduced, Cristina Garcia. Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund: 3-year investment plan: technical assistance program.
The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency charged with monitoring and regulating sources of emissions of 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 as part of a market-based compliance mechanism to be deposited in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund and to be available upon appropriation. Existing law requires the California Environmental Protection Agency to identify disadvantaged communities and 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.
This bill would require the state board to establish a technical assistance program, upon an appropriation of moneys from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, to assist small disadvantaged communities in applying for moneys from programs using moneys from the fund, as specified. The bill would also require the department to include in the 3-year investment plan an allocation to the state board for that technical assistance program.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Section 39717 is added to the Health and Safety
2Code, to read:
(a) For purposes of this section, “disadvantaged
4community” means a community identified pursuant to Section
6(b) The Department of Finance shall include in the investment
7plan developed and submitted to the Legislature pursuant to Section
839716 an allocation to the state board to implement this section.
9(c) Upon an appropriation of moneys from the fund, the state
10board shall establish a technical assistance program to assist small
11disadvantaged communities in applying for moneys from programs
12that have been appropriated moneys from the fund.
13(d) The program established pursuant to this section shall
14provide assistance to small disadvantaged communities with any
15of the following:
16(1) Identifying state agencies with appropriate grant programs.
17(2) Developing competitive project proposals to apply for
18moneys available through state agencies or pursuant to this chapter.
19(3) Coordinating existing local programs to reduce greenhouse
20gas emissions with new programs receiving moneys pursuant to
22(4) Conducting community outreach to residents of small
23disadvantaged communities that the state board determines require
24technical assistance on consumer programs receiving state or local
25moneys pursuant to this chapter or for other programs that reduce
26greenhouse gas emissions. Those programs may include, but are
27not limited to, programs that also improve air quality, reduce
28residential and commercial water use, and increase residential and
29commercial energy efficiency.