Amended in Assembly March 10, 2016

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 2293

Introduced by Assembly Members Cristina Garcia, Eggman, Eduardo Garcia, and Gomez

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(Principal coauthor: Senator Leyva)

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February 18, 2016

An act to addbegin delete Section 39717 toend deletebegin insert Part 10 (commencing with Section 44480) to Division 26 ofend insert the Health and Safety Code, relating to greenhouse gases.


AB 2293, as amended, Cristina Garcia. Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund:begin delete 3-year investment plan: technical assistance program.end deletebegin insert Green Assistance Program.end insert

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 wouldbegin delete require the state board to establish a technical assistance program, upon an appropriation of moneys from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, toend deletebegin insert establish the Green Assistance Program, to be administered by the Secretary for Environmental Protection to, among other things,end insert assist smallbegin delete disadvantaged communitiesend deletebegin insert businesses, small nonprofit organizations, and small citiesend insert in applying for moneys from programs using moneys from the fund, as specified.begin delete 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.end delete

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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The Legislature finds and declares both of the

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3(a) Small businesses, small nonprofit organizations, and small
4cities often lack the technical expertise to develop grant and
5financing options.

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6(b) For the state to meet its air quality goals, every business
7and community must have the same opportunity to compete for
8funding that is available to meet those air quality goals.

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Section 39717 is added to the Health and Safety
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(a) For purposes of this section, “disadvantaged
12community” means a community identified pursuant to Section

14(b) The Department of Finance shall include in the investment
15plan developed and submitted to the Legislature pursuant to Section
1639716 an allocation to the state board to implement this section.

17(c) Upon an appropriation of moneys from the fund, the state
18board shall establish a technical assistance program to assist small
19disadvantaged communities in applying for moneys from programs
20that have been appropriated moneys from the fund.

21(d) The program established pursuant to this section shall
22provide assistance to small disadvantaged communities with any
23of the following:

24(1) Identifying

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begin insertPart 10 (commencing with Section 44480) is added to
2Division 26 of the end insert
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4PART begin insert10.end insert  begin insertGreen Assistance Programend insert

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For purposes of this part, the following definitions

8(a) “Fund” means the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund,
9established pursuant to Section 16428.8 of the Government Code.

10(b) “Secretary” means the Secretary for Environmental

12(c) “Small city” means a city with a population of less than
13500,000 as determined by the latest census.

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The Green Assistance Program is hereby established
15and shall be administered by the secretary. The program shall do
16all of the following:

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17(a) Provide technical assistance, including the development of
18competitive project proposals, to small businesses, small nonprofit
19organizations, and small cities when applying for an allocation
20of moneys from the fund.

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21(b) Assist small cities in equitably applying for funding to help
22mitigate the impacts of poor air quality and help improve the health
23of the state’s most disadvantaged communities.

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24(c) Assist small businesses in applying for funding for energy
25efficiency upgrades to meet and exceed the greenhouse gas
26emission reductions established pursuant to Section 38560.

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27(d) Assist small businesses and small cities in complying with
28all applicable federal, state, and local air quality laws.

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29(e) Assist small cities to develop plans that would assist the
30state in meeting the statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit.

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31begin insert(f)end insertbegin insertend insertbegin insertIdentifyend insert state agencies with appropriate grant programs.

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32(2) Developing competitive project proposals to apply for
33moneys available through state agencies or pursuant to this chapter.

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34(3) Coordinating

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35begin insert(g)end insertbegin insertend insertbegin insertCoordinateend insert existing local programs to reduce greenhouse
36gas emissions with new programs receiving moneysbegin delete pursuant to
37this chapter.end delete
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38(4) Conducting

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39begin insert(h)end insertbegin insertend insertbegin insertConductend insert community outreach to residents of small
40begin delete disadvantaged communitiesend deletebegin insert citiesend insert that the state board determines
P4    1require technical assistance on consumer programs receiving state
2or local moneysbegin delete pursuant to this chapterend deletebegin insert from the fundend insert or for other
3programs that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Those programs
4may include, but are not limited to, programs that also improve
5air quality, reduce residential and commercial water use, and
6increase residential and commercial energy efficiency.