Senate BillNo. 32


Introduced by Senator Pavley

December 1, 2014


An act to amend Sections 38550 and 38551 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to greenhouse gases.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

SB 32, as introduced, Pavley. California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: emissions limit.

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 state board is required to adopt a statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit equivalent to the statewide greenhouse gas emissions level in 1990 to be achieved by 2020 and to adopt rules and regulations in an open public process to achieve the maximum, technologically feasible, and cost-effective greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

This bill would require the state board to approve a statewide greenhouse gas emission limit that is equivalent to 80% below the 1990 level to be achieved by 2050, as specified. The bill would authorize the state board to adopt interim greenhouse gas emissions level targets to be achieved by 2030 and 2040. The bill also would state the intent of the Legislature for the Legislature and appropriate agencies to adopt complementary policies that ensure long-term emissions reductions advance specified criteria.

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.  

Section 38550 of the Health and Safety Code is
2amended to read:

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38550.  

begin insert(a)end insertbegin insertend insert By January 1, 2008, the state board shall, after one
4or more public workshops, with public notice, and an opportunity
5for all interested parties to comment, determine what the statewide
6greenhouse gas emissions level was in 1990, and approve in a
7public hearing, a statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit that is
8equivalent to that level, to be achieved by 2020. In order to ensure
9the most accurate determination feasible, the state board shall
10evaluate the best available scientific, technological, and economic
11information on greenhouse gas emissions to determine the 1990
12 level of greenhouse gas emissions.

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13(b) (1) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), the state board shall
14approve in a public hearing a statewide greenhouse gas emissions
15limit that is equivalent to 80 percent below the 1990 level, as
16determined pursuant to subdivision (a) or Section 39730, to be
17achieved by 2050 based on the best available scientific,
18technological, and economic assessments. The greenhouse gas
19emissions limit shall include short-lived climate pollutants, as
20defined in Chapter 4.2 (commencing with Section 39730) of Part
212 of Division 26.

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22(2) The state board also may approve interim greenhouse gas
23emissions level targets to be achieved by 2030 and 2040 consistent
24 with paragraph (1).

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SEC. 2.  

Section 38551 of the Health and Safety Code is
26amended to read:

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38551.  

(a) The statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit shall
28remain in effect unless otherwise amended or repealed.

29(b) It is the intent of the Legislature that thebegin insert 2050end insert statewide
30greenhouse gas emissions limitbegin insert established pursuant to Section
3138550end insert
continue in existence and be used to maintain and continue
32reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases beyondbegin delete 2020.end deletebegin insert 2050.end insert

33(c) The state board shall make recommendations to the Governor
34and the Legislature on how to continue reductions of greenhouse
35gas emissions beyondbegin delete 2020.end deletebegin insert 2050.end insert

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36(d) In implementing subdivision (b) of Section 38550, it is the
37intent of the Legislature for the Legislature and appropriate
38agencies to adopt complementary policies that ensure long-term
P3    1emissions reductions adopted pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section
238550 advance all of the following:

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3(1) Job growth and local economic benefits in California.

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4(2) Public health benefits for California residents, particularly
5in disadvantaged communities.

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6(3) Innovation in technology and energy, water, and resource
7management practices.

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8(4) Regional and international collaboration to adopt similar
9greenhouse gas emissions reduction policies.

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