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                                    THIRD READING


          Bill No:  SR 22
          Author:   Allen (D), Beall (D), Block (D), De León (D), Galgiani  
                    (D), Hertzberg (D), Hill (D), Hueso (D), Jackson (D),  
                    Lara (D), Leno (D), Leyva (D), Liu (D), McGuire (D),  
                    Monning (D), Pavley (D), Wieckowski (D), and Wolk (D)
          Introduced:4/13/15  
          Vote:     Majority  

           SUBJECT:   California Earth Day


          SOURCE:    Author


          DIGEST:  This resolution declares April 22, 2015, as California  
          Earth Day," reaffirms the Senate's commitment to the fundamental  
          principles of the state's environmental laws, and encourages  
          residents of California to include in their daily lives those  
          activities that promote the goals of Earth Day 2015.


          ANALYSIS:   This resolution makes the following legislative  
          findings:


          1)On the first Earth Day, 45 years ago, Americans joined  
            together to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment  
            in massive coast-to-coast rallies.


          2)Public awareness of environmental issues, fostered by the  
            first Earth Day, has led to the enactment of key federal laws,  
            including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the National  
            Environmental Policy Act of 1969, and to the creation of the  
            federal Environmental Protection Agency, which was established  








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            to implement, administer, and enforce laws protecting the  
            environment.


          3)The spirit of the first Earth Day has continued to increase  
            public environmental awareness, inspiring many Californians to  
            make individual decisions that reduce adverse environmental  
            impacts.


          4)California is recognized as a global leader in environmental  
            protection and economic innovation through the enactment of  
            laws to help safeguard the state's unique scenic beauty,  
            natural resources, and the quality of its water, air, and  
            land.


          5)Clean energy jobs are growing across the state, and the  
            protection of California's natural resources helps stimulate  
            our economy, especially for industries relating to tourism,  
            fishing, and new technologies, and enhances our quality of  
            life.


          6)Activities to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the first  
            Earth Day, on April 22, 2015, will focus public attention on  
            and encourage personal and community participation in  
            environmental protection through recycling, conserving energy  
            and water, encouraging use of renewable resources, using  
            efficient transportation such as alternative fueled vehicles,  
            adopting sustainable building practices, and other  
            environmentally responsible personal actions.


          7)Earth Day 2015 will provide an impetus for additional  
            protection of the environment and our health, and the  
            continued local, state, national, and international efforts  
            that will be required at an unprecedented level during the  
            next decade in order to remedy the environmental problems that  
            we face.










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          This resolution declares April 22, 2015, as "California Earth  
          Day," recognizes the importance of the environment, and  
          encourages residents of California to include in their daily  
          lives those activities that promote the goals of Earth Day 2015.


          Prior Legislation
          
          ACR 201 (Pavley, Resolution Chapter 35, Statutes of 2004)  
          declared April 22, 2004, as "California Earth Day," reaffirmed  
          the Legislature's commitment to the fundamental principles of  
          environmental laws, and encouraged the state's residents to  
          promote the goals of Earth Day 2004.

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


          SUPPORT:   (Verified4/14/15)


          None received


          OPPOSITION:   (Verified4/14/15)


          None received








          Prepared by:Melissa Ward / SFA / (916) 651-1520
          4/15/15 16:29:04


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