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          SENATE THIRD READING


          SB  
          1030 (McGuire)


          As Introduced  February 12, 2016


          Majority vote


          SENATE VOTE:  27-8


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          |Committee       |Votes|Ayes                  |Noes                |
          |                |     |                      |                    |
          |                |     |                      |                    |
          |                |     |                      |                    |
          |----------------+-----+----------------------+--------------------|
          |Local           |6-3  |Eggman, Alejo,        |Waldron, Beth       |
          |Government      |     |Bonilla, Chiu,        |Gaines, Linder      |
          |                |     |Cooley, Gordon        |                    |
          |                |     |                      |                    |
          |----------------+-----+----------------------+--------------------|
          |Appropriations  |12-6 |Gonzalez, Bloom,      |Bigelow, Chang,     |
          |                |     |Bonta, Calderon,      |Gallagher, Jones,   |
          |                |     |Daly, Eggman,         |Obernolte, Wagner   |
          |                |     |                      |                    |
          |                |     |                      |                    |
          |                |     |Roger Hernández,      |                    |
          |                |     |Holden, Quirk,        |                    |
          |                |     |Santiago, Weber, Wood |                    |
          |                |     |                      |                    |
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          SUMMARY:  Removes the sunset date on the Sonoma County Regional  
          Climate Protection Authority (RCPA), thus making the RCPA  
          permanent.  Specifically, this bill:  


          1)Removes the existing sunset date of December 1, 2019,  
            contained in the statutes for the RCPA.


          2)Declares that no reimbursement is necessary because the only  
            costs incurred by a local agency are the result of a program  
            for which legislative authority was requested by that local  
            agency, as specified.


          EXISTING LAW:   


          1)Establishes the RCPA, and authorizes it to perform  
            coordination and implementation activities within Sonoma  
            County to assist agencies that choose to participate in  
            meeting their greenhouse gas emission reduction goals as set  
            forth in resolutions and adopted plans.  The RCPA may also  
            develop, coordinate, and implement programs and policies to  
            comply with AB 32 (Núñez), Chapter 488, Statutes of 2006, and  
            other state or federal mandates and programs designed to  
            respond to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate change. 
          2)Sunsets the RCPA on December 1, 2019. 


          FISCAL EFFECT:  According to the Assembly Appropriations  
          Committee:


          1)No direct state fiscal impact.  The RCPA does not receive any  
            state money.










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          2)The bill contains a "Local Request Disclaimer" meaning that no  
            state reimbursement of local costs is required.


          COMMENTS:  


          1)Bill Summary.  This bill removes the existing sunset date of  
            December 1, 2019, for the Sonoma County RCPA, and by doing so,  
            will allow RCPA to continue on permanently, with no need for  
            legislative approval.


            This bill is sponsored by the author. 


          2)Author's Statement.  According to the author, "California's  
            diversity of geography, infrastructure and natural resources  
            make it difficult to use a one size fits all approach to  
            greenhouse gas mitigation.  And, while overarching regulations  
            and guidelines are necessary, and serve the state in  
            developing targets and goals for emissions reductions,  
            greenhouse gas mitigation strategies must be implemented at  
            the local level.  Local government agencies like the RCPA have  
            the necessary knowledge to execute climate action plans  
            provided the uniqueness of varying localities.


            "The RCPA has a proven track record of achieving more  
            ambitious goals than are required by AB 32's Scoping Plan.   
            According to the climate action strategies set forth by the  
            RCPA, Sonoma County climate action efforts will complement the  
            State's efforts to nearly a 1 to 1 match.  Their collaborative  
            approach ensures communities with limited resources are not  
            left out because of budget constraints."


          3)Background and Previous Legislation.  Existing law  
            establishes, pursuant to AB 881 (Huffman), Chapter 375,  








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            Statutes of 2009, the RCPA.  The RCPA is a stand-alone agency,  
            but governed by the same board as the Sonoma County  
            Transportation Authority.  AB 881 authorized the RCPA to apply  
            for funds and receive grants to carry out its functions,  
            required it to conduct meetings under the Ralph M. Brown Act,  
            and required a financial audit.  The RCPA coordinates with  
            other agencies within the county to implement programs and  
            policies relating to GHG reduction goals pursuant to AB 32.   
            AB 881 established the RCPA until December 1, 2015.  AB 693  
            (Huffman), Chapter 599, Statutes of 2012, extended the sunset  
            until December 1, 2019.  


            The RCPA, in cooperation with local agencies, elects to  
            participate, develop, coordinate, and implement activities  
            within Sonoma County to comply with local, state, and federal  
            mandates and programs designed to respond to GHG emissions and  
            climate change.  In addition to the County of Sonoma, the  
            RCPA's current members include nine cities within Sonoma  
            County. Seven other local entities, including Sonoma County  
            Water Agency, Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control  
            District, Sonoma Clean Power, Sonoma County Agricultural  
            Preservation and Open Space District, Sonoma County Energy  
            Independence Program, Sonoma County Health Action, and Sonoma  
            County Solid Waste Management Authority, also serve as  
            partners to support the RCPA.


          4)Arguments in Support.  Supporters argue that deleting the  
            sunset will enable the RCPA to work long-term on the climate  
            challenges ahead.


          5)Arguments in Opposition.  None on file.




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                          Debbie Michel / L. GOV. / (916) 319-3958  FN:  
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