2018: A new legislative year begins
The second year of the 2017-2018 two-year session started shortly after the New Year, and the scramble is on in Sacramento. FFCA is waiting for a number of shoes to drop before we'll know what our climate legislation priorities will be this year, but we are already hard at work on passage of Senate Bill 100, Kevin de León's initiative that will get California to 100 percent clean electricity by 2045.
Other bills we worked for that were held over for MORE work in 2018
- In 2017 with our partner Environment California, we sponsored SB 560 (Allen), a bill that will define “financial climate risk” in law and require CalPERS and CalSTRS to consider and report on climate risk in their portfolios. The bill was held in Senate Appropriations and will be re-introduced in January 2018 after we negotiate amendments. Please stay tuned on this one, as SB 560 will be a major priority for us until it’s passed and signed by the Governor.
- SB 49 The CA Environmental Defense Act (de León and Stern), to preserve the standards in landmark federal laws such as Clean Air and Clean Water acts and the Endangered Species Act, passed the Senate but was held in committee in the Assembly. FFCA will continue to advocate for this important bill in 2018.
- SB 188: Senator Hannah Beth Jackson’s (D-Santa Barbara) bill prohibiting oil and gas leases, and some transport, in federal waters off California. This bill passed the Senate but was held in committee in the Assembly. FFCA continues to support the goals of this bill.
- SB 263: Senator Leyva’s (D-Chino) bill creating Climate Assistance Centers in low-income communities. This bill was held in Senate Appropriations, and may be back this year.
Information about bills (full text, current status, etc.) is available at leginfo.legislature.ca.gov. Sign up for a free account to track bills and to be notified when there are changes. And watch this space for breaking news as the session gets into gear!
Legislation is important to Fossil Free California, as we believe that major legislated policy change—at all levels of government—is required to move our state, the nation, and the world to a low-carbon future. We are fortunate to be working on legislation in California, leading the states and showing the federal government that a nation-size state can have progressive climate policies AND a thriving economy.
FFCA’s legislative team works with 350 Bay Area and with 350 local groups throughout California. Through our participation in Green California, a consortium of more than 100 environmental groups statewide, we partner with other climate leaders to work for passage of key legislation. Our volunteers join delegations to legislators’ district offices, give public comment at committee hearings, and write letters to legislators and newspapers about the issues we follow.