Keep up to date on California Legislation

350 Sonoma, following the lead of the Legislative Committee of 350 Bay Area, tracks key environmental bills in the California Legislature.

Climate Legislation Watch Group

350 Sonoma has launched a new action group to monitor and respond to state legislation related to climate issues. 350 Bay Area’s Legislative Committee, working with other state-wide environmental groups, monitors legislation and helps coordinate actions among local groups on particular bills.  350 Sonoma is in the process of building relationships with our state legislators so that we can more effectively influence their votes.

Legislative Team Focused on 100% Clean Energy in CA

A small team from 350 Sonoma and 350 Petaluma (our new subgroup representing the south county) will be meeting on May 15th with a member of Assemblymember Marc Levine’s staff.  We’ll emphasize the critical importance of quickly achieving 100% clean energy in California. SB 100 is the current legislation mandating 100% clean energy, and it is currently stalled in the State Assembly after passing the State Senate. If SB 100 doesn’t make it out for a full vote this year, we will keep working to get it back into the legislative process. We will also ask for Levine’s vote on AB 3232, a bill that will promote the shift to all electric buildings. Other bills we will ask for AM Levine to join us in supporting: 2304 – atransit pass study, 1775 – to limit offshore drilling, and 2928 – promoting dense housing on BART properties. A million thanks to Kathy Dervine, Judy Pope and the 350 Bay Area Legislative Team for their leadership and guidance.  350 Sonoma will be setting up a meeting with Jim Wood as soon as the dust settles on this one.

Spring Legislative Update

100% clean energy is our top priority!  SB 100 — which would mandate that 100% of California’s electricity be generated from renewables by 2045 — would be a big step in the right direction!  It’s now in the California Assembly. Contact your assembly member (click on “Act Now”) and tell him/her to support SB 100!

Another ground-breaking bill now in the California legislature is SB 964, a bill that would require CalSTRS and CalPRS, the two biggest pension systems in the U.S., to take climate-related financial risk into account when making investment decisions.  It’s past time for California’s big pension funds to divest from oil giants like Exxon Mobil. Show your support for SB 964 by signing the petition!

Other important bills that we’re supporting:

AB 1775 (its companion bill in the California Senate is SB 834) would help prevent oil drilling off California’s coasts by giving the State Lands Committee more power to block unloading and transport of oil from new offshore drilling operations.

SB 1072 would help under-resourced communities compete for state funds in order to fund local projects that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help transition away from fossil fuels.  Another goal of the legislation is to help these communities increase jobs and economic development through investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable infrastructure.

AB 3232 would require the California State Energy Resources Commission to develop a plan that would reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases from residential and commercial buildings to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030.

Stay tuned for more info and actions!