Busy, Contentious Legislative Session Draws to a Close
The first year of the 2015-2016 legislative session ended with disappointments in some areas, but significant victories in others. The Legislature sent 30 League-supported bills to Governor Brown’s desk; he has until October 11 to decide whether to sign or veto them. Visit our Bill Status Report web page for more information, and urge the Governor to sign the bills of special interest to you!
We Support Reforms in Voter Registration, Voting Rights, Election Administration!
More than half of the League-supported bills on the Governor’s desk advance voting rights and election administration, including measures to improve the vote-by-mail process, enhance language accessibility and plain language in election materials, protect the voting rights of minority communities, and more. AB 1461, the California New Motor Voter Program, would reduce barriers to participation by automating voter registration at the Department of Motor Vehicles. We urge the Governor to sign AB 1461 AND issue a statement to ensure that streamlined registration at the DMV will be implemented before the 2016 elections!
Climate Change Bill SB 350 is Weaker But Still Ground-breaking
League members fought hard to pass two major climate change bills, SB 350 (de León and Leno) and SB 32 (Pavley), which drew some of the strongest fire of the session as they attempted to build on California’s landmark greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions law, AB 32 of 2006. The oil industry spent millions to influence business-friendly Democrats to oppose SB 350’s requirement of a 50 percent reduction in petroleum use for transportation by 2030, and in the end that provision was removed from the bill. Even with that setback, though, SB 350—as it awaits the Governor’s signature—is an enormously important bill requiring 50 percent of our electricity from renewable energy sources and a doubling of energy efficiency in buildings by 2030. SB 32, which would have expanded the AB 32 GHG reduction targets through 2050, fell victim to attacks on the Air Resources Board’s authority and was shelved until next year.
Visit our Bill Status Report web page for more information, and urge the Governor to sign the bills of special interest to you!
Joanne Leavitt, Second Vice President for Advocacy and Program
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