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Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources
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February 23, 2017

PACE Bills

Several property assessed clean energy (PACE) program bills are in the mix for the 2017 legislative session. AB 271 (Caballero) changes requirements related to notifications and collection and use of penalties and other specified costs. SB 242 (Skinner) is a spot bill related to PACE programs administered by third parties. CSAC strongly supports PACE programs as an affordable financial tool to implement renewable energy and efficiency programs. Staff will continue to monitor the development of these bills closely; please contact us with questions.

Bill Would Extend Emergency Declaration Authority to Ports

SB 531 (Galgiani) would authorize port districts established under the Harbors and Navigation Code to proclaim a local emergency within its jurisdiction under certain conditions. Current law provides this authority for local governments and officials. This bill would extend the authority to port districts. Please contact Betsy Hammer (bhammer@counties.org) with any comments.

PILT Bill Set for Hearing

SB 58 (McGuire) is set for hearing on Tuesday, March 14 in the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee. CSAC supports this bill, which reverses a change in the payments in-lieu of taxes (PILT) statute that makes the program permissive rather than required, saying that the state “may” make PILT payments rather than requiring the state to do so. SB 58 will return the statute to a requirement that the state “shall” make PILT payments. This will help ensure PILT payments will continue to be made to counties into the future.

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