Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources (AENR) End-of-Session Bill Roundup
California’s legislative session came to a close in the early morning hours this week with hundreds of bills now awaiting action by Governor Gavin Newsom. The following provides an update on major bills of interest for the Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources (AENR) policy area. CSAC staff will continue to monitor and advocate for County priorities during the signing period, which ends September 30, 2022.
Awaiting Governor’s Action
AB 2247 (Bloom) PFAS Product Disclosure
AB 2247 would require anyone manufacturing products containing perfluorinated or polyfluorinated substances (PFAS) to report their products to the Department of Toxic Substances Control. This requirement would go into effect in 2026. PFAS are a group of around 9,000 man-made products used in many household and industrial products. These chemicals do not breakdown, and thus have been called “forever chemicals.” PFAS have been found in the blood of humans and animals, soil, water, and air, and linked to harmful health impacts. CSAC supports AB 2247.
AB 2550 (Arambula) State Air Resources Board: San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District: nonattainment
AB 2550 would remove local control from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District by transferring responsibility to regulate stationary pollution sources to the California Air Resources Board (CARB). CARB already has the authority to oversee local air quality management activities, and works closely in the development of air pollution plans. CSAC opposes AB 2550.
SB 1186 (Wiener) Medicinal Cannabis Patients’ Right of Access Act
This bill was written with the intent of improving access to medical cannabis, however, CSAC has serious concerns about the preservation of local control. The language would require all jurisdictions to allow for delivery sales of medicinal cannabis and prohibit regulations that would impose “unreasonable restrictions” on the sale of medicinal cannabis. Recent amendments provide exemptions for jurisdictions that allow cannabis retails as of January 1, 2022. CSAC opposes this measure.
Died in Legislature
AB 2201 (Bennett) Groundwater Permitting
This started as a bill to require a groundwater sustainability agency (GSA) in a critically over-drafted basin to establish and implement a process to issue permits for groundwater extraction facilities by July 1, 2023. CSAC engaged with the author and committee to discuss implications of shifting well permitting away from the counties. However, amendments prohibited local governments from approving a new well, or alterations to an existing well unless specific conditions are met. CSAC opposed AB 2201 and worked with a strong coalition to successfully quash the bill.