Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Bills Update
May 30, 2019
CSAC was strongly opposed to AB 1356 (Ting) and was happy to see the bill moved to the inactive file today. This bill would have required that if more than 50 percent of the voters of a local jurisdiction voted in favor of Proposition 64, these local jurisdictions must issue a minimum number of licenses authorizing retail cannabis activity within that jurisdiction. AB 1356 would have mandated that local communities issue retail cannabis permits in spite of clear and unambiguous promises to voters in the Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (Proposition 64) that local communities would have the right to decide how and when to adopt local legal regulatory frameworks for adult use cannabis business. CSAC and other local government advocates opposed this bill in both the Assembly Business & Professions Committee and Assembly Appropriations Committee.
SB 182 (Jackson) would require local governments to conduct hazard planning for new developments in order to identify and incorporate fire risks. The bill also requires cities and counties to make specified findings on fire standards prior to permitting development in the very high fire hazard severity zone (VHFHSZ). CSAC has been monitoring this bill closely and has a “Support in concept” position. The bill passed off the Senate Floor and heads to the Assembly.
CSAC and a coalition of local government advocates and solid waste industry advocates are in strong support of both SB 54 (Allen) and AB 1080 (Gonzalez). SB 54 and AB 1080 are identical pieces of legislation that would require the adoption of regulations requiring manufacturers and retailers to reduce the waste associated with single use packaging and products 75 percent by 2030. Local governments have long been responsible for ensuring that California achieves its recycling and waste management goals, and support the efforts of this bill to reduce waste at its source before it gets to our local landfills and recycling centers; or worse to our beaches and other beautiful natural environments. Both bills have passed out of their respective house of origins.