Environment

Environment - October 8 2018 | 10-05-2018

CA Governor Vetoes AB 1097 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoes AB 1097 , which would have barred smoking on Golden State beaches. It is the third straight year Brown has vetoed such a measure (CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE).

Environment - October 1 2018 | 09-28-2018

Federal Judge Blocks Grizzly Bear Plans A federal judge blocks plans by WYOMING and IDAHO to hold the first grizzly bear hunt in the lower 48 states in almost three decades. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen ruled grizzlies weren’t sufficiently...

Environment - September 17 2018 | 09-14-2018

CA governor signs AB 1775 and SB 874 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 1775 and SB 874 , which together bar the State Lands Commission from granting leases for new pipelines and infrastructure to companies looking to drill for oil off the state’s...

Environment - August 13 2018 | 08-10-2018

CA Air Resources Board Unveils Pollution Proposal The CALIFORNIA Air Resources Board unveils a proposal for new rules that would force automakers to meet the Golden State’s existing standards on car and truck pollution even if weaker ones are...

Environment - July 23 2018 | 07-20-2018

CA Governor Vetoes AB 2070 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoes AB 2070 , which would have required incoming student orientations at Golden State colleges and universities to include information on intimate partner and dating violence (LOS ANGELES...

Environment - June 4 2018 | 06-01-2018

CA Governor Signs SB 606 & AB 1668 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 606 and AB 1668 , which together establish statewide water efficiency regulations. Those rules will take effect in 2022 (CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’SOFFICE).

Environment - March 19 2018 | 03-16-2018

Environment In CA A federal court rules that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must move ahead to carry out the 2015 Ozone Standards and designate areas in the country that do not meet them. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District...

Environment - February 5 2018 | 02-02-2018

CA Assembly Approves AB 1097 The CALIFORNIA Assembly approves AB 1097 , which would ban smoking at all of the state’s public parks and beaches. It moves to the Senate (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET). CA Assembly Approves AB 319 The CALIFORNIA ,...

Environment - January 22 2018 | 01-19-2018

NJ GOvernor Vetoes SB3317 NEW JERSEY Gov. Chris Christie (R) pocket vetoes SB 3317 , which would have compelled the state to join the U.S. CA, WA, and NY Climate Alliance Climate Alliance, a coalition of states led by CALIFORNIA , WASHINGTON...

Environment - November 13 2017 | 11-10-2017

New CA Pesticide Regulation The CALIFORNIA Dept. of Pesticide Regulation issues new rules barring the use of certain pesticides within a quarter mile of schools and day care centers from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the school week. The new regulations...

Environment - October 23 2017 | 10-20-2017

California Signs AB 1158 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 1158 , which requires manufacturers to increase carpet recycling from 11 percent now to 24 percent by 2020 (SACRAMENTO BEE). California Vetoes SB 51 Also in CALIFORNIA , Gov. Brown...

Environment - October 16 2017 | 10-13-2017

Jerry Brown Signs A Dozen Bills In an effort to bolster the state’s market for zero- and near-zero emissions vehicles, CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs a dozen bills aimed at broadening their use in the Golden State. A sampling of the bills...

Environment - October 9 2017 | 10-06-2017

Environment In California And New Mexico A federal judge orders the Trump administration to immediately enforce restrictions on the release of potent methane emissions at oil and gas drilling operations on public land. The rules, which went into effect...

Environment - September 11 2017 | 09-08-2017

California Approves SB 51 The CALIFORNIA Assembly and Senate approve SB 51 , which would require the California Environmental Protection Agency to preserve any scientific information “at risk of censorship or destruction by the federal government”...

Environment - August 7 2017 | 08-04-2017

Environment In California The CALIFORNIA Supreme Court rules that publicly-owned railroads are not exempt from adhering to the California Environmental Quality Act, which requires officials to consider a project’s environmental impact before...

Environment - June 5 2017 | 06-02-2017

California Rejects AB 378 The CALIFORNIA Assembly rejects AB 378 , a bill that would have extended the state’s cap-and-trade program – which limits the amount of greenhouse gas emissions businesses are allowed to emit and charges those...

Environment - April 3 2017 | 03-31-2017

California Air Resources Board Approval The CALIFORNIA Air Resources Board approves new rules that will require oil and gas companies above a certain size to implement vapor recovery systems that will allow for methane that would otherwise be lost...

Brown Vows CA Will Fight Trump On Climate Goals | 12-16-2016

Saying “we’ve got the firepower,” California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) told a gathering of scientists on Wednesday that his state is ready to fight back against anticipated efforts by the incoming Trump administration to impede or halt their...

Environment - October 3 2016 | 09-30-2016

California Signs AB 1110 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 1110 , which requires energy retailers to reveal the greenhouse gas emissions of the products they sell (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET). California Signs AB 2800 Also in CALIFORNIA , Brown...

Environment - September 19 2016 | 09-16-2016

Environment In California The U.S. Department of the Interior releases a final blueprint for opening up large sections of the CALIFORNIA desert to wind and solar farms. Under the plan, 606 miles of land deemed not to be ecologically sensitive would...

Environment - September 12 2016 | 09-09-2016

Environment In California A federal judge tentatively rejects a plan by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to open more than 1,500 square miles of lands in central CALIFORNIA to oil drilling and fracking. U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald said...

Environment - September 5 2016 | 09-02-2016

California Signs SB 1279 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 1279 , legislation that bars future state funding for any new project that would allow coal to be shipped or exported through the Golden State (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET).

Environment - June 6 2016 | 06-03-2016

No Smoking on NJ & CA Beaches The NEW JERSEY Assembly and Senate endorse AB 893 , which would ban smoking at all Garden State public parks and beaches. It is now with Gov. Chris Christie (R), who vetoed similar legislation in 2014 (NJ.COM). The...

Environment - May 23 2016 | 05-20-2016

Environment In CA Water officials in CALIFORNIA suspend a mandatory statewide 25 percent reduction in urban water use, allowing local communities to set their own conservation standards. The change came after the Golden State received a relatively...

Environment - February 8 2016 | 02-04-2016

Environment in CA The U.S. Department of Interior agrees to stop approving oil and gas permits for drilling that uses hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, off the coast of CALIFORNIA until further study determines the practice is safe. The agreement...

Environment - December 14 2015 | 12-11-2015

The U.S. House of Representatives approves HR 1321, a bill that would ban the use of microbeads, small bits of plastic found in a variety of personal products like soap and toothpaste. At least eight states, including ILLINOIS, COLORADO, CONNECTICUT,...

Environment - October 19 2015 | 10-16-2015

Environment In CA CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs a plethora of environmental bills, including: SB 185, which requires the state’s two massive public employee pension funds – the California Public Employee Retirement System and the...

Environment - October 12 2015 | 10-09-2015

Environment In CA CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs a suite of bills that collectively “strengthen penalties for repeat violations of hazardous waste laws and assist the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) with the recovery...

Environment - September 14 2015 | 09-10-2015

The CALIFORNIA Assembly gives final approval to AB 888, which would ban the sale of personal care products like shampoos and cleaners that contain plastic microbeads. The measure, which would take effect in 2020, moves to Gov. Jerry Brown (D) for consideration...

Environment - September 7 2015 | 09-04-2015

CA Approves SB 185 The CALIFORNIA Assembly approves SB 185, which would require the California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Retirement System (CalSTRS), the two largest public pension funds in the nation, to...

Environment - August 17 2015 | 08-14-2015

CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 165, a bill that imposes civil fines up to $40,000 against marijuana farms that damage the environment by dumping wastewater and chemicals, removing trees and killing wild animals (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET).

Environment - August 10 2015 | 08-07-2015

Presidential Plan to Curb Emissions President Barack Obama unveils a plan that calls for states to curb emissions 32 percent below their 2005 level within the next 15 years. Under the new regulations, states will have to present at least an initial...

Environment - July 20 2015 | 07-17-2015

CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 1, which bars local governments from fining residents who let their lawns die or go brown during the state’s historic drought (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET).

Brown Calls for More Action On Climate Change | 07-10-2015

Warning that the world is heading toward “total unsustainability and ecological collapse” if we don’t do something to counter the impacts of global climate change, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D)called on more states and international...

Environment - June 8 2015 | 06-05-2015

CA Senate Approves SB 350 The CALIFORNIA Senate approves SB 350, which sets the following renewable energy goals for 2030: cutting by 50 percent the state’s use of petroleum, having 50 percent of all utility power come from renewable energy sources...

Brown Signs International Climate Change Pact | 05-29-2015

Calling it a “global challenge” that “requires bold action on the part of governments everywhere,” California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a new agreement last month with leaders from 11 states and countries pledging to work together...

Environment - May 4 2015 | 05-01-2015

FL Passes HB 1205 The FLORIDA House passes HB 1205, which would establish a regulatory framework for the oil and natural gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The rules include establishing a permitting process and allowing...