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2016 State Legislation


AB 45, Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francisco) Household Hazardous Waste Collection – DIED IN SENATE E.Q.

The bill was heard in the Assembly Committee on Local Government on April 22, 2015 and was passed with a 6-3 vote with no votes from Chair Brian Maienschein and members David Chiu and Luis Alejo.  The bill was heard in the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee and passed by a 4-2 vote. The bill was amended on April 30, 2015. The bill was heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 and on May 28, 2015 was held in committee until  1/21/16 and passed and heard on the Assembly Floor on 1/27/16 and passed 47-18.

The bill was scheduled for a vote in the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 but was held and died in committee. Video of the bill discussion is below.


SB 1229, (Jackson, D-Santa Barbara and Stone, R-Riverside) Pharmacies: secure drug take-back bins – SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR 8/29/16

SB 1229 would protect pharmacies that host secure drug take-back bins by: (1) establishing a duty of care for the proper oversight of secure drug take-back bins; (2) providing limited civil and criminal liability immunity for pharmacies hosting drug take-back bins if they meet that duty of care.

SB 1229 was signed by the Governor and chaptered on 8/29/16. 


AB-2153 (Garcia, D-Los Angeles and Santiago, D-Los Angeles) Lead Acid Battery Stewardship – SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR 9/26/16

AB 2153 would require manufacturers of lead-acid batteries sold in California to develop, finance, and implement a convenient and cost-effective program to recover and recycle lead-acid batteries generated in California.

AB 2153 was signed by the Governor and chaptered on 9/26/16.

4/12 Vote Count – Ayes: Alejo, Lopez, McCarty, Ting    Noes: Beth Gaines    No Vote Recorded:  Dahle and Gray


AB 2579, (Low, D-Santa Clara) Food service packaging products: extended producer responsibility program: study – WATCH

This bill would require the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, on or before January 1, 2018, to conduct a study to establish baseline data relating to food service packaging.

AB 2579 was heard in the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources on April 18th, 2016 where it passed by a 9-0 vote. The bill was next heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee on May 27th and received a 20-0 passing vote. The bill was next heard on the Assembly Floor on May 31st and received a 80-0 passing vote. The bill was referred to the Senate Rules Committee and on June 20th was amended and re-referred to the Rules Committee. 


SB 778, Senator Ben Allen (D-South Los Angeles) – Automotive repair: oil changes: notification to customers – SUPPORT

This bill would require an automotive repair dealer to notify a customer, who is purchasing an oil change, of the recommended oil drain interval, oil grade, and viscosity specified in the maintenance schedule of the vehicle’s owner’s manual. The bill would also require, except as specified, an automotive repair dealer to use the oil drain interval specified in the maintenance schedule of the vehicle’s owner’s manual if the automotive repair dealer is recommending the date or mileage for the next oil change, as described.

The bill had its first reading in the Assembly on January 26th, 2016 and received a 22-12 passing vote with 6 no votes. The bill was referred to the Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection and Committee on Business and Professions on April 28th. The bill was heard in Privacy and Consumer Protection on June 14th and received a 8-0 passing vote with 3 no votes recorded. The bill was then re-referred to Business and Professions, where it is scheduled to be heard on June 28th.


AB 2039 (Ting, D-San Francisco) Safe Sharps Disposal ActLoose Needles San Jose sort line Illustrator-01
 – PULLED BY THE AUTHOR

Of the approximate 936 million sharps used by self-injectors in California each year, it is estimated that 43% (or approximately 400 million) are thrown in the trash. AB 2039 calls on sharps manufacturers to participate, in a meaningful way, in the mitigation of the end-of-life impacts of their products through the establishment of an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) sharps disposal program.


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