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2017 State Legislation


AB 1158, Assembly Member Kansen Chu (D-San Jose) Carpet Recycling – SUPPORT

This bill would create an advisory committee that would be required to make recommendations to manufacturers and carpet stewardship organizations on carpet stewardship plans. The bill would require the Director of Resources Recycling and Recovery, the Speaker of the Assembly, and the Senate Rules Committee to appoint members to the advisory committee, as specified. The bill would require a carpet stewardship plan to include a process by which the manufacturer or carpet stewardship organization receives and subsequently responds, in writing, to plan recommendations from the advisory committee. The bill would require the manufacturer or carpet stewardship organization to submit to the director, in writing, its reasons for rejecting any specific recommendations made by the advisory committee.

AB 1158 was heard in the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources on Monday, April 3, 2017 and passed with a 9-0 vote. The bill was amended on May 8, 2017 and re-referred to the Assembly Committee on Appropriations. On May 24, the bill passed out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee with a 16-0 vote, with a no vote recorded for one Assembly Member. The bill passed the Assembly Floor with a 73-2 vote on May 30, 2017.

The bill was amended in the Senate on June 21, 2017. Some of the amendment highlights include:

  • Explicit rates and dates for recycling goals
  • Prohibits spending assessment money on incineration
  • Removes references to the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE)

It will be heard in Senate EQ July 5th, 2017 at 8:30 AM in Room 3191Letters of support are due to the committee by COB this Friday, June 23rd and can be faxed to (916) 322-3519.


AB 444, Assembly Members Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) and Adam Gray (D-Merced) Home-Generated Sharps Waste – WATCH

This bill would authorize the California Environmental Protection Agency to develop a statewide program for the collection, transportation, and disposal of home-generated medical waste, as defined.

AB 444 heard in the Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials (ESTM) on April 25, 2017 and received a 6-0 vote to pass, with a no vote recorded for one Assembly Member. The bill was heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee on May 26 and received a 17-0 vote to pass. The bill was heard on the Assembly Floor on May 30 and received a 73-0 vote, with no votes recorded for three Assembly Members. It will be heard next in the Senate.


AB 319, Assembly Member Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) Single-use Plastic Beverage Container Caps – SUPPORT

This bill would prohibit a retailer, on and after January 1, 2020, from selling or offering for sale a single-use plastic beverage container with a cap that is not tethered to or contiguously affixed to the beverage container.

AB 319 was referred to the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources on February 21, 2017. The hearing was postponed by the Committee on April 17, 2017.


AB 1575, Assembly Member Ash Kalra (D-Monterey Bay) Professional Cosmetics Ingredients Listing – SUPPORT

This bill would require, on and after January 1, 2019, a manufacturer of a professional cosmetic sold or manufactured in this state to declare the ingredients on the container label by the common or usual name of each ingredient, listed in order of weight. The bill would also require a manufacturer with an Internet Web site to state the internet address on the container label and further require the manufacturer to state the ingredients on its Internet Web site in a specified manner.

AB 1575 was amended on March 30, 2017 and referred to the Assembly Committee on Health and the Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials (ESTM). The bill was heard in the Health Committee on April 19 and passed with a 10-3 vote. The bill was heard in ESTM on April 26 and passed with a 4-2 vote with no vote recorded for one Assembly Member. The bill was heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee on May 26 and received an 11-5 vote to pass, with a no vote recorded for one Assembly Member. The bill was heard on the Assembly Floor on June 1 and received a 51-21 vote to pass, with no votes recorded for eight Assembly Members. It will be heard next in the Senate.

AB 1594, Assembly Member Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) Ocean Protection: Plastic Pollution – SUPPORT

This bill would require the council, on or before March 1, 2018, to compile existing data identifying the primary sources and types of ocean plastic pollution, as determined by an analysis of beach cleanup efforts in the state, including recommendations to be provided to the Legislature regarding legislative action or other strategies that may be implemented by the state to reduce plastic pollution on state beaches and in ocean waters. The bill would require the council, by the same date, to provide a report to the Legislature on the status of a 2007 council resolution that outlined a 13-point plan of action prevent and reduce marine debris. The bill would also make related legislative findings and declarations regarding the need to prevent and clean up ocean waste, including plastic pollution.

AB 1594 was heard in the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources on April 24, 2017 and passed with a 10-0 vote. The bill was heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee on May 254 and received a 17-0 vote to pass. The bill was heard on the Assembly Floor on May 30 and received a 74-0 vote to pass, with no votes recorded for six Assembly Members. It will be heard next in the Senate.


SB 212, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) Medical Waste – SUPPORT

This bill adds to the Medical Waste Management Act a definition of “home-generated pharmaceutical waste” as a prescription or over-the-counter human or veterinary home-generated pharmaceutical that is waste and is derived from a household, including, but not limited to, a multifamily residence or household.

SB 212 was heard in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee on March 29, 2017 and passed with a 7-0 vote. The bill was heard on the Senate Floor on April 17, 2017 and passed with a 40-0 vote. The bill was read in the Assembly for the first time on April 18 and referred to the Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials on May 18. A hearing date has not been set.


SB 258, Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017 – SUPPORT

This bill would require a manufacturer of a cleaning product, as defined, that is manufactured or sold in the state on or after January 1, 2018, to disclose ingredients contained in and health impact information related to the cleaning product on the product label, post the cleaning product ingredient information on the manufacturer’s Internet Web site, and include specified information on the cleaning product’s label concerning ingredients contained in the cleaning product, including Internet Web sites where more information may be found. The bill would prohibit a manufacturer from manufacturing or selling a cleaning product in the state unless the product complies with these provisions,  require an employer to identify a cleaning product and list the ingredients of the product in the manner described above on any container used in the workplace into which a cleaning product is transferred, and make related legislative findings and declarations.

SB 258 was heard in the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality on March 29, 2017 and passed with a 5-2 vote. SB 258 was heard in the Senate Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations on April 26, and passed with a 5-2 vote. The bill was heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee on May 25 and received a 5-2 vote to pass. The bill was heard on the Senate Floor on May 30 and received a 22-15 vote to pass, with no votes recorded for three Senators. It will be heard next in the Assembly.


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