Today's Law As Amended

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AB-2408 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.(2015-2016)

As Amends the Law Today


 Section 39712 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

 (a) (1) It is the intent of the Legislature that moneys shall be appropriated from the fund only in a manner consistent with the requirements of this chapter and Article 9.7 (commencing with Section 16428.8) of Chapter 2 of Part 2 of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.
(2) The state shall not approve allocations for a measure or program using moneys appropriated from the fund except after determining, based on the available evidence, that the use of those moneys furthers the regulatory purposes of Division 25.5 (commencing with Section 38500) and is consistent with law. If any expenditure of moneys from the fund for any measure or project is determined by a court to be inconsistent with law, the allocations for the remaining measures or projects shall be severable and shall not be affected.
(3) An eligible expenditure of moneys appropriated to the Department of Community Services and Development may occur over multiple fiscal years and the department may make multiyear funding commitments over a period of more than one fiscal year.
(b) Moneys shall be used to facilitate the achievement of reductions of greenhouse gas emissions in this state consistent with Division 25.5 (commencing with Section 38500) and, where applicable and to the extent feasible:
(1) Maximize economic, environmental, and public health benefits to the state.
(2) Foster job creation by promoting in-state greenhouse gas emissions reduction projects carried out by California workers and businesses.
(3) Complement efforts to improve air quality.
(4) Direct investment toward the most disadvantaged communities and households in the state.
(5) Provide opportunities for businesses, public agencies, Native American tribes in the state,  nonprofits, and other community institutions to participate in and benefit from statewide efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
(6) Lessen the impacts and effects of climate change on the state’s communities, economy, and environment.
(c) Moneys appropriated from the fund may be allocated, consistent with subdivision (a), for the purpose of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in this state through investments that may include, but are not limited to, any of the following:
(1) Funding to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency, clean and renewable energy generation, distributed renewable energy generation, transmission and storage, and other related actions, including, but not limited to, at public universities, state and local public buildings, and industrial and manufacturing facilities.
(2) Funding to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the development of state‑of‑the‑art systems to move goods and freight, advanced technology vehicles and vehicle infrastructure, advanced biofuels, and low‑carbon and efficient public transportation.
(3) Funding to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with water use and supply, land and natural resource conservation and management, forestry, and sustainable agriculture.
(4) Funding to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through strategic planning and development of sustainable infrastructure projects, including, but not limited to, transportation and housing.
(5) Funding to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased in-state diversion of municipal solid waste from disposal through waste reduction, diversion, and reuse.
(6) Funding to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through investments in programs implemented by local and regional agencies, local and regional collaboratives, Native American tribes in the state,  and nonprofit organizations coordinating with local governments.
(7) Funding research, development, and deployment of innovative technologies, measures, and practices related to programs and projects funded pursuant to this chapter.
(8) Funding to maximize the delivery of integrated greenhouse gas reduction projects, including, but not limited to, advanced clean vehicles, carsharing and vanpools, low-income rooftop solar, energy efficiency and weatherization, organic waste diversion and compost development, and urban greening projects, in low-income and disadvantaged communities.

SEC. 2.

 Section 39712.5 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

 (a) (1) For purposes of this section, “grant program” means a program receiving an allocation from the fund that provides grants to entities implementing programs to provide benefits to the public.
(2) State agencies administering grant programs funded pursuant to Section 39712 shall update their program guidelines to encourage grantees implementing regional and neighborhood programs to coordinate with other grantees, including those receiving grants administered by other state agencies, by promoting both of the following:
(A) The use of a single or coordinated application by grantees to determine the eligibility of a member of the public for benefits provided by the regional and neighborhood programs.
(B) The use of a single mechanism by grantees to report to the granting agencies on the efficacy of their programs, to the extent feasible.
(3) State agencies administering grant programs shall update their guidelines, to the extent feasible, to authorize the use by grantees of a percentage of the grant moneys to provide technical assistance to members of the public in applying for benefits under the grantee’s program.
(b) In evaluating grant programs receiving an allocation from the fund, state agencies shall give priority to programs that demonstrate one or more of the following characteristics:
(1) Coordination with other grant programs, including grant programs administered by other state agencies, to maximize the benefits to the public.
(2) The ability to leverage additional public and private funding.
(3) The potential for multiple benefits.
(4) The potential for replication of the programs.
(5) The use of existing regional infrastructure and institutions.
(6) The inclusion of workforce development programs that provide learning opportunities for veterans, former foster care recipients, farmworkers, and at-risk youth, such as state-certified conservation corps, especially in low-income or disadvantaged communities.