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SB-398 Green Assistance Program.(2015-2016)

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Amended  IN  Senate  June 02, 2015
Amended  IN  Senate  April 14, 2015

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2015–2016 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 398


Introduced by Senator Leyva
(Coauthors: Senators Beall and Pavley)

February 25, 2015


An act to add Part 10 (commencing with Section 44480) to Division 26 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to nonvehicular air pollution.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 398, as amended, Leyva. Green Assistance Program.
The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency charged with monitoring and regulating sources of emissions of greenhouse gases. The act authorizes the state board to include the use of market-based compliance mechanisms. Existing law requires all moneys, except for fines and penalties, collected by the state board from the auction or sale of allowances as part of a market-based compliance mechanism to be deposited in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund and to be available upon appropriation by the Legislature.
Existing law generally designates the state board as the state agency with the primary responsibility for the control of vehicular air pollution, and air pollution control and air quality management districts with the primary responsibility for the control of air pollution from all sources other than vehicular sources.
This bill would establish the Green Assistance Program, to be administered by the Secretary for Environmental Protection in concert with environmental justice programs, that, among other things, would provide technical assistance to small businesses, small nonprofits, and disadvantaged communities in applying for an allocation of moneys from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. The bill would declare that the secretary use existing resources for the program.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) Small businesses, small nonprofits, and disadvantaged communities often lack the technical expertise to develop grant and financing options.
(b) In order for the state to meet its greenhouse gas emissions reductions goals, every entity and community must have the same opportunity to compete for funding that is available to meet those goals.

SEC. 2.

 Part 10 (commencing with Section 44480) is added to Division 26 of the Health and Safety Code, to read:

PART 10. Green Assistance Program

44480.
 For purposes of this part, “secretary” means the Secretary for Environmental Protection.

44482.
 (a) The Green Assistance Program is hereby established and shall be administered by the secretary in concert with environmental justice programs. The program shall provide technical assistance to small businesses and small nonprofits, as both of those terms are defined by the secretary, and disadvantaged communities, as identified pursuant to Section 39711, in equitably applying for an allocation of the moneys deposited in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, created pursuant to Section 16428.8 of the Government Code.
(b) The technical assistance provided as part of the program established pursuant to this part may include, but is not limited to, any of the following:
(1) Basic information on available programs, eligibility requirements, and deadlines.
(2) Referrals to designated contact people in public agencies administering the programs.

(3)Assistance during the application preparation and submission process.

44484.
 (a) The secretary shall conduct outreach activities to inform small businesses, small nonprofits, and disadvantaged communities of the program established pursuant to this part.
(b) The secretary may coordinate outreach activities with other state agencies, local agencies, and nonprofits that serve eligible program applicants.

44486.
 The program established pursuant to this part shall use existing resources appropriated by the Legislature to the office of the Secretary for Environmental Protection in the annual Budget Act.