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AB-2831 Carbon offset credits: whole orchard recycling: healthy soils.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 05/01/2020 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  May 04, 2020

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2831


Introduced by Assembly Member Flora

February 20, 2020


An act relating to greenhouse gas reduction. An act to add Section 38562.1 to the Health and Safety Code, relating to greenhouse gas emissions, and making an appropriation therefor.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2831, as amended, Flora. Greenhouse gas reduction: carbon sequestration. Carbon offset credits: whole orchard recycling: healthy soils.
(1) The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 establishes the State Air Resources Board as the state agency responsible for monitoring and regulating sources emitting greenhouse gases. The act requires the state board to approve a statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit equivalent to the statewide greenhouse gas emissions level in 1990 to be achieved by 2020 and to ensure that statewide greenhouse gas emissions are reduced to at least 40% below the 1990 level by 2030. The act authorizes the state board to include the use of market-based compliance mechanisms. The act establishes the Compliance Offsets Protocol Task Force, with a specified membership, to provide guidance to the state board in approving new offset protocols for a market-based compliance mechanism for the purposes of increasing offset projects with direct environmental benefits in the state, as specified.
This bill would require the state board to develop a carbon offset credit for whole orchard recycling.
(2) Existing law, the Cannella Environmental Farming Act of 1995, requires the Department of Food and Agriculture, in consultation with the Scientific Advisory Panel on Environmental Farming, to establish and oversee a Healthy Soils Program to seek to optimize climate benefits while supporting the economic viability of California agriculture by providing incentives, including, but not limited to, loans, grants, research, and technical assistance, and educational materials and outreach, to farmers whose management practices contribute to healthy soils and result in net long-term on-farm greenhouse gas benefits.
This bill would appropriate an unspecified sum from the General Fund to the department for purposes of providing grants to the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources division and the California State University for research to assess the cobenefits from healthy soil practices.

Existing law declares the policy of the state that the protection and management of natural and working lands is an important strategy in meeting the state’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals because the protection and management of those lands can result in the removal of carbon from the atmosphere and the sequestration of carbon in, above, and below the ground. Existing law requires all state agencies, including, but not limited to, the Natural Resources Agency, the Department of Food and Agriculture, and the California Environmental Protection Agency, to consider this policy when revising, adopting, or establishing policies, regulations, expenditures, or grant criteria relating to the protection and management of natural and working lands.

This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation regarding carbon sequestration through whole orchard recycling.

Vote: MAJORITY2/3   Appropriation: NOYES   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 38562.1 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

38562.1.
 The state board shall develop a carbon offset credit for whole orchard recycling.

SEC. 2.

 The sum of ____ dollars ($____) is hereby appropriated from the General Fund to the Department of Food and Agriculture for purposes of providing grants to the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources division and the California State University for research to assess the cobenefits from healthy soil practices, such as whole orchard recycling, cover crops, and composting. Cobenefits may include the reduction of potential contaminants, such as nitrate leaching in to groundwater or the increase in water-holding capacity of soil allowing for more groundwater recharge.
SECTION 1.

It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation regarding carbon sequestration through whole orchard recycling.