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AB-1252 Environmental Justice Small Grant Program: advance payments.(2019-2020)

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Bill Status
AB-1252
Robert Rivas (A)
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Durazo (S)
Environmental Justice Small Grant Program: advance payments.
03/24/19
An act to amend Section 71116 of the Public Resources Code, relating to environmental protection.
Assembly
09/06/19
08/26/19

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Non-Appropriation
Fiscal Committee
Non-State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Urgency
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
10/12/19 Vetoed by Governor.
09/11/19 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
09/05/19 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 79. Noes 0. Page 3023.).
09/03/19 In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending. May be considered on or after September 5 pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.
09/03/19 Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 40. Noes 0. Page 2452.).
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 1252 without my signature.

This bill expands the California Environmental Protection Agency's (CalEPA) authority to distribute advanced payments for grants awarded under the Environmental Justice Small Grant Program.

Currently environmental justice grant funds are awarded as a reimbursement for approved projects, but organizations may receive an advanced payment of up to $10,000 in order to begin a project.

I support finding new tools to help community-based non-profit organizations and tribal governments overcome obstacles to accessing environmental justice grants. However, state agencies have to ensure state monies are appropriately spent by verifying the expense prior to disbursing the funds. The resources required to attempt to track down, verify or recover misspent grant dollars after they have been paid would divert staff time and resources away from administering the program and assisting other grant applicants.

Sincerely,





Gavin Newsom