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AB-398 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund: report.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/09/2017 09:00 PM
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Revised  March 13, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 398


Introduced by Assembly Members Eduardo Garcia, Eggman, Gomez, and Maienschein
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Chu and Salas)

February 09, 2017


An act to amend Section 39720 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to greenhouse gases.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 398, as introduced, Eduardo Garcia. Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund: report.
The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 establishes the State Air Resources Board as the state agency responsible for 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 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 requires the Department of Finance to annually submit a report to the appropriate committees of the Legislature on the status of the projects funded with moneys from the fund.
This bill would require the department to include additional information in its annual report to the Legislature, including, among other things, the greenhouse gas emissions reductions attributable to each project and the geographic location, industry sector, and number of employees of the business entities, as defined, receiving moneys from the fund. The bill would require state agencies expending moneys from the fund to condition the acceptance of those moneys on the recipient providing information necessary to meet the reporting requirements.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 39720 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

39720.
 (a) Notwithstanding Section 10231.5 of the Government Code, the Department of Finance shall submit a an annual report on or before March 1, 2014, and annually thereafter, to the appropriate committees of the Legislature on the status of projects funded pursuant to this part and their outcomes.
(b) (1) The report, at a minimum, shall include all of the following:
(A) The greenhouse gas emissions reductions attributable to each project.
(B) The environmental and public health benefits, as applicable, attributable to each project.
(C) Actions and outcomes from those actions taken to assist residents of disadvantaged communities, as identified pursuant to Section 39711, and other target populations with the business, employment, and training opportunities offered through activities funded in whole or in part with moneys from the fund.
(D) The geographic location, industry sector, and number of employees of the business entities receiving moneys from the fund.
(E) The number of jobs created, including wage levels, by the business entities receiving moneys from the fund. Wage levels shall be reported in ranges determined by the state board in consultation with the California Environmental Protection Agency.
(F) The amount of other public or private moneys leveraged with investments from the fund.
(2) The California Workforce Development Board and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development may identify the other target populations referenced in subparagraph (C) of paragraph (1).
(3) Subparagraphs (D) and (E) of paragraph (1) shall apply only to investments made after February 1, 2018.
(c) State agencies expending moneys pursuant to this chapter shall condition the acceptance of those moneys on the recipient providing the information necessary to meet the reporting requirements of this section. Program data received for the purposes of meeting the requirements of this section shall be available to the public and may be provided separately from the report.

(b)

(d) A report submitted pursuant to subdivision (a) shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(e) The Secretary for Environmental Protection shall post a link to the report on the state’s primary climate change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Internet Web site, as determined by the secretary.
(f) For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:
(1) “Business entity” means any firm operating in the state as a nonprofit, sole proprietorship, general partnership, limited partnership, limited liability partnership, limited liability company, or corporation.
(2) “Target populations” means communities and groups of individuals that experience high levels of unemployment or poverty.

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