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AB-1237 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund: guidelines.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 09/30/2019 09:00 PM
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Assembly Bill No. 1237
CHAPTER 357

An act to add Section 16428.89 to the Government Code, relating to greenhouse gases.

[ Approved by Governor  September 27, 2019. Filed with Secretary of State  September 27, 2019. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1237, Aguiar-Curry. Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund: guidelines.
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, no later than January 1, 2021, would require an agency that receives an appropriation from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to post on the internet website of the agency’s program from which moneys from the fund are being allocated the guidelines, as specified, for how moneys from the fund are allocated for competitive financing programs, as specified.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 16428.89 is added to the Government Code, to read:

16428.89.
 No later than January 1, 2021, an agency that receives an appropriation from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund shall post on the internet website of the agency’s program from which moneys from the fund are being allocated the agency’s guidelines for how moneys from the fund are allocated for competitive financing programs. The guidelines shall include all of the following:
(a) Clear and accessible eligibility criteria for award opportunities.
(b) Application timelines for receiving awards.
(c) Information on technical assistance.
(d) Contact information for the agency.
(e) The amount of moneys, if any, required to be allocated to projects located in disadvantaged communities, as identified by the California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool, also known as CalEnviroScreen, and which statute, regulation, or other official agency policy, criteria, or guidelines required moneys from the fund to be allocated in that way.
(f) Whether the agency gives preference to certain applications outside of the eligibility and allocation requirements and which statute, regulation, or other official agency policy, criteria, or guidelines required moneys from the fund to be prioritized in that way.