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AB-3256 Climate risks: bond measure.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/21/2020 09:00 PM


Assembly Bill
No. 3256

Introduced by Assembly Members Eduardo Garcia, Bloom, Bonta, Friedman, Cristina Garcia, Mullin, Reyes, and Wood
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Eggman and Robert Rivas)

February 21, 2020

An act relating to climate risks.


AB 3256, as introduced, Eduardo Garcia. Climate risks: bond measure.
The California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2018, approved by the voters as Proposition 68 at the June 5, 2018, statewide direct primary election, authorizes the issuance of bonds in the amount of $4,000,000,000 pursuant to the State General Obligation Bond Law to finance a drought, water, parks, climate, coastal protection, and outdoor access for all program.
This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact a bond measure that would address climate risks to the State of California.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


 The people of California find and declare all of the following:
(a) The climate crisis presents a significant threat to the health, safety, and prosperity of the people of California. The changing climate increases the risk of extreme weather events, biodiversity loss, catastrophic wildfire, and sea level rise, resulting in harm to California’s agricultural industry, water supply, unique ecosystems, and economy.
(b) According to the state’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment, “[e]merging findings for California show that costs associated with direct climate impacts by 2050 are dominated by human mortality, damages to coastal properties, and the potential for droughts and mega-floods.”
(c) Improving climate resiliency will require investments in planning and both capital- and non-capital costs.
(d) Strategic restoration and stewardship of California’s natural infrastructure will increase the state’s resilience to the changing climate and can prevent or reduce many of the forecasted impacts of climate change.
(e) State investments to improve climate resiliency must reflect the varying type and severity of climate impacts across the state. Already vulnerable communities often face greater risks from climate change.
(f) Planning, investment, and action to address current and future climate change impacts must be guided by the best available science, including local and traditional knowledge.
(g) Investment in transformative, cost-effective, and evidence-based projects that increase the state’s resilience to climate change will protect the lives of all Californians, conserve our unique ecosystems, and save billions of dollars by preventing or reducing damage that may otherwise occur.

SEC. 2.

 It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation for a bond measure that would address climate risks to the State of California.