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AB-416 State Air Resources Board: Local Emission Reduction Program.(2013-2014)

As Amends the Law Today

 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is critical to public health, safety, the economy, and the natural environment that residents rely on.
(b) State investments in local and regional greenhouse gas emission reduction projects in this state help local communities thrive, support the state’s emission-reduction and clean-energy targets, lower the statewide unemployment rate, and spur new job growth.
(c) Providing incentives to local governments to plan and implement their own greenhouse gas emission reduction efforts will assist the state to reach its emission-reduction targets faster and more efficiently.
(d) Local greenhouse gas emission reduction initiatives best recognize the particular reduction opportunities at the local level and provide an opportunity to enhance the environment and economy of local and regional places through multibenefit projects.
(e) Local governments are well suited to coordinate and aggregate micro-, small-, community-, and regional-scale projects that will help the state reach its environmental targets while providing incentives to investments and job growth at the local level.
(f) It is the intent of the Legislature to promote investments in local and regional greenhouse gas emission reduction projects.

SEC. 2.

 Chapter 3.6 (commencing with Section 39680) is added to Part 2 of Division 26 of the Health and Safety Code, to read:

CHAPTER  3.6. Local Emission Reduction Program
 (a) The Local Emission Reduction Program is hereby created.
(b) Moneys shall be available from the General Fund, upon appropriation by the Legislature, for purposes of carrying out this chapter.
(c) (1) The state board, in coordination with other state entities, as appropriate, shall establish the Local Emission Reduction Program to provide local assistance grants and other financial assistance to eligible recipients for the purposes of developing and implementing greenhouse gas emissions reduction projects in this state.
(2) The state board, in coordination with the Strategic Growth Council, shall administer the Local Emission Reduction Program.
(d) For purposes of this chapter, “eligible recipient” means a city, county, city and county, charter city, charter county, metropolitan planning organization, regional climate authority, special district, joint powers authority, air pollution control or air quality management district, regional collaborative, or nonprofit organization working in coordination with a local government.
(e) The state board shall develop standards and guidelines for the distribution of funds to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to maximize the ability to achieve one or more of the following:
(1) Decrease air or water pollution.
(2) Reduce the consumption of natural resources or energy.
(3) Provide opportunities to achieve greenhouse gas emissions reductions in ways that increase localized energy resources.
(4) Promote public-private partnerships to implement energy efficiency and clean energy projects with financing incentives for residential and commercial facilities.
(5) Increase the reliability of local water supplies.
(6) Increase solid waste diversion from landfills.
(7) Increase electric vehicle infrastructure.
(8) Achieve greenhouse gas emissions reductions in ways that reduce vehicle miles traveled.
(9) Prevent conversion of agricultural, forest, and open space lands to uses that result in higher greenhouse gas emissions.
(f) In evaluating potential projects to be funded pursuant to this chapter, the state board and the Strategic Growth Council shall give priority to projects that demonstrate one or more of the following characteristics:
(1) Regional implementation.
(2) The ability to leverage additional public and private funding.
(3) The potential for cobenefits or multibenefit attributes.
(4) The potential for the project or program to be replicated.
(5) Consideration of geographic and socioeconomic issues.
(g) The state board shall ensure that the Local Emission Reduction Program provides opportunities for both small and large population participants.
(h) The state board, in coordination with the Strategic Growth Council, shall ensure funding is available pursuant to this chapter for both of the following:
(1) The development and implementation of innovative projects that create new systems or technologies.
(2) (A) The implementation of existing, proven greenhouse gas emissions reducing or sequestering projects, including, but not limited to, those projects and programs already adopted by local agencies.
(B) Projects receiving funding pursuant to subparagraph (A) shall receive funding on a competitive basis.
 The state board, in implementing a grant program pursuant Section 39680, shall develop standards and guidelines to ensure projects funded pursuant to this chapter maximize funds appropriated, provide environmental and economic benefits, and do not conflict with other areas of law.
 It is the intent of the Legislature that moneys shall be appropriated for this chapter only in a manner consistent with the requirements of this part, including Chapter 4.1 (commencing with Section 39710), and Article 9.7 (commencing with Section 16428.8) of Chapter 2 of Part 2 of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.
 The implementation of this chapter, including the development of standards and guidelines by the state board pursuant to this chapter and the provision of financial assistance to eligible recipients pursuant to Section 39680, shall be contingent on the appropriation of moneys by the Legislature for these purposes.