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AB-995 Hazardous waste.(2019-2020)

Bill Status
Cristina Garcia (A) , Bloom (A) , Carrillo (A) , Kalra (A) , Reyes (A) , Santiago (A)
Leyva (S) , Wieckowski (S)
Lena Gonzalez (S) , Holden (A) , Mullin (A) , Luz Rivas (A) , Smith (A) , Stern (S)
Hazardous waste.
An act to amend Sections 6103.10 and 11553 of the Government Code, to amend Sections 25160, 25175, 25178.1, 25200, 25200.8, 25201.6, 25205, 25205.2, 25205.5, 25205.5.1, 25205.7, 25205.12, 25205.16, 25205.21, 25205.22, 25207.12, and 25250.24 of, to amend, repeal, and add Section 25174 of, to add Sections 25110.2.1, 25174.01, 25174.02, 25187.3, 25200.05, 25200.25, 25200.27, 25246.1, 25246.2, and 25355.3 to, to add Article 2.1 (commencing with Section 25125) to Chapter 6.5 of Division 20 of, to add and repeal Section 25205.5.01 of, to add and repeal Article 3.1 (commencing with Section 25133) of Chapter 6.5 of Division 20 of, to repeal Sections 25174.1, 25174.2, 25174.6, 25174.7, 25174.11, 25205.3, 25205.4, 25205.9, 25205.14, 25205.15, and 25205.20 of, and to repeal and add Section 25135.9 of, the Health and Safety Code, and to amend Sections 43002.3, 43012, 43101, 43152, 43152.7, and 43152.15 of, and to repeal Sections 43005.5, 43051, 43055, 43151, 43152.11, and 43152.16 of, the Revenue and Taxation Code, relating to hazardous waste.

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Fiscal Committee
State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
09/29/20 Vetoed by Governor.
09/14/20 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
08/31/20 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 61. Noes 9. Page 5470.).
08/31/20 Assembly Rule 63 suspended. (Ayes 57. Noes 15. Page 5466.)
08/31/20 In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 995 without my signature.

This bill would create the Board of Environmental Safety within the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) to provide policy direction to and oversight of the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC).

I applaud the author's diligence in seeking to increase transparency and accountability in DTSC. However, the bill as written falls short of the goals we have previously set for needed changes to better protect public health and safety. Without necessary funding, DTSC will be unable to deliver on the promise of this legislation - cleaning up too many abandoned sites adversely impacting the health of low-income communities across our state and better protecting Californians from dangerous chemicals going forward.

Understanding that governance and fiscal changes are both necessary and inextricably tied to achieving the mandates DTSC is currently responsible for, my 2020 Budget proposed a comprehensive approach to achieve a more transparent decision-making process through the creation of a board and restructured fees to adequately fund this Department.

AB 995 seeks to impose changes to governance but lacks necessary fiscal reform.

To accomplish comprehensive change and make progress on the more than 150,000 brownfield sites where no responsible party exists, we will need comprehensive fiscal reform to support adequate revenues. Over the last year, we were able to reach agreement with the Legislature on many of the key elements of DTSC reform. I am confident that in the upcoming legislative session we will achieve the much needed fiscal and governance reforms to better protect communities across our state.

Therefore, I am returning this bill without my signature.


Gavin Newsom