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AB-416 California Deforestation-Free Procurement Act: public works projects: wood and wood products.(2021-2022)

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Veto
Bill Status
AB-416
Kalra (A)
Allen (S) , Bloom (A) , Eduardo Garcia (A) , Lee (A) , Stern (S)
Friedman (A) , Laird (S) , Muratsuchi (A) , Luz Rivas (A)
California Deforestation-Free Procurement Act: public works projects: wood and wood products.
03/07/21
An act to add Sections 6105 and 10130 to the Public Contract Code, relating to public contracts.
Assembly
09/13/21
09/03/21

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Non-Appropriation
Fiscal Committee
State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Urgency
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
10/05/21 Vetoed by Governor.
09/17/21 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.
09/09/21 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 54. Noes 21.).
09/08/21 In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending.
09/08/21 Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 29. Noes 8.).
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 416 without my signature.

This bill would require the Department of General Services to issue a Deforestation-Free Code of Conduct covering contracts involving "forest-risk commodities," including wood, paper, rubber, palm oil, beef, and soy. It would require state contractors that provide products to the state that include forest-risk commodities to have a No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) policy and to make detailed certifications to the origin of each product. These contractors would be required to publicly disclose their supply chains back to the farm or forest where the commodity was grown or harvested.

Deforestation is a major contributor to the climate crisis that California and the world is facing right now. I share the author's commitment to preventing tropical deforestation. Unfortunately, this bill's extensive requirements would create a significant burden on California businesses - particularly small businesses - that are looking to participate in state contracts.

For example, under this bill, every time the state purchases a product that contains soy, the vendor providing that product would need to disclose the exact location where the soybeans were grown, who the farmer was, and where the soybeans were processed. Most small business suppliers do not have access to that information, and with nearly all the U.S. soybean supply coming from domestic producers, this requirement would place a significant burden on businesses without impacting the stated goal of preventing tropical deforestation.

For these reasons I cannot sign this bill; however, I remain committed to working with the author to advance our shared environmental goals and will consider future legislation that better targets those supply chains that directly impact tropical deforestation.

Sincerely,





Gavin Newsom