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SB-244 Lithium-ion batteries: illegal disposal: fire prevention.(2021-2022)

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Assembly:
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Bill Status
SB-244
Archuleta (S)
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Arambula (A) , Bauer-Kahan (A) , Dodd (S) , Flora (A) , Cristina Garcia (A) , Hertzberg (S) , Jones (S)
Lithium-ion batteries: illegal disposal: fire prevention.
02/21/21
An act to add Chapter 7.9 (commencing with Section 42435) to Part 3 of Division 30 of the Public Resources Code, relating to hazardous waste.
Senate
09/07/21
08/30/21

Type of Measure
Active Bill - In Floor Process
Majority Vote Required
Non-Appropriation
Fiscal Committee
State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Urgency
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
10/07/21 In Senate. Consideration of Governor's veto pending.
10/07/21 Vetoed by the Governor.
09/09/21 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 1 p.m.
09/03/21 Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 38. Noes 0. Page 2384.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
09/02/21 In Senate. Concurrence in Assembly amendments pending.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Senate:

I am returning Senate Bill 244 without my signature.

This bill would require the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) to develop a model protocol to prevent fires caused by lithium-ion batteries in the solid waste stream and require the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to develop guidance for local governments to increase public awareness about the proper disposal of those batteries. This bill would also require a solid waste enterprise to adopt a prevention protocol for fires caused by the disposal of lithium-ion batteries and train relevant employees on the protocol.

I share the concern about the risks lithium-ion batteries pose in the solid waste stream. However, this bill is duplicative of efforts already taken by local governments and stakeholder groups and does not propose a meaningful solution to the problem.

Furthermore, at a time when CAL FIRE is tackling historic wildfires, this proposal would divert funds away from mission-critical programs to implement this bill.

I welcome discussions with the author and Legislature about a meaningful, comprehensive approach to addressing the safety risks posed by lithium-ion batteries in the solid waste system that would advance California toward a more circular economy.

Sincerely,





Gavin Newsom