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AB-1952 Washing machines: microfiber filters: state laundry facilities: pilot program.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/24/2020 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  February 24, 2020

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1952


Introduced by Assembly Member Mark Stone
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Carrillo Carrillo, Friedman, and Kalra)

January 17, 2020


An act to add Section 8318 to the Government Code, and to add Section 6110 to the Public Contract Code, relating to state government. An act to add and repeal Section 14634 of the Government Code, relating to water.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1952, as amended, Mark Stone. State entities: contracts: washing Washing machines: microfiber filters. filters: state laundry facilities: pilot program.

Existing law governs the bidding and awarding of public contracts by various state agencies. Existing law imposes requirements on contractors awarded various public contracts, including, among others, certifying that no equipment, materials, supplies, apparel, garments, or accessories provided under specified contracts are produced by sweatshop labor, forced labor, convict labor, indentured labor under penal sanction, abusive forms of child labor, or exploitation of children in sweatshop labor.

Existing law also places various requirements on property owned by state entities, or on property owned by vendors operating on behalf of state entities, including, among others, requiring a vendor that operates or maintains a vending machine on state property to offer a specified percentage of food in the vending machine that meets accepted nutritional guidelines.

Existing law, to protect public health and water quality, regulates a broad range of consumer products and processes, including water softeners, water treatment devices, and backflow prevention devices, among others.
Existing law, the California Safe Drinking Water Act, requires the State Water Resources Control Board to administer provisions relating to the regulation of drinking water to protect public health. Existing law requires the state board, on or before July 1, 2020, to adopt a definition of microplastics in drinking water, as provided. Existing law requires the Ocean Protection Council, to the extent funds are available, to adopt and implement a Statewide Microplastics Strategy related to microplastic materials that pose an emerging concern for ocean health, as provided.

This bill, beginning January 1, 2022, would require all washing machines owned or operated by a state entity, as defined, to include a microfiber filter, and would require state entities to install a microfiber filter on any washing machines owned or operated by the state entity before January 1, 2022. The bill, beginning January 1, 2022, would require every contract entered into, renewed, or extended by a state entity for laundry services to require the washing machines used to contain microfiber filters or to have filters installed on all drain lines, and would require the Department of General Services to adopt regulations for these purposes before January 1, 2022.

This bill would require the Department of General Services, in coordination with the California Environmental Protection Agency and as soon as feasible, to implement a pilot program for one year to assess the efficacy of microfiber filtration systems in removing microfiber from waste washwater from state-owned laundry facilities. The bill would require the department to monitor the presence of microfiber in waste washwater from 10 state-owned laundry facilities chosen to participate in the pilot program. The bill would require the department, by January 1, 2023, to submit a report to the Legislature on the results of the pilot program. The bill would repeal these provisions on January 1, 2027.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 14634 is added to the Government Code, to read:

14634.
 (a) The department, in coordination with the California Environmental Protection Agency and as soon as feasible, shall implement a pilot program for one year to assess the efficacy of microfiber filtration systems in removing microfiber from waste washwater from state-owned laundry facilities. The pilot program shall identify 10 appropriate state-owned laundry facilities and install microfiber filtration systems with a 90-percent or greater filtration rate at those facilities.
(b) The department, in coordination with the agency, shall monitor the waste washwater from those identified facilities for the presence of microfiber for the duration of the pilot program.
(c) On or before January 1, 2023, the department, in coordination with the agency and in accordance with Section 9795, shall submit to the Legislature a report on the results of the pilot program.
(d) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2027, and as of that date is repealed.

SECTION 1.Section 8318 is added to the Government Code, to read:
8318.

(a)Before January 1, 2022, all state entities shall install a microfiber filter on any washing machine owned or operated by the state entity.

(b)Beginning January 1, 2022, a washing machine owned or operated by a state entity shall include a microfiber filter.

(c)For purposes of this section, “state entity” means every state office, department, division, bureau, board, and commission, the Legislature, the judicial branch, including judicial officers, the California State University, and the University of California.

SEC. 2.Section 6110 is added to the Public Contract Code, to read:
6110.

(a)Beginning January 1, 2022, every contract entered into, renewed, or extended by a state entity for laundry services shall require the washing machines used to contain microfiber filters or to have filters installed on all drain lines.

(b)Before January 1, 2022, the Department of General Services shall adopt regulations to implement this section.

(c)For purposes of this section, “state entity” means every state office, department, division, bureau, board, and commission, the Legislature, the judicial branch, including judicial officers, the California State University, and the University of California.