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AB-713 State Air Resources Board: greenhouse gas emissions scoping plan: comprehensive health analysis. (2021-2022)

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Date Published: 05/24/2021 02:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  May 24, 2021
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 12, 2021
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 22, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 713


Introduced by Assembly Member Cristina Garcia

February 16, 2021


An act to add Section 38591.4 to the Health and Safety Code, relating to public health.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 713, as amended, Cristina Garcia. State Air Resources Board: greenhouse gas emissions scoping plan: comprehensive health analysis.
The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency charged with monitoring and regulating sources of emissions of greenhouse gases. The state board is required to approve a statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit equivalent to the statewide greenhouse gas emissions level in 1990 to be achieved by 2020 and to ensure that statewide greenhouse gas emissions are reduced to at least 40% below the 1990 level by 2030. The act requires the state board to prepare and approve a scoping plan for achieving the maximum technologically feasible and cost-effective reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and to update the scoping plan at least once every 5 years.
This bill would require the state board to conduct a comprehensive health analysis in conjunction with the development of each update of the scoping plan that includes a framework to provide an overview of the breadth of health impacts and health benefits that may accrue from the actions outcomes in the scoping plan and the pathways through which various policy actions may result in health impacts or health benefits, plan, as specified.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 38591.4 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

38591.4.
 (a) The state board shall conduct a comprehensive health analysis in conjunction with the development of each update of the scoping plan developed pursuant to Section 38561, including beginning with the update to be adopted by the state board in 2022, and integrate the health analysis into the development of the elements of the scoping plan and their prioritization within the scoping plan. The state board shall develop the comprehensive health analysis in collaboration with the State Department of Public Health and the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment and other agencies as appropriate.
(b) (1) The comprehensive health analysis shall include a framework to provide an overview of the breadth of health impacts and health benefits that may accrue from the actions outcomes in the scoping plan and the pathways through which various policy actions may result in health impacts or health benefits, including pathways through which actions may result in worsening or improving health inequities. plan. The framework shall include, but not be limited to, a consideration of the key factors impacting health described in subparagraphs (D) through (G), inclusive, of paragraph (2) of subdivision (d) of Section 131019.5.
(2) The comprehensive health analysis shall provide at a minimum a qualitative assessment of the potential health and health equity impacts, including health risks and health benefits of each of the actions recommended the outcomes specified in the scoping plan across all sectors included in the scoping plan, based on the pathways identified in the framework. plan. The analysis shall examine the full range of health impacts, outcomes, and benefits that might foreseeably be associated with implementation of actions recommended in the scoping plan, including those associated with changes in the physical, social, and economic environments and conditions in which people live, work, learn, and play. The analysis shall include a qualitative assessment of the relative magnitude of impacts associated with various greenhouse gas reduction strategies to inform the state board of which strategies will have the greatest health and health equity benefits or risks, or both.
(3) Where the qualitative assessment identifies the potential for nontrivial health impacts, more quantitative assessment shall be conducted to the extent feasible, to better understand the magnitude of impacts, and shall provide quantitative effect measurements or projections where possible.
(c) The state board shall identify specific areas in which tools and methodologies are currently unavailable to provide credible quantitative analysis of health impacts and shall identify strategies to fill those gaps.
(d) The state board shall afford the public and impacted communities opportunities to provide meaningful input into and comment on all aspects of the comprehensive health analysis, including through biannual public workshops, incorporation of draft health analysis in draft scoping plan documents, and in an annual report to the state board.