August 25, 2016

Climate Change Legislation Heads to Governor’s Desk

On Tuesday, the Assembly approved SB32—the climate change legislation that would increase and make permanent statewide greenhouse gas emission reductions mandates.

SB32 would set a new statewide goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. The current climate law, AB32, required the state to reach 1990 levels by 2020. If passed, SB32 would have a direct impact on agriculture-related companies, including an increase in costs, reduced flexibility in operations and being mandated to utilize unproven or non-efficient technology.

The bill has already passed the Senate and is headed to Governor Brown to be signed. SB32’s companion bill, AB197, also passed and is expected to be signed by the Governor.

For questions, contact Matthew Allen at (916) 446-1435.