CASA’s team, with our members’ support, is off to a great start with several recent legislative wins. Here are a few highlights of several bills we influenced and advocacy advancements we’ve made over the past few weeks.

Bills We Opposed

SB 831 (Wieckowski), SB 1469 (Skinner) and AB 2890 (Ting and Skinner): All three bills were originally introduced with identical language to. As a result of our advocacy and opposition-led testimony, connection and capacity fees are no longer included in Accessory Dwelling Unit Bills.

Bills We Support

SB 1263 (Portantino): This is a CASA sponsored bill related to microplastic pollution. The legislation builds on work currently underway by the Ocean Protection Council to combat ocean litter. It directs the Council to develop a statewide microplastics strategy, facilitate needed research and methodologies and make policy recommendations to the legislature for potential remedies for dealing with microplastic pollution.

SB 1263 was heard in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee on April 18 and in the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee on April 24.  The bill passed unanimously out of both policy committees and will next be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

AB 2379 (Bloom): This legislation aims to curb the introduction of microfibers in the wastewater stream by encouraging hand washing of clothing with high microfiber content. AB 2379 passed two policy committees in the Assembly this month and is awaiting action on the Assembly Floor.

CASA Win: Connection and Capacity Fees No Longer Included in Accessory Dwelling Unit Bills

Three bills relating to accessory dwelling units have been quickly moving through policy committees in the Senate and Assembly this month (SB 831, SB 1469, and AB 2890).  All three bills were originally introduced with identical language that would have eliminated all fees for the construction of accessory dwelling units including wastewater connection and capacity fees.  CASA opposed all three measures. [See a copy of our SB 831 opposition letter here].

We actively advocated for changes to the bills and led the opposition testimony in the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee on SB 831.  Our arguments against the bills were compelling and backed by many letters of opposition sent by individual CASA member agencies.

Last week the Senate Governance and Finance Committee passed both Senate bills with amendments to eliminate the fee restrictions on water and wastewater connection and capacity fees. The bills now reflect existing law for connection and capacity fees for accessory dwelling units. AB 2890 was also amended in policy committee last week to remove the fee prohibition language.  With the removal of the objectionable language, CASA now has a neutral position on all three bills.

CASA-Sponsored Microplastics Bill Advances

SB 1263 (Portantino) is a CASA-sponsored bill related to microplastic pollution. The legislation builds on work currently being done by the Ocean Protection Council to combat ocean litter. It directs the Council to develop a statewide microplastics strategy, facilitate needed research and methodologies and make policy recommendations to the legislature for potential remedies for dealing with microplastic pollution.

CASA is pursuing this legislation in recognition that microplastics pose a significant environmental problem which necessarily requires a scientific and methodical approach to develop solutions and potential policy recommendations.  [See a copy of our SB 1263 support letter here].

SB 1263 was heard in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee on April 18th and in the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee on April 24.  The bill passed unanimously out of both policy committees and will next be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

We are also supporting AB 2379 (Bloom). This is a source control bill related to plastic microfiber pollution from clothing.  AB 2379 passed two policy committees in the Assembly this month and is awaiting action on the Assembly Floor.  [See a copy of our AB 2379 support letter here].