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Governor Signs League-Supported Bill Incentivizing Renewable Energy Investment

September 30, 2013
The clock is ticking with the bill signing deadline rapidly approaching Oct. 13. Approximately 464 bills remain pending before Gov. Jerry Brown. Over the weekend the Governor signed League-supported SB 43 (Wolk) and unfortunately signed League-opposed AB 1149 (Campos).
SB 43: Shared Renewable Energy Self Generation Program
The bill establishes a voluntary, opt-in pilot program focused on expanding access to renewable energy self-generation programs. SB 43 provisions align with League policies on renewable energy proliferation in order to comply with current law focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.     
Provisions allow utility customers of investor-owned utility companies such as Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric, and Pacific Gas & Electric, to invest in offsite renewable energy projects and receive utility bill credits in return. For example, many Californians rent their homes and are unable to install renewable energy generators like rooftop solar panels. SB 43 allows such individuals to receive energy from renewable sources by notifying utility providers on their bill.
AB 1149: Information Breach Notifications for Public Agencies
AB 1149 imposes significant new requirements on public agencies related to the prevention and notification of information security breaches. These new mandates could prove extremely burdensome for local agencies to comply with although the League supports the bill’s overall goal of protecting sensitive information.   
The League’s concerns center around unknown costs associated with the bill and the possibility that provisions could bring local governments under compliance of certain California Information Practices Act (1977) policies. For the most part security breaches at the local agency level have been far and few between with many cities already operating their own security breach programs and protocols.  
It remains to be seen exactly what and how the bill’s policies will affect cities with existing information security programs. Cities currently without such programs may be required to implement costly information security protocols while dealing with shrinking budgets due to lean fiscal times. Chaptered bill language is currently under review to determine the policy implications of AB 1149.  
Urgent Action Needed
The League strongly urges city officials and stakeholders to act on the following priority measures. To have your voice heard follow the bill hot link and tailor the position sample to your city or organization.
League-Supported Measures (Action Pending) 
HOT BILL AB 440 (Gatto): Hazardous materials: releases: local agency cleanup.

AB 513 (Frazier): Tire recycling program: rubberized asphalt.

AB 532 (Gordon): Local Housing Trust Fund.

AB 564 (Mullin): Community redevelopment: successor agencies.

AB 576 (V. Manuel Pérez): Revenue Recovery and Collaborative Enforcement Team Act: pilot program.

AB 683 (Mullin): Local government: fines and penalties: assessments.

AB 719 (Hernandez): Energy: energy efficiency: street light pole.

AB 748 (Eggman): Judgments against a public entity: interest.

AB 841 (Torres): Junk dealers and recyclers: nonferrous materials: payment.

AB 986 (Bradford): Postrelease community supervision: flash incarceration: city jails.

AB 1042 (Hall): Indian Gaming Special Distribution Fund.

AB 1090 (Fong): Public officers: conflicts of interest: contracts.

HOT BILL AB 1229 (Atkins): Land use: zoning regulations.

AB 1253 (Blumenfield): Vehicles: mobile advertising displays.

SB 31 (Padilla): Outdoor advertising displays: arenas.

SB 211 (Hernandez): Tax administration: disclosure of information: Franchise Tax board and cities.

HOT BILL SB 470 (Wright): Community development: economic opportunity.
SB 684 (Hill): Advertising displays: redevelopment agency project areas.

League Opposed-Measures (Action Pending)
AB 218 (Dickinson): Employment applications: criminal history.
HOT BILL AB 537 (Bonta): Meyers-Milias-Brown Act: impasse procedures.
HOT BILL AB 562 (Williams): Economic development subsidies: review by local agencies.

AB 691 (Muratsuchi): State lands: granted trust lands: sea level rise.

AB 792 (Mullin): Utility user tax: exemption: distributed generation systems.
AB 1235 (Gordon): Local agencies: financial management training.

HOT BILL AB 1373 (John A. Pérez): Workers’ compensation: firefighters and peace officers.

HOT BILL SB 7 (Steinberg): Public works: charter cities.

HOT BILL SB 313 (De León): Public Safety Officers Procedural Bills of Rights Act.
Status Update
Below is a breakdown on how many bills have been signed or vetoed this year:
For detailed information regarding bill signings and vetoes, please see the Governor’s press release website.

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