ASSEMBLY BILL 32 (NUNEZ – 2006)
CHAPTER 488, STATUTES OF 2006
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Sections 38500, et seq., relating to air pollution, were added to the Health and Safety Code in 2006 following legislative approval of Assembly Bill 32, which enacted the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. (See Exhibit A, #1j) This bill was introduced on December 6, 2004 by Senator Fran Pavley. (See Exhibit A, #1a) Senator Fabian Nunez was named lead author of this bill on April 18, 2006, in the third amended version of the bill. (See Exhibit A, #1d)
Assembly Bill 32 was assigned to the Assembly and Senate Committee on Natural Resources and the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. (See Exhibit A, #3 and #8) The fiscal ramifications of the bill were considered by the Assembly Committee on Appropriations and the Senate Committee on Appropriations. (See Exhibit A, #5 and #10) Eight amendments were made to Assembly Bill 32. (See Exhibit A, #1b through #1i and #2) Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the bill on September 27, 2006 and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on that day as Chapter 488 of the Statutes of 2006. (See Exhibit A, #1j)
The Concurrence in Senate Amendments analysis of Assembly Bill 32 as last amended on August 30, 2006 that was prepared by the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources indicated that the Global Warming Act of 2006 “creates a statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) emission limit that would reduce emissions by 25% by 2020.” (See Exhibit A, #12, page 1)