California Legislature Raises the Bar, Sends Nation’s Most Ambitious Greenhouse Gas Target to Governor

California Legislature Raises the Bar, Sends Nation’s Most Ambitious Greenhouse Gas Target to Governor

Sep 06, 2016

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Brownstein Client Alert, September 6, 2016

The nation’s most ambitious greenhouse gas (“GHG”) control law may soon get 40 percent tougher. On Aug. 26, 2016, the California Legislature sent Senate Bill 32 (“SB 32”) to Gov. Brown’s desk for signature. A few days earlier, the Legislature sent SB 32’s companion legislation, Assembly Bill 197 (“AB 197”), to the governor. Together, the bills would reduce California’s GHG emissions target to at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. Brown is widely expected to sign both bills, in part because they adopt the same GHG target expressed in his 2015 executive order B-30-15.

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