Several CAW sponsored legislation moved out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee today. AB 1109 (Huffman), which would require reductions in energy usage for lighting, while also reducing hazardous waste in lighting and increasing recycling opportunities moved on a do pass with amendments. The amendments included requiring caps of hazardous materials in new lighting technologies to mirror those requirements already set by the European Union's RoHs Directive. AB 48 (SaldaÃ±a) would phase out the use of specified hazardous materials in consumer electronics, consistent with the European Union's RoHs Directive also passed out of Appropriations and will be heard next week by the full Assembly. AB 904 (Feuer), which requires takeout fast food packaging be made of compostable or recyclable materials successfully made it off the Appropriations Suspense File and will head to Floor votes next week.
Unfortunately, AB 1535 (Huffman) was held in the Appropriations Suspense File. The bill would have added Personal Computers to California's already successful E-waste Program.