Several CAW-sponsored bills passed out of Senate Environmental Quality Committee today and now head to Senate Appropriations. AB 48 (SaldaÃ±a), which would phase out the use of specified hazardous materials in most consumer electronics and was modeled on the European Union Restriction on Hazardous Substance Directive, passed with a 5-2 vote. AB 1109 (Huffman), which would establish the nation's most comprehensive energy targets for lighting devices, also received a 5-2 vote. Additionally, AB 258 (Krekorian) passed out of the committee. That bill, a component of this year's marine debris package, would work to prevent the loss of preproduction plastic pellets into the environment.
This is the last week bills may be heard in policy committee.