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SB 567 would specify when certain labels like "compostable" and "marine degradable" could be used in connection with plastic products.

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SB 567 (DeSaulnier) would specify when certain labels like "compostable" and "marine degradable" could be used in connection with plastic products.

Existing law prohibits a person from selling a plastic bag or a plastic food or beverage container that is labeled as "compostable" or "marine degradable" unless that plastic bag or container meets certain American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standard specifications or a standard adopted by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery. Existing law also prohibits the sale of a plastic bag or plastic food or beverage container that is labeled as "biodegradable," "degradable," "decomposable," or as otherwise specified, and further provides for the imposition of a civil penalty for a violation of these prohibitions.

This bill would repeal those prohibitions and would instead prohibit the sale of a plastic product1 labeled as "compostable" or "marine degradable" unless it meets those ASTM standard specifications or a standard adopted by the department, or unless the plastic product is labeled with a qualified claim for which the department has adopted an existing standard, and the plastic product meets that standard. The bill would prohibit the sale of a plastic product that is labeled as "biodegradable," "degradable," "decomposable," or as otherwise specified, and would provide for the imposition of a civil penalty for a violation of those prohibitions.

You can find the full text of the bill at http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/postquery?bill_number=sb_567&sess=1112&house=B

 


 

1 "Plastic product" means a product made of plastic, whether alone or in combination with other material, including, but not limited to, paperboard. A plastic product includes, but is not limited to, any of the following:

(1)  (A) A consumer product.
(B) For purposes of this paragraph, "consumer product" means a product or part of a product that is used, bought, or leased for use by a person for any purpose.
(2) A package or a packaging component.
(3) A bag, sack, wrap, or other thin plastic sheet film product.
(4) A food or beverage container or a container component, including, but not limited to, a straw, lid, or utensil.

AB 1149 would extend market development payments until Jan. 2017

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Current law allows the department to make discretionary expenditures (after core expenditures) of up to $10,000,000 to make market development payments for empty plastic beverage containers.  These market development payments will sunset on January 1, 2012, unless extended.  If passed, AB 1149 (Gordon) would extend the authorization to make these payments until January 1, 2017 and would require the department, in setting the amount of the market development payment, to consider all of the following: 
(A) The minimum funding level needed to encourage the in-state washing and processing of empty plastic beverage containers collected for recycling in this state. 
(B) The minimum funding level needed to encourage the in-state manufacturing that utilizes empty plastic beverage containers collected for recycling in this state. 
(C) The total amount of funds projected to be available for plastic market development payments and the desire to maintain the minimum funding level needed throughout the year.

You can find the full text of the bill at http://leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/postquery?bill_number=ab_1149&sess=1112&house=B&author=gordon

 

SB 862 would create the Southern California Goods Movement Authority

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If passed, SB 862 (Lowenthal) would create the Southern California Goods Movement Authority, which shall be composed of one representative from each of the following:

  1. The Port of Los Angeles, appointed by the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners,
  2. The Port of Long Beach, appointed by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners,
  3. The City of Los Angeles, appointed by the Mayor of Los Angeles,
  4. The City of Long Beach, appointed by the Mayor of Long Beach,
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AB 508 to give bidding preference to protect displaced recycling services employees

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Introduced on February 15, 2011, AB 508 (Swanson) would give a bidding preference to solid waste handling and recycling contractors and subcontractors who agree to retain, for a period of at least 90 days, certain employees who were employed to perform essentially the same services by the previous contractor or
subcontractor.

http://leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/postquery?bill_number=ab_508&sess=1112&house=B&author=swanson

Bill would make "grand theft" include copper theft over $250

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Recently amended, AB 316 (Carter) now provides that the definition of grand theft shall include the theft of copper materials exceeding a value of $250.

An earlier version would have allowed law enforcement to stop and inspect vehicles that are transporting metal products or metal alloy products to determine whether the driver is in legal possession of the load, and, upon reasonable belief that the driver of the vehicle is not in legal possession, to take custody of the vehicle and load.  A similar bill was introduced as AB 237 in the prior legislative session, but was not passed by the legislature.

http://leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/postquery?bill_number=ab_316&sess=1112&house=B&author=carter

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