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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