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CalChamber Intervenes in First in the World Effort to Mandate Zero-Emission Private Commercial Trucks

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently heard a proposed rule that will require a steep ramp up in creation and deployment of zero-emission...
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What the Frack?! – Capitol Insider

California elected leaders are determined to phase out in-state fossil fuel production in order to meet its ambitious climate goals. California’s 2019-2020 enacted budget...

Another Prop 65 Headache

One of the world’s safest and most widely used drugs may soon come with California’s cancer warning. Tylenol, Benadryl, Dayquil, Midol and Excedrin, just to...
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Not Subject to Air Resources Board Jurisdiction? You Will be Very Soon

Do you get deliveries to your business? I expect you do. Under a new rule being considered by the California Air Resources Board (CARB),...
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Proposition 65: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

One cannot travel very far in the Golden State without being bombarded with cancer warnings. Thanks to Proposition 65 (Prop 65), a 1986 voter-approved...
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State Water Board Faces First Legal Test Over Wetlands Definition

On April 2nd the State Water Resources Control Board (Board) issued its final regulations defining the term “wetlands” for California, even though the federal...
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Righting the Ship – Part Two

In my last post, we looked at SB 44 (Skinner; D-Berkeley) and how it went from Job Killer status to a support position from...
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Righting the Ship: From Job Killer to Support

Legislators recently took aim at diesel trucks with a series of bills that would impact the cost of goods across California. Billed as “Ditching...

The Danger of Hazy Wildfire Smoke Standards – Capitol Insider

In the wake of recent devastating wildfires, California’s homeowners, businesses, and local governments have been left to clean up the devastation and rebuild their...

Carbon-Based Sales Tax Study Bill to Be Considered in Senate Committee

A California Chamber of Commerce-opposed-unless-amended bill that will increase costs and place regulatory burdens on businesses is scheduled to be heard in the Senate...

New Biological Assessment Released

In an effort to modernize operations of the federal Central Valley Project (CVP), the United States Bureau of Reclamation just released a new biological...

A Different Kind of Carbon Tax

The “carbon tax” being contemplated this session would replace California’s Sales and Use Tax with a “carbon tax” based on the “carbon intensity” of...

Governor Newsom’s Appointments Demonstrate Leadership on Environment – Capitol Insider

Governor Newsom has appointed to his executive team a bevy of experts well versed in climate change and environmental policy from an educational, think...
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Tis Better to Give Than to Receive . . . ?

California loves to highlight its strong economy and leadership on environmental issues. But California has a dirty secret: it is also a leader in...
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Colorado River in Crisis

It’s another dry year on the Colorado River. The two-decade long drought on the river significantly lowered reservoir levels. Lake Powell is about 48...
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Restoring Science-Based Public Policy in California

There is a saying, “science without policy is still science, but policy without science is just gambling.” Using science to inform public policy leads...

New Proposition 65 Rules Include Supply Chain Liability

Minimizing liability is quintessential for any prudent business. Liability could mean costly lawsuits, the loss of valuable business opportunities or relationships, large monetary penalties, serious...
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When Thinking Globally, Policymakers Should Remember Local Impacts

On September 12-14, 2018, the Global Climate Action Summit will convene in San Francisco, following Governor Brown’s 2017 announcement in advance of the United...
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Legislature Can Get the Lead Out

The right of citizens to propose laws by ballot initiative is one of California’s great checks and balances. Often viewed as a last resort...

New Proposition 65 Regulations Take Effect August 30

WARNING: Beginning August 30, 2018, new Proposition 65 regulations will take effect that significantly overhaul longstanding warning regulations and depart from the rules that businesses have...