2023-2024 Priority Climate Bills

Climate Action California endorsed more than 60 bills in 2023, the first year of the two-year legislative session. The Governor signed many of our priorities, and vetoed a few. Still others have been punted by policy committees or authors to 2024 as "two-year bills."  For more information, sign up for updates and alerts, join one or more campaign teams, or come to one of our twice-monthly meetings, on Tuesday evenings.

For 2024, our teams have developed a list of bills we're proposing to legislators for introduction in the new year.

Some of our priority bills, SIGNED by Governor Newsom

  • SB 261 (Stern) Climate-related financial risk disclosures: companies doing more than $500,000 in annual revenues must report and publish their climate-related financial risk annually.
  • SB 253 (Wiener) Greenhouse gas emissions disclosures: companies with more than $1 billion in annual revenues must report their Scopes 1, 2, and 3 emissions each year, along with plans to reduce those emissions.
  • AB 1167 (Carrillo) Entities that purchase or accept transfer of an oil or gas well in California must post a bond sufficient to cover the cost of safely closing the well when it is no longer in use.
  • SB 410 (Becker) codifies the Public Utilities Commission's oversight of utilities, holding utilities accountable for an efficient transition to all-renewable energy.
  • SB 49 (Becker) requires CalTrans to evaluate the feasibility of siting renewable energy infrastructure on highway right-of-ways. Considerably weakened by amendments, but worth passing.
  • SB 389 (Allen) More legal authority over water diversions and water rights for the State Water Resources Control Board. Passed by the Assembly and awaiting concurrence with amendments in the Senate
  • AB 579 (Ting) All schoolbuses purchased or leased in California must be electric by 2035, withe some exceptions. Should be sooner, but better than nothing

Bills that couldn't amass the votes in 2023 but will be back in 2024 ("Two-year bills")—and so will we

  • SB 252 (Gonzalez) Fossil fuel divestment for California’s two huge pension funds, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS)
  • SB 233 (Skinner) By 2030, all new electric vehicles sold in California, including cars, light-duty trucks, and  schoolbuses must be “bidirectional capable”—able to provide electricity stored in the battery to power a home during a blackout, or back to the grid to extend the renewable electricity supply. This bill was severely weakened by late amendments, and we'll be working next year to amend back its oomph!
  • AB 9 (Muratsuchi) Requires the Air Resources Board to evaluate the effectiveness of California's Cap and Trade program and revise the program's regulations if we are not on track to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as required by law: to 40 percent below 1990 levels by the end of 2030
  • SB 709 (Allen) Significantly tightens the regulations governing inclusion of biogas from livestock manure in CARB's Low Carbon Fuel Standard program. 
  • SB 308 (Becker) The "Carbon Dioxide Removal Market Development Act" requires CARB to set up a market-based program where large emitters of greenhouse gases must purchase credits for their emissions, with the proceeds supporting development of carbon dioxide removal from the atmosphere.