Speaker Rendon Statement on Passage of Climate Change Legislation

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Speaker Rendon Statement on Passage of Climate Change Legislation

(Sacramento) – Assembly Democrats overwhelmingly approved Senate Bill 32,  which will extend and expand the state’s emissions reduction goals, moving the important bill a big step closer to becoming law. “Our climate change efforts are proof California can be progressive and prosperous at the same time,” said Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount). “California has proven that economic growth and strong environmental laws are not mutually exclusive, the state’s economy has flourished as our air and water quality has improved,” said Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella), who presented SB 32 to the Assembly and authored its companion bill AB 197.  Here’s more from some of the Assembly Democrats who led the charge to pass SB 32 in this Assembly Access video.


SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) released the following statement after the Assembly passed Senate Bill 32 to extend California's landmark emissions reductions goals:

"Our climate change efforts are proof California can be progressive and prosperous at the same time. Harmful emissions are going down, and the economy is going up. That's a success story – plain and simple. We've done so much on this front, and we can't turn back now. That's why extending our emission reductions goals is so critical.

"With SB 32, we continue California's leadership on climate change, we keep making sure our air gets cleaner, and we ensure the economic and environmental benefits of our efforts reach all California communities. To ensure those goals are achieved, we must also pass AB 197 to ensure greater legislative oversight, as well as agency accountability and data transparency from the California Air Resources Board.

"Ten years ago, the Assembly passed AB 32. Today, we honored that history by again making history and passing SB 32. We will continue working to do the same for AB 197."

CONTACT: Kevin Liao, (916) 319-2063

Website of Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon: www.asmdc.org/speaker

Website of Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia: http://www.asmdc.org/egarcia

Links to audio of Assemblymember Garcia and Speaker Rendon:

Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) led the effort to pass SB 32 in the Assembly. Here’s Assemblymember Garcia’s presentation of SB 32 to the State Assembly. (5:07)

Assemblymember Garcia says SB 32 is a critical part of a healthy and prosperous future in California. (:11)

Speaker Rendon’s remarks on the floor of the State Assembly prior to the vote. (2:07)

Speaker Rendon says SB 32 extends and expands the successful efforts of AB 32, which was approved 10 years ago. (:09)

Speaker Rendon says SB 32 keeps California on track for a healthier and more prosperous future.  (:14)

Speaker Rendon says SB 32 – along with AB 197, which is scheduled for a vote later this week – adds legislative oversight to the Air Resources Board. (:08)