Capitol Alert: AM Alert: Senate committees review California's greenhouse gas progress

akoseff@sacbee.comMarch 12, 2014 

Is California meeting its goal to reduce greenhouse gases in the state to 1990 levels by 2020? Should it take a more global approach to addressing climate change or keep emission reduction programs such as "cap and trade" focused solely on California? What happens to the state's efforts after 2020?

The Senate Environmental Quality Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Climate Change will consider these and other questions related to the implementation of AB 32, the 2006 law mandating a reduction of California's greenhouse gas emissions, during an oversight hearing at 9 a.m. in Room 4203 of the Capitol.

Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board, headlines the panel discussions on the current progress and potential future of the AB 32 programs. She also testified at an Assembly hearing about the law on Monday.

VIDEO: State Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, is the latest lawmaker to use an informational hearing to boost an election campaign, Dan Walters says.

BABY GENIUSES: A full hand of legislators joins First 5 California to announce a new campaign encouraging early brain stimulation for babies and toddlers. The press conference at 10 a.m. in Room 317 of the Capitol includes state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Sen. Carol Liu, D-La Cañada Flintridge, and Assembly members Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, Sharon Quirk-Silva, D-Fullerton, and Shirley Weber, D-San Diego.

HOMELESS YOUTH: The Assembly Select Committee on Homelessness discusses the challenges and needs of homeless students in California's public schools at 9:30 a.m. in Room 126 of the Capitol.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The California Trucking Association is rolling up to the Capitol for its lobby day with a high-tech trailer that simulates the experience of driving a big rig. Those interested in taking the simulator for a spin will find it on 10th Street between L and N streets from 3:30-6 p.m.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, who turns 37 today.

PHOTO: A tanker truck passes the Chevron oil refinery in Richmond on March 9, 2010. The Associated Press/Paul Sakuma

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