Gov. Schwarzenegger recently signed five of my bills into law, including ones dealing with redevelopment funds, solar energy, and hybrid vehicles. I’m grateful for the governor’s support of these bills that will improve the quality of life for Californians.
Redevelopment Limits (SB 93)
Restricts redevelopment agencies from moving funds for blighted areas to projects with little to no benefit to taxpayers within the blighted community.
Clean Energy Production (SB 412)
Extends the deadline and broadens the number of clean energy technologies eligible for receiving state incentives for generating cleaner and more efficient energy.
Seatless Bicycles (SB 527)
Allows bicycles without a seat to be legally ridden on streets. This change will allow companies to manufacture and sell elliptical-style bicycles in California and market them in-state, increasing their production and creating more jobs for local economies.
Plug-In Hybrids(SB 626)
Makes it easier to deploy plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles in California by addressing infrastructure needs.
Electricity Rates (SB 695)
Ensures that utility customers pay the real cost of electricity, rather than rates which have varied greatly since the state energy crisis in 2001. It also creates more competition by allowing businesses to shop for the best energy deal. Under SB 695, future cost increases will be more equitably distributed while continuing to protect low income customers from significant rate increases.
In addition to my bills signed by the Governor, he vetoed two.
Reducing Wildfire Risk (SB 505)
This bill would have reduced state fire fighting costs and improved public safety for those living in areas most at risk of wildfire. It would have required local governments to better plan for wildfire in proposed developments where the State of California has firefighting responsibility.
This bill would have limited major development in state parks, like the proposed transmission line through Anza Borrego Desert State Park and the toll road expansion through San Onofre State Park. The bill would have required any proposed infrastructure project in state parklands be recommended by the State Parks Commission and approved by the Legislature.