Assemblymember Dababneh joins Governor Brown, Legislators at Signings of Historic Climate Change Legislation

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

LOS ANGELES — Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (D – Woodland Hills) joined Governor Jerry Brown and legislative leaders for the signings of Assembly Bill (AB) 398 and AB 617, bipartisan bills to extend California’s cap-and-trade program, to ensure the state moves forward in meeting its greenhouse gas reduction goals, and reduce air pollution in California neighborhoods.

“Last week, I had the opportunity to support AB 398 and AB 617, which will accelerate California’s climate and clean air leadership,” remarked Assemblymember Dababneh. “This legislation continues our fight to reduce air and carbon emissions in the state, especially in the communities most impacted by such pollution. The strengthening of climate policies provided by these two bills not only benefits public and environmental health, but also provides a tangible economic benefit for people and businesses in the greater San Fernando Valley.”

Key elements of AB 398 include extending the cap-and-trade program until 2030, establishing important price containment measures to ensure market stability for industry and communities, forming requirements for state regulators to develop ways to increase offset projects with direct environmental benefits in California, and mandating that 50 percent of offset projects be based in California.

The air quality provisions included in AB 617 will improve monitoring and reporting of toxic air emissions, identify high-priority communities needing relief, and implement emission reduction programs in these communities. The bill establishes targets, deadlines, and enforcement that will reduce air pollution, as well as improve monitoring, collect relevant data, and increase transparency that will support more effective air quality programs going forward.

Overall, more than 150 organizations representing environmental causes, clean energy, health care, technology, agriculture, labor and local governments from across California supported this legislation.