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SB 226

  • California Senate Bill
  • 2011-2012 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate Feb 09, 2011
  • Passed Senate Apr 14, 2011
  • Passed Assembly Sep 09, 2011
  • Governor

Environmental quality.

Bill Subjects

Environmental Quality.

Abstract

(1) The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires a lead agency to prepare, or cause to be prepared, and certify the completion of, an environmental impact report (EIR) on a project, as defined, that it proposes to carry out or approve that may have a significant effect on the environment, as defined, or to adopt a negative declaration if it finds that the project will not have that effect. This bill would exempt from the requirements of CEQA the installation of a solar energy system, including associated equipment, on the roof of an existing building or an existing parking lot meeting specified conditions. Because a lead agency would be required to determine whether a project would be exempt under this provision, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. (2) CEQA requires a lead agency to call a scoping meeting for a project of statewide, regional, or areawide significance, and requires the lead agency to provide notice of at least one of those scoping meetings to specified entities, including a county or city that borders on a county or city within which the project is located, unless otherwise designated annually by agreement between the lead agency and county or city. Existing law requires, prior to action by a legislative body to adopt or substantially amend a general plan, the planning agency to refer the proposed action to a city or county within or abutting the area covered by the proposal. This bill would authorize this referral of a proposed action to adopt or substantially amend a general plan of a city or county to be conducted concurrently with the scoping meeting. The city or county would be authorized to submit specified comments at the scoping meeting. (3) CEQA authorizes the Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency to certify and adopt guidelines to include a list of classes of projects that have been determined not to have a significant effect on the environment and are exempted from the requirements of CEQA (categorical exemption) . This bill would provide that a project's greenhouse gas emissions are not, in and of themselves, deemed to cause the exemption to be inapplicable under specified conditions. This bill would require the Office of Planning and Research, on or before July 1, 2012, to prepare, develop, and transmit to the Natural Resources Agency, and the Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency, on or before January 1, 2013, to certify and adopt guidelines for statewide standards for infill projects that would promote specified goals and priorities. (4) CEQA limits its application, in the case of the approval of a subdivision map or a project that is consistent with the zoning or community plan for which an EIR was certified, to effects upon the environment that are peculiar to the parcel on which the project is located and were not addressed as significant effects in the EIR or if new information shows the effects upon the environment will be more significant than described in the prior EIR. This bill would similarly limit the application of CEQA in the case of the approval of an infill project, as defined, that satisfies all applicable statewide standards established in the guidelines under (3) above if an EIR was certified for a planning level decision, as defined. Because this bill would require a lead agency to determine whether a project qualifies under this provision, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. (5) Existing law authorizes a county and a city to agree upon a procedure for referral to, and comment by, the city or county concerning the other entity's proposals to adopt or amend all or part of a general or specific plan or zoning ordinance, as specified. This bill would make a technical, nonsubstantive change to this authorization. (6) Existing law vests the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission with the exclusive power to certify thermal powerplants. Under CEQA, the thermal powerplants certification process is a certified regulatory program and is therefore exempt from certain requirements under CEQA. The bill would provide that the thermal powerplants certification process would be applicable to owners of specified proposed solar thermal powerplants who are proposing to convert the facility from solar thermal technology to photovoltaic technology. (7) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

Bill Sponsors (5)

Joseph Simitian

  • Democratic
Author

Rubio

Coauthor

Henry Perea

  • Democratic
Coauthor

Jose Solorio

  • Democratic
Coauthor

Juan Vargas

  • Democratic
Author

Votes


Actions


Oct 04, 2011

California State Legislature

Approved by the Governor.

California State Legislature

Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 469, Statutes of 2011.

Sep 16, 2011

California State Legislature

Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.

Sep 09, 2011

Assembly

Read second time and amended. Ordered to second reading.

Senate

Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 22. Noes 11. Page 2478.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.

Senate

In Senate. Concurrence in Assembly amendments pending.

Assembly

Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 59. Noes 12. Page 3222.) Ordered to the Senate.

Assembly

Consent granted to take up without reference to file.

Sep 08, 2011

Assembly

From committee: Do pass as amended. (Ayes 12. Noes 0.) (September 8).

Assembly

Joint Rule 62(a) file notice suspended. (Page 3036.)

Sep 06, 2011

Assembly

From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Reading-2
  • Reading-1
  • Committee-Passage
  • Amendment-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Sep 01, 2011

Assembly

From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Reading-2
  • Reading-1
  • Committee-Passage
  • Amendment-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Aug 29, 2011

Assembly

Re-referred to Com. on APPR. pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.2.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR. pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.2.

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Aug 25, 2011

Assembly

From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 5. Noes 0.) (August 25).

Aug 23, 2011

Assembly

From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on AGRI.

  • Reading-2
  • Reading-1
  • Committee-Passage
  • Amendment-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on AGRI.

Aug 22, 2011

Assembly

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on AGRI. (Ayes 6. Noes 1.) (August 22). Re-referred to Com. on AGRI.

  • Referral-Committee
  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
Com. on AGRI.

Aug 17, 2011

Assembly

From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.

  • Reading-2
  • Reading-1
  • Committee-Passage
  • Amendment-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on NAT. RES.

Jul 14, 2011

Assembly

Re-referred to Coms. on NAT. RES. and AGRI. pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.2.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on NAT. RES. and AGRI. pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.2.

Assembly

Read third time and amended. (Page 2348.)

Assembly

Ordered to third reading.

Jul 11, 2011

Assembly

From consent calendar.

Assembly

Ordered to third reading.

Jul 07, 2011

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to consent calendar.

Jul 06, 2011

Assembly

From committee: Do pass. Ordered to consent calendar. (Ayes 16. Noes 0.) (July 6).

Jun 23, 2011

Assembly

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. with recommendation: To consent calendar. (Ayes 9. Noes 0.) (June 22). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Referral-Committee
  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
Com. on APPR.

Jun 14, 2011

Assembly

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on L. GOV. with recommendation: To consent calendar. (Ayes 9. Noes 0.) (June 13). Re-referred to Com. on L. GOV.

  • Referral-Committee
  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
Com. on L. GOV.

Apr 28, 2011

Assembly

Referred to Coms. on NAT. RES. and L. GOV.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on NAT. RES. and L. GOV.

Apr 14, 2011

Assembly

In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.

Senate

Read third time. Urgency clause adopted. Passed. (Ayes 36. Noes 0. Page 654.) Ordered to the Assembly.

Apr 12, 2011

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to consent calendar.

Apr 11, 2011

Senate

From committee: Be placed on second reading file pursuant to Senate Rule 28.8 and ordered to consent calendar.

Apr 01, 2011

Senate

Set for hearing April 11.

Mar 22, 2011

Senate

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. with recommendation: To consent calendar. (Ayes 5. Noes 0. Page 414.) (March 21). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Referral-Committee
  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
Com. on APPR.

Mar 10, 2011

Senate

Set for hearing March 21.

Feb 17, 2011

Senate

Referred to Com. on E.Q.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on E.Q.

Feb 10, 2011

Senate

From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 12.

Feb 09, 2011

Senate

Introduced. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
SB226 HTML
02/09/11 - Introduced PDF
07/14/11 - Amended Assembly PDF
08/17/11 - Amended Assembly PDF
08/23/11 - Amended Assembly PDF
09/01/11 - Amended Assembly PDF
09/06/11 - Amended Assembly PDF
09/09/11 - Amended Assembly PDF
09/14/11 - Enrolled PDF
10/04/11 - Chaptered PDF

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