SB 244

  • California Senate Bill
  • 2021-2022 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate Jan 21, 2021
  • Passed Senate Jun 01, 2021
  • Passed Assembly Sep 02, 2021
  • Governor

Lithium-ion batteries: illegal disposal: fire prevention.

Abstract

The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Act of 2006 requires every retailer, as defined, to have in place a system for the acceptance and collection of used rechargeable batteries, defined to include lithium-ion batteries, for reuse, recycling, or proper disposal. The act requires the system for the acceptance and collection of used rechargeable batteries to include, at a minimum, specified elements, including, among others, the take-back of a used rechargeable battery at no cost to the consumer. The hazardous waste control laws, among other things, authorize the Department of Toxic Substances Control to regulate the generation and disposal of hazardous waste. Existing law prohibits a person from intentionally disposing of or causing the disposal of a hazardous or extremely hazardous waste at a point not authorized by the hazardous waste control laws, as provided. Under existing department-adopted regulations, specified hazardous wastes, including certain batteries, are designated as "universal waste" and are regulated separately pursuant to universal waste management provisions. This bill would prohibit a person from knowingly disposing of a lithium-ion battery in a container or receptacle that is intended for the collection of solid waste or recyclable materials, unless the container or receptacle is designated for the collection of batteries for recycling pursuant to specified laws. The bill would require the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, on or before July 1, 2024, and in consultation with the Department of Toxic Substances Control, to develop a guidance document for use by local governments to better inform, educate, and increase public awareness regarding the proper handling and disposal of lithium-ion batteries and products that contain lithium-ion batteries, as provided. The bill would authorize the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, in carrying out that requirement, to solicit and use any expertise available in other state agencies and would authorize the department to convene a specified working group to advise on the content, development, and promotion of the guidance document. The bill would require the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, before January 1, 2023, in consultation with relevant state agencies and stakeholders, to develop a model protocol that identifies best practices for the detection, safe handling, and suppression of fires that originate from discarded lithium-ion batteries or products that contain lithium-ion batteries on or in solid waste or recycling collection vehicles, transfer or processing stations, or disposal facilities, as provided. The bill would require a solid waste enterprise, before July 1, 2023, after consulting with the county fire marshal of every county in which the solid waste enterprise conducts solid waste collection operations, to adopt, or update if necessary, a protocol and arrange any necessary training for relevant employees that identifies procedures to follow under those same circumstances. By imposing new duties on county fire marshals, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. 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, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

Bill Sponsors (8)

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Oct 07, 2021

Senate

Vetoed by the Governor.

Senate

In Senate. Consideration of Governor's veto pending.

Sep 09, 2021

California State Legislature

Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 1 p.m.

Sep 03, 2021

Senate

Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 38. Noes 0. Page 2384.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.

Sep 02, 2021

Senate

In Senate. Concurrence in Assembly amendments pending.

Assembly

Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 76. Noes 0. Page 2699.) Ordered to the Senate.

Aug 31, 2021

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Aug 30, 2021

Assembly

Read second time and amended. Ordered to second reading.

Aug 26, 2021

Assembly

From committee: Do pass as amended. (Ayes 12. Noes 0.) (August 26).

Aug 19, 2021

Assembly

August 19 set for first hearing. Placed on suspense file.

Jul 07, 2021

Assembly

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. with recommendation: To consent calendar. (Ayes 11. Noes 0.) (July 7). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

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

Jun 16, 2021

Assembly

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on NAT. RES. with recommendation: To consent calendar. (Ayes 9. Noes 0.) (June 16). Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on NAT. RES.

Jun 10, 2021

Assembly

Referred to Coms. on E.S. & T.M. and NAT. RES.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on E.S. & T.M. and NAT. RES.

Jun 02, 2021

Assembly

In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.

Jun 01, 2021

Senate

Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 39. Noes 0. Page 1342.) Ordered to the Assembly.

May 24, 2021

Senate

Ordered to special consent calendar.

May 20, 2021

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Senate

From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 7. Noes 0. Page 1184.) (May 20).

May 14, 2021

Senate

Set for hearing May 20.

May 10, 2021

Senate

May 10 hearing: Placed on APPR suspense file.

Apr 30, 2021

Senate

Set for hearing May 10.

Apr 27, 2021

Senate

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR with recommendation: To consent calendar. (Ayes 9. Noes 0. Page 938.) (April 27). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

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

Mar 25, 2021

Senate

Set for hearing April 27.

Mar 16, 2021

Senate

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on N.R. & W. with recommendation: To consent calendar. (Ayes 7. Noes 0. Page 500.) (March 15). Re-referred to Com. on N.R. & W.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on N.R. & W.

Mar 03, 2021

Senate

Set for hearing March 15.

Feb 03, 2021

Senate

Referred to Coms. on EQ. and N.R. & W.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on EQ. and N.R. & W.

Jan 22, 2021

Senate

From printer. May be acted upon on or after February 21.

Jan 21, 2021

Senate

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

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
SB244 HTML
01/21/21 - Introduced PDF
08/30/21 - Amended Assembly PDF
09/07/21 - Enrolled PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
03/12/21- Senate Environmental Quality PDF
04/22/21- Senate Natural Resources and Water PDF
05/07/21- Senate Appropriations PDF
05/22/21- Sen. Floor Analyses PDF
06/11/21- Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials PDF
07/05/21- Assembly Natural Resources PDF
08/16/21- Assembly Appropriations PDF
08/31/21- ASSEMBLY FLOOR ANALYSIS PDF
09/02/21- Sen. Floor Analyses PDF
10/20/21- Sen. Floor Analyses PDF

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