MOORLACH UPDATE — Bad News/Good News — July 18, 2017

I have bad news and I have good news. Let’s start with the bad news. Last evening, both chambers of the state legislature voted to approve AB 398, the Cap and Tax extension bill. It passed thanks to the votes from the majority party, with a few Republican votes (very few) thrown in.

This is another Governor-Brown-cram-down, rushed through with the knowledge that the monopoly party would deliver the votes. Now, time will tell who is more prescient about the ramifications. Will California prove to the world that you can tax your way out of carbon dioxide? Or will it damage the state’s economy enough to push it ahead of other failing states, like Illinois or Connecticut, to insolvency?

All I can say, with such a short and hurried time line, we did our best to engage in the debate (see MOORLACH UPDATE — Cap and Trade — July 14, 2017
july 14, 2017 john moorlach). Only one Democrat rose to defend AB 398 yesterday afternoon, so I decided to jump in on the Senate Floor anyway, and shared my thoughts on a real threat to California: fiscal solvency (see

CBS Sacramento provides its perspective in the first piece below. The Associated Press had its world famous photographer, Rich Pedroncelli, on the Floor and he caught me listening during the discussion. My seat mate is Senator Andy Vidak. It’s the second piece below.

Now for the good news. Even with my opposition to his climate change agenda, the Governor signed three of my bills last evening. Thank you, Governor Brown.
The Highland Community News provides the Governor’s press release in the third piece below. For a refresher, here are the helpful links:

SB 665 — See MOORLACH UPDATE — SB 2: Another Tax! — July 7, 2017 july 7, 2017 john moorlach

SB 671 — MOORLACH UPDATE — SB 671/Prepayment — May 14, 2017 may 14, 2017 john moorlach, MOORLACH UPDATE — District Events — May 13, 2017 may 13, 2017 john moorlach, MOORLACH UPDATE — Snubbing — May 10, 2017 may 10, 2017 john moorlach, and MOORLACH UPDATE — Repealing the Cap — May 7, 2017 may 7, 2017 john moorlach.

SB 742 — MOORLACH UPDATE — SB 2: Another Tax! — July 7, 2017 july 7, 2017 john moorlach, MOORLACH UPDATE — Legislative Efforts — June 29, 2017 june 29, 2017 john moorlach, and MOORLACH UPDATE — PACE and HERO — April 30, 2017 april 30, 2017 john moorlach.

California Cap And Trade Bill Passes Legislature With Republican Support

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — California legislators passed an extension of the state’s program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on Monday night, sending the bill to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk.

The bill was supported by one Republican senator and seven Republican Assembly members, which were needed to narrowly pass the legislation in both houses.

“That’s why we have Republicans voting here. That’s why we’re all here, Democrats and Republicans because we have a path forward,” said Brown in a news conference following the assembly vote.

He called Assembly Bill 398 a “durable foundation moving forward” and a way to “cut costs and cut emissions.”

The “cap and trade” bill requires companies to buy permits to release greenhouse gas emissions. The new legislation would keep it operating until 2030.

Supporters say it will move the state closer to lower emissions goals and set the stage for the world to follow. There are also protections for rural communities and areas with high unemployment and poverty.

“This is a huge win for all Californians,” said state Senate Pro Tem Kevin De Leon, “the world is watching.”

De Leon said the bill was “not perfect” during his comments on the Senate floor. He continued saying, “we shouldn’t let perfect stand in the way of good.”

Opponents of the bill worry the financial burden of potentially rising energy costs could hurt all Californians.

“We continue to put pressure on poor people in California on the middle class, and we need to figure out other ways to address environmental concerns in California,” said Sen. Ted Gains.

Other Republicans chimed in on social media.

Sen. John Moorlach tweeting, “I don’t understand how addressing a minor change in temperature 100 years from now should rest primarily on CA taxpayers #capandtrade”

The California Environmental Justice Alliance also opposes the bill. The group stated the bill would “undermine the state’s ability to achieve California’s greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.”

The statement continued “we are deeply concerned about the role Big Oil has played in drafting this legislation behind closed doors.”

Governor Brown finished his remarks late Monday night saying CO2 emissions are “not a local issue. They’re a global issue.” He called on California to be the example for the rest of the world.

Drew Bollea

State Sen. John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, left, listens as lawmakers debate a climate change bill, Monday, July 17, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Senate approved Assembly Bill 398, a bill to extend California’s cap-and-trade bill, and sent it to the Assembly for a final vote.

Governor Brown Issues Legislative Update

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that he has signed the following bills:

AB 212 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) – California Victim Compensation Board: claims.

AB 321 by Assemblymember Devon J. Mathis (R-Visalia) – Groundwater sustainability agencies.

AB 323 by Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park) – CalFresh: emergency food provider referrals.

AB 1460 by Assemblymember Matthew M. Dababneh (D-Encino) – Licensees: fiduciary funds.

AB 1492 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) – State claims.

SB 141 by Senator Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove) – Personal income taxes: exclusion: loan discharge.

SB 240 by Senator Bill Dodd (D-Davis) – County service areas: farmworker housing: County of Napa.

SB 324 by Senator Richard Roth (D-Riverside) – Public officers: custodial officers.

SB 610 by Senator Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove) – Wrongful concealment: statute of limitations.

SB 665 by Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) – Elections: ballot measures.

SB 671 by Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) – County employees’ retirement: retirement funds: transfers.

SB 742 by Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) – City treasurers.

The Governor also announced that he has vetoed the following bill:

SB 341 by Senator Scott T. Wilk (R-Lancaster) – School bonds: citizens’ oversight committee: member terms. A veto message can be found here.

For full text of the bills, visit:

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