The California legislature’s legislative session resumed yesterday! Here’s our latest list of bills we’re following and what you can expect in the next month:
- August 12: Legislature reconvened after summer break!
- August 30: Bills must pass out of Appropriations
- September 13: Final deadline for bills to be passed
Action #1 – “One word: Plastics. There’s a great future in plastics.”
We know a lot more about plastics than we did when “The Graduate” was being filmed in 1967. The future we’re envisioning now would phase out non-recyclable single-use plastic, drive massive reductions in California’s plastic footprint, and push companies to redesign packaging, creating a blueprint for the zero-waste future we need. If you haven’t heard about CA’s bills AB-1080/SB-54 – “California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act”, you can read about them here.
The plastics industry is ramping up efforts to kill the bill, so we need to pull out all the stops and remind legislators who they represent ahead of a crunch vote in the Assembly and Senate, as well as to send a strong message to Governor Newsom.
Minimal Script for assemblymembers: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Assemblymember [___] to vote “YES” on SB-54 California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act.
Minimal Script for state senators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Senator [___] to vote “YES” on AB-1080 – California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act.
Extra credit: For those who can make it to Sacramento on Wednesday, 8/21, you can sign up to become part of a day of action regarding these bills. RSVP here. Join a show of strength at a press conference outside the State Capitol and then help deliver messages by calling on legislators to support SB 54 and AB 1080! More details on their Facebook page here.
(Contact information for legislators after Action #2 below)