2023 – Senate Bill 867 (Allen, Ben), Drought, Flood, and Water Resilience, Wildfire and Forest Resilience, Coastal Resilience, Extreme Heat Mitigation, Biodiversity and Nature-Based Climate Solutions, Climate Smart Agriculture (2-Year)
Enacts the Park Creation and Outdoor, Access, and Clean Energy Bond Act of 2024, which would authorize $15.5 billion in bonds, if approved by voters, at the March 5, 2024, statewide primary election. As related to CARB, the bond allocates $150 million to CARB, and requires CARB to consult with the California Natural Resources Agency and State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection to fund projects that provide long-term capital infrastructure to convert forest and other vegetative waste removed for wildfire mitigation to uses that maximize reductions in the greenhouse gas emissions, provide local air quality benefits, and increase local community resilience against climate change impacts. The bill also provides $500 million upon appropriation by the Legislature, to the California Energy Commission, in coordination with CARB, for grants to assist in obtaining, or as a match for, federal grants. Hearing postponed in the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources.