California Heads Into the Next Decade With Over 100 New Environmental Laws
December 20, 2019
In 2019, the California Legislature had another busy year working on new environmental and natural resource bills. Governor Newsom signed over 100 new laws related to climate change and curtailing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, reducing reliance on fossil fuels, recycling, water quality and funding to support these efforts. Several new laws seek to combat federal roll backs of environmental protections. The Legislature did not pass and Gavin Newsom refused to sign certain pro-environmental bills, most notably, SB 1, the California Environmental, Public Health and Workers Defense Act of 2019, which would have kept intact 2017 requirements under several federal environmental statutes. Here we provide a brief summary of some of the new laws that will affect environmental and natural resource practitioners next year.
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