California legislators focus on climate, immigration, roads – California News

California legislators focus on climate, immigration, roads – California News



SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s Democratically-controlled Legislature kicked off 2017 pledging to stand strong against Republican President Donald Trump and pursue a liberal slate of policies on everything from climate change to health care.

They headed home Friday for the year having reauthorized a major climate change-fighting initiative and hiking taxes to pay for road and bridge repairs. But a proposal to provide universal health care coverage for Californians fell by the wayside.

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown has until Oct. 15 to sign legislation.

Here’s a look at what lawmakers did — or didn’t do — this year.


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ENVIRONMENT

Lawmakers gave another decade of life to California’s cap-and-trade program, the centerpiece of the state’s effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

The measure passed with bipartisan support, ultimately costing Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes his job following an insurrection from party activists. Environmental justice groups, meanwhile, argued it was too generous to oil companies. They weren’t mollified by companion legislation to address toxic air around oil refineries.

Cap and trade puts limit on carbon emissions and requires polluters to obtain permits to release greenhouse gases under the cap. Some permits are auctioned off, providing billions of dollars in state revenue. Lawmakers voted to spend $1.5 billion of that money on electric vehicle rebates, cleaner trucks and buses and other initiatives to reduce pollution.

ROAD REPAIRS — AND A TAX HIKE

After years of failed attempts to address much-needed road repairs across California, lawmakers voted to…

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