Proposition Summary

SUSPENDS IMPLEMENTATION OF AIR POLLUTION CONTROL LAW (AB 32) REQUIRING MAJOR SOURCES OF EMISSIONS TO REPORT AND REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS THAT CAUSE GLOBAL WARMING, UNTIL UNEMPLOYMENT DROPS TO 5.5 PERCENT OR LESS FOR FULL YEAR. INITIATIVE STATUTE. • Suspends State law that requires greenhouse gas emissions be reduced to 1990 levels by 2020, until California’s unemployment drops to 5.5 percent or less for four consecutive quarters. • Suspends comprehensive greenhouse-gas-reduction program that includes increased renewable energy and cleaner fuel requirements, and mandatory emissions reporting and fee requirements for major emissions sources such as power plants and oil refineries. Summary of Legislative Analyst’s Estimate of Net State and Local Government Fiscal Impact: • The suspension of AB 32 could result in a modest net increase in overall economic activity in the state. In this event, there would be an unknown but potentially significant net increase in state and local government revenues. • Potential loss of a new source of state revenues from the auctioning of emission allowances by state government to certain businesses that would pay for these allowances, by suspending the future implementation of cap-and-trade regulations. • Lower energy costs for state and local governments than otherwise.

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Health and Safety Code sec. 38600

For Author

KEVIN NIDA, President California State Firefighters’ Association JOHN KABATECK, Executive Director National Federation of Independent Business/California JON COUPAL, President Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Against Author

JANE WARNER, President American Lung Association in California LINDA ROSENSTOCK, M.D., Dean UCLA School of Public Health DAVID PACHECO, President AARP California

Rebuttal Author

LOU PAULSON, President California Professional Firefighters JANE WARNER, President American Lung Association in California DR. CHARLES D. KOLSTAD, Chairman Department of Economics, University of California-Santa Barbara

Rebuttal Against Author

BRAD MITZELFELT, Governing Board Member Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District J. ANDREW CALDWELL, Executive Director The Coalition of Labor, Agriculture & Business JAMES W. KELLOGG, International Representative United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry