SB 459: Tackling railroad emissions

 
CLCV Supported
Passed Senate in 2005 (not scored)
Failed Assembly 24-42 (8/30/06)

According to the South Coast Air Quality Management District, NOx pollution (which forms smog) from railroad operations in southern California exceeds the emissions from 350 of the largest oil refineries, power plants, chemical plants and other industrial facilities combined — and rail traffic in southern California is expected to triple over the next twenty years. Railroads, though, are regulated mainly by the federal government, which has failed to crack down on these pollution sources. SB 459 (Romero) would have allowed the South Coast AQMD to impose an emissions fee on railroads in southern California to fund measures to mitigate the impact of railroad emissions.

Issue: 
Air Quality
Issue: 
Transportation

No Senate action was taken on this item.

Assemblymember Party Vote
Greg Aghazarian R
Bad
Bad
Juan Arambula I
Bad
Bad
Joe Baca, Jr. D
Bad
Bad
Karen Bass D
Good
Good
John Benoit R
Bad
Bad
Patty Berg D
Good
Good
Rudy Bermúdez D
Good
Good
Sam Blakeslee R
Bad
Bad
Russ Bogh R
Bad
Bad
Ron Calderon D
Good
Good
Joe Canciamilla D
Bad
Bad
Wilma Chan D
Good
Good
Ed Chavez D
Bad
Bad
Judy Chu D
Good
Good
Dave Cogdill R
Bad
Bad
Rebecca Cohn D
Bad
Bad
Joe Coto D
Bad
Bad
Lynn Daucher R
Bad
Bad
Hector De La Torre D
Bad
Bad
Chuck DeVore R
Bad
Bad
Mervyn Dymally D
Good
Good
Bill Emmerson R
Bad
Bad
Noreen Evans D
Good
Good
Dario Frommer D
Bad
Bad
Bonnie Garcia R
Bad
Bad
Jackie Goldberg D
Good
Good
Loni Hancock D
Good
Good
Ray Haynes R
Bad
Bad
Jerome Horton D
Bad
Bad
Shirley Horton R
Bad
Bad
Guy Houston R
Bad
Bad
Bob Huff R
Bad
Bad
Dave Jones D
Good
Good
Betty Karnette D
Bad
Bad
Rick Keene R
Bad
Bad
Johan Klehs D
Good
Good
Paul Koretz D
Good
Good
Jay La Suer R
Bad
Bad
John Laird D
Good
Good
Doug LaMalfa R
Bad
Bad
Mark Leno D
Good
Good
Tim Leslie R
Bad
Bad
Lloyd Levine D
Good
Good
Sally Lieber D
Good
Good
Ted Lieu D
Bad
Bad
Carol Liu D
Bad
Bad
Barbara Matthews D
Bad
Bad
Bill Maze R
Bad
Bad
Kevin McCarthy R
Bad
Bad
Cindy Montañez D
Good
Good
Dennis Mountjoy R
Bad
Bad
Gene Mullin D
Good
Good
Alan Nakanishi R
Bad
Bad
Joe Nation D
Good
Good
Pedro Nava D
Bad
Bad
Gloria Negrete McLeod D
Bad
Bad
Roger Niello R
Bad
Bad
Fabian Núñez D
Bad
Bad
Jenny Oropeza D
Good
Good
Nicole Parra D
Bad
Bad
Fran Pavley D
Good
Good
George Plescia R
Bad
Bad
Keith Richman R
Bad
Bad
Mark Ridley-Thomas D
Bad
Bad
George Runner R
Bad
Bad
Ira Ruskin D
Good
Good
Lori Saldaña D
Good
Good
Simón Salinas D
Bad
Bad
Todd Spitzer R
Bad
Bad
Audra Strickland R
Bad
Bad
Alberto Torrico D
Bad
Bad
Van Tran R
Bad
Bad
Tom Umberg D
Bad
Bad
Juan Vargas D
Bad
Bad
Mike Villines R
Bad
Bad
Mimi Walters R
Bad
Bad
Lois Wolk D
Bad
Bad
Mark Wyland R
Bad
Bad
Leland Yee D
Bad
Bad

This item did not end up on the Governor's desk; therefore, he could not sign or veto it.

 
 
 

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