October 10, 2011
Contact: Jenesse Miller, CLCV (510-844-0235)
California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) Applauds Governor Brown's Signature on Pro-Environment Bills
OAKLAND & LOS ANGELES, Calif. (October 10, 2011) – The California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV)—the political arm of the environmental movement in California—applauded Governor Jerry Brown’s decision to sign several important pro-environment bills into law over the weekend. The governor’s decisions on these bills come on the heels of signing other priority bills including those that protect babies and toddlers from a toxic chemical, help keep state parks open, and help protect shark populations—all environmental bills championed by CLCV.
“Dozens of environment, public health and environmental justice organizations worked with legislators, rallied their grassroots members and joined forces to help these and other bills become law,” said CLCV Chief Executive Officer Warner Chabot. “The question: ‘What do sharks, parks, and babies have in common?’ may sound like the start of a bad joke. But environmental advocates are smiling because while the governor has almost singularly focused on the state budget, he recognizes that a healthy, clean environment and a strong California economy go hand-in-hand—signing bills that will help protect babies, sharks and parks, establish a human right to clean water, transition our state to more use of clean, renewable energy, and much, much more.”
In addition to signing multiple pro-environment bills, Governor Brown signed a bill last week to allow online voter registration in California. CLCV supported the bill, SB 397 for its potential to foster more voter participation in the democratic process, which the organization believes will lead to even more critical gains for the state’s environment and public health.
Many of the bills signed by the governor will be included in CLCV’s upcoming California Environmental Scorecard, which rates the actions of every state legislator and the governor on the state’s environmental priorities each legislative year.
"With the governor’s signature on these bills, California’s environment, its public health and its people have scored several important victories in the 2011 legislative session,” said CLCV Board Chair Rick Zbur. “CLCV will continue to work closely with our allies in the legislature next year on pro-environment legislation, while also working to elect and re-elect environmental champions to the state Senate and Assembly in 2012. These leaders will be critical to the movement to build a greener California for future generations.”
“The governor’s decisions over the weekend to sign numerous pro-environment bills provide a silver lining to the dark cloud of a tough year for the environment, when radical anti-environment legislators at both the state and federal level tried to roll back common-sense health and safety protections and safeguards,” said Chabot. “Over the next 12 months, CLCV will focus our energy on key California elections where the conservation vote will make a difference between electing a friend or foe of environmental protection and progress.”
Pro-environment bills supported by CLCV and signed by Governor Brown in 2011 include:
AB 42 (Huffman): Helping Keep State Parks Open
AB 376 (Fong, Huffman): Ban on Sale & Possession of Shark Fins
AB 703 (Gordon): Preserving Tax Incentives for Open-Space and Parks
AB 1112 (Huffman): Oil Spill Prevention and Administration Fee
AB 1150 (V. Manuel Pérez): Self-Generation Incentive Program
AB 1221 (Alejo): Human Right to Clean Water
AB 1319 (Butler): Ban on Bisphenol-A in Baby Bottles & Sippy Cups
SB 2X (Simitian): Use of Renewable Energy
SB 397 (Yee): Online Voter Registration
SB 454 (Pavley): Energy Efficiency Standards Enforcement
About the California League of Conservation Voters
The political muscle of the environmental movement in America’s leading environmental state, the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) is the nation’s oldest grassroots environmental political action organization. CLCV uses sophisticated campaign tools to help elect pro-environment officials – and to hold them accountable for passing legislation to protect health, communities and the environment. CLCV publishes the annual California Environmental Scorecard, which rates the actions of every state legislator and the governor on the state’s environmental priorities each legislative year. For more information about CLCV, visit www.ecovote.org.