From renewable energy to state parks and even recycling, California lawmakers sent several measures Thursday.
The Assembly unanimously approved a bill that could help some of the 70 state parks slated for closure remain open. The measure by Democrat Jared Huffman would give qualified non-profit organizations the opportunity to operate parks that might otherwise be closed. Another Huffman bill also passed without a “no” vote. It would give financial incentives to industrial energy customers like cement plants that invest in clean energy projects on site.
A measure requiring owners of apartment buildings with five or more units to provide recycling services was more contentious. The bill by Democrat Bob Blumenfield passed the Assembly on a 48-to-23 vote.
And attempts to stiffen penalties for two crimes passed overwhelmingly – a Senate measure on cockfighting and an Assembly bill on child exploitation.
All bills now move to committee hearings in the opposite house.