The 2019-2020 California Legislative Session has officially reached its first deadline. February 22, 2019 marked the deadline by which bills could be introduced for the first half of the Session. Lawmakers will begin Spring Recess April 12 and reconvene April 22. The last day for bills to be passed out of the house of origin is May 31, 2019.
Below is a list of some of the key bills Stoel Rives’ Oil & Gas Team will be monitoring throughout the Legislative Session.
AB 255 (Limòn, D) and SB 834 (Jackson, D): State lands: leasing: oil and gas.
Status: Introduced January 23, 2019; referred to Committee on Natural Resources February 7, 2019.
The Lempert-Keene-Seastrand Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act authorizes the administrator for oil spill response to offer grants to a local government with jurisdiction over or directly adjacent to waters of the state to provide oil spill response equipment to be deployed by a certified local spill response manager, as provided. This bill would provide that Native American tribes and other public entities are also eligible to receive those grants.
AB 353 (Muratsuchi, D): Oil and gas: Definitions: additive.
Status: Introduced February 4, 2019; awaiting referral.
Under current law, the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources in the Department of Conservation regulates the drilling, operation, maintenance, and abandonment of oil and gas wells in the state. Current law defines various terms for those purposes, including “additive.” This bill would make a non-substantive change to that definition. Continue Reading