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Dear representative,

Please support AB 841 and AB 326 to improve the quality of our environment. AB 841 improves the energy efficiency and healthy spaces in our school buildings. This bill also adds good, clean jobs to install charging stations throughout the state. AB 326 lowers the initial cost to lease electric cars and improves the car shopping experience by enabling leasing direct from the manufacturer on a month-to-month basis.

—– The next paragraph is for calls to CA Senators ONLY, since AB 3214 already passed in the Assembly.—

* Protecting the environment from the catastrophic impact of oil spills requires strong deterrence. AB 3214 will double the current fines for spills and failure to clean spills, creating stronger pressure on oil companies to invest in proper preventative measures.*

—-Add a personal statement about how these issues affect you–

* Please support these bills and vote “YES”. Thank you.*

ACTION: Please take action on 3 bills in the California legislature by phoning your representatives. Assembly Bill 841 and Assembly Bill 326 both support the transition to a cleaner environment and support a robust economy with less reliance on fossil fuel. The bills improve environmental quality by providing greener school buildings, adding electric vehicle charging stations, training installers and reducing the upfront costs to lease electric vehicles. AB 3214 increases fines related to oil discharges or spills and fines for failure to clean up spills.

CALL as soon as possible (before Monday, August 31, 2020) Senator Nancy Skinner - (916) 651-4009 Assembly member: Buffy Wicks - (916) 319-2015 If outside this area, you can find your representatives at http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/

The first two bills (AB 841 and AB 326) have less than a week to get off of the senate floor, move to the assembly, get through committees, and pass the assembly floor. Call your CA State Assembly member and CA Senator to urge support. AB 3214 was passed in the CA Assembly in June 2020 and is currently in the CA Senate. Call your Senator.

SCRIPT suggested for phone call Dear representative, Please support AB 841 and AB 326 to improve the quality of our environment. AB 841 improves the energy efficiency and healthy spaces in our school buildings. This bill also adds good, clean jobs to install charging stations throughout the state.
AB 326 lowers the initial cost to lease electric cars and improves the car shopping experience by enabling leasing direct from the manufacturer on a month-to-month basis. —– The next paragraph is for calls to CA Senators ONLY, since AB 3214 already passed in the Assembly.— *** Protecting the environment from the catastrophic impact of oil spills requires strong deterrence. AB 3214 will double the current fines for spills and failure to clean spills, creating stronger pressure on oil companies to invest in proper preventative measures.***

----Add a personal statement about how these issues affect you--

*** Please support these bills and vote “YES”. Thank you.***

KEY PROVISIONS Here are AB 841’s key provisions.

  • Public schools will get some unused public dollars that have been set aside for energy efficiency. Funds must be used to fix ancient plumbing problems and replace inefficient and polluting heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

  • AB 841 will accelerate the process for utilities to install electric vehicle charging stations around the state. Also, good training is required for the installers.

    AB 326 has the support of environmental groups and major consumer groups. The bill is sponsored by a California electric vehicle manufacturer, Canoo.

    Because the bill bypasses dealerships, consumers will sidestep dealers who have been known to engage in predatory lending practices or create obstacles for consumers. The bill will accelerate electric vehicle use, especially by people who want to try the vehicles before making a final decision. People with modest incomes can make the switch to electric vehicles sooner.

  • The bill’s result will be healthier schools, less water waste, reduced electricity demand, less air pollution from power plants, less tailpipe pollution from cars and trucks and good jobs.

    A second bill, AB 326, will lower the up-front costs to lease electric cars, greatly easing the transition from gasoline powered cars to electric vehicles.

    • The bill will allow electric vehicle manufacturers to lease month-to-month directly to consumers.

    • The bill is packed with consumer protections, including some that exceed protections in current law.

    • AB 326 allows consumers to start driving an electric vehicle without a big down-payment or long-term lease.

      The third bill, AB 3214, imposes higher fines related to knowingly spilling or discharging oil. Oil companies oppose higher penalties to avoid the consequences of lax precautions, cheap equipment and lower standards of maintenance. These bills set higher penalties for failing to protect our environment and our people.

      • AB 3214 doubles the financial penalty allowed for the knowing discharge or spill of oil into state waters. Existing law makes it a felony punishable by a fine of not less than $5,000 or more than $500,000 for each day a violation occurs.

      • This bill doubles the minimum and maximum fines for the knowing failure to clean up spills and discharges, for failure to notify the Office of Emergency Services or for failure to follow a spill contingency plan. Existing law makes it a felony punishable by a fine of not less than $2,500 or more than $250,000 for each day a violation occurs for a first conviction, and, for a 2nd conviction, by a fine of not less than $5,000 or more than $500,000 for each day a violation occurs.

      • Additional fines can be imposed based on the quantity of oil spilled or left without cleanup or notification. Fines related to quantity are allowed up to a maximum of $1,000 per gallon spilled in excess of 1,000 gallons of oil.