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GOVERNOR SIGNS OUR PLASTIC BAG BILL

California is the first state to ban single-use plastic bags. When this law goes into effect in July 2015, we’ll take billions of plastic bags out of our environment. That means cleaner rivers and a safer future for sea turtles and other ocean wildlife.

News Release | Environment California

Two Big Pro-Solar Bills Advance Key California Legislative Committee

Two bills authored by California State Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis), which aim to expand the state’s solar market to more Californians, passed through the State Assembly’s Committee on Utilities and Commerce on Monday. Both bills have attracted broad sets of supporters, who are eager for the state to adopt solar programs that will reach new sets of customers, from farmers to apartment renters to businesses who lease their office spaces.

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News Release | Environment California

GOV BROWN TAKES STEPS TO REDUCE EXPOSURE TO TOXIC CHEMICALS

Sacramento, CA- Governor Brown directed the Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation to review its four decade old flammability standard and recommend changes that would protect consumers from dangerous chemicals. See the Governor’s full release here (http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=17598)

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

California Regulators Vote Unanimously to Expand World-class Solar Program

The California Public Utilities Commission voted 5-0 to expand California’s highly successful net energy metering program. This critical decision will enable more Californians to go solar, with the potential to add roughly two gigawatts worth of solar power—twice the amount currently installed on homes, schools, farms and businesses across the state.

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State Expands Solar Metering Program

"Today is a day that will shine bright in California history, bringing more jobs, cleaner air and a more secure energy future for all Californians," Michelle Kinman, clean energy advocate with Environment California Research & Policy Center, wrote in a news release.

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LOS ANGELES PROTECTS OUR OCEAN BY BANNING SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BAGS

Today, the Los Angeles City Council took a historic step by becoming the largest city in the nation to ban single-use plastic bags. With Angelenos living bag free, all eyes are on the state Legislature to ban plastic bags statewide.

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