September 8th, 2016, (Los Angeles, CA) - Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) joined with Governor Brown, Speaker Anthony Rendon, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leo, Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella), and Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), the authors of California's latest groundbreaking efforts to further our state's Climate Change reduction goals and activities, on Thursday, September 8th, 2016 at the Vista Hermosa National Park located in the 51st Assembly District, for a ceremony to sign these bills into law.
Gomez was a principal coauthor of AB 197 (E. Garcia), the Climate Equity and Transparency Act, and Sen. Pavley authored Senate Bill 32, to extend California’s landmark emissions reduction goals, both of which the Governor signed into law at the event. “Environmental policy is also community policy. We are going to help every part of our state, poor and not, with the necessary resources they need to combat climate change and to make sure they have clean air and clean water,” said Assemblymember Gomez. AB 197 also creates a standing joint legislative committee on climate change to oversee activities at the California Air Resources Board. This law was designed to reach all of the state’s communities, especially disadvantaged communities that are seriously harmed by the impact of climate change.
Other legislators who played leadership roles in the passage of these bills were also in attendance at the historic bill signing. They included Assemblymembers Matt Dababneh (D-Encino), Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr. (D-Los Angeles), Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), and Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens). Watch this Assembly Access video to hear more from Assemblymember Gomez.