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Another climate bill falters in California

State Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, displays an advertisement used against her 2006 greenhouse gas measure during a news conference on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in Sacramento, Calif.
State Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, displays an advertisement used against her 2006 greenhouse gas measure during a news conference on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in Sacramento, Calif. AP

One day after Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers abandoned a proposal to curtail petroleum use in motor vehicles, another major climate bill fell in California on Thursday.

Senate Bill 32, which sought to dramatically increase California’s greenhouse gas reduction targets, will not get another vote in the Assembly before the legislative session ends this week, the bill’s author, Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, said.

She said in a prepared statement that the Assembly and the Brown administration “were not supportive, for now, and we could not pass this important proposal.”

She said she would try again to pass the bill next year.

Brown spokesman Gareth Lacy said in an email that the administration supported Senate Bill 32 as it was originally proposed, but objected to amendments to curtail authority of the California Air Resources Board. Those amendments, he said, “could have weakened the state’s existing ability to fight climate change. We can’t trade what is already being done to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to get a new bill.”

The announcement of SB 32’s stalling came after resistance from moderate Democrats in the Assembly forced Senate leaders to abandon a measure to reduce petroleum use in California.

Pavley’s companion measure, Senate Bill 32, sought to increase California’s emission reduction target to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. It would have expanded upon Assembly Bill 32, the landmark 2006 law requiring California to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

The bill passed the Senate but stalled earlier this week in the lower house, with many Democrats withholding their votes or opposing the bill.

David Siders: 916-321-1215, @davidsiders

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