PCL has always been a strong presence at the State Capitol. We are constantly monitoring, supporting, or opposing bills related to land use, transportation, housing, water, and CEQA. Below you can see some of our accomplishments over the last 5 years.


Positive policy bills PCL has worked to pass.


SB 224 (Jackson) 2018 – Eliminates a loophole in state law that allows project proponents to avoid environmental review by undertaking unauthorized or illegal work before the CEQA process is initiated.

SB 122 (Jackson) 2016 – Would allow concurrent preparation of the administrative record and require the electronic posting of all notices and environmental documents in a state database.

AB 380 (Dickinson) 2014 – Created a single notice posting system for CEQA notices.


AB 686 (Santiago) 2018 – Would require a public agency to administer its programs and activities relating to housing and community development in a manner to affirmatively further fair housing, and to not take any action that is inconsistent with this obligation.

AB 1505 (Bloom) 2017 – Ensures that local inclusionary housing ordinances extend to rental housing.

SB 2 (Atkins) 2017 – Establishes a long-sought-after permanent source of funding for affordable housing.

SB 3 (Beall) 2017 – A bond for the 2018 ballot for further affordable housing funding

Land Use

SB 50 (Allen) 2017 – Imposes restrictions on the privatization of federal lands.


AB 1568 (Bloom) 2017 –  Establishes a unique voluntary “enhanced infrastructure finance district” program for use by jurisdictions to fund affordable infill housing and associated infrastructure as part of the Neighborhood Infill Finance and Transit Improvements Act (NIFTI 1).


AB 1215 (Hertzberg) 2018 – Consolidation and extension of wastewater services to communities lacking adequate service.

AB 2501 (Chu) 2018 – Extension of Municipal water service to disadvantaged communities lacking services.

AB 2975 (Friedman) 2018 – If a Federal “wild and scenic” designation is taken from a California waterway, the bill provides direction for the wild and scenic designation to be recognized by California state law.

SB 5 (De Leon) 2017 – Funding bond provides $1 billion for clean water programs, $600 million for local parks, $500 million for flood protection, and $400 million for climate adaptation projects, with the remaining $500 million for a variety of natural resource projects.

AB 2104 (Gonzalez) 2014 – Closes a loophole allowing Homeowners Associations to penalize homeowners for having drought-tolerant plants in place of lawns.

SB 103 (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review) 2014 – Amends the 2013 Budget Act to include funding for addressing drought conditions in California.

SB 104 (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review) 2014 – Helps to speed up existing funding for drought relief activities, including conservation, recycling, stormwater capture, and assistance to disadvantaged communities.

SB 985 (Pavley) 2014 – Promotes stormwater as a water resource, rather than a waste product.

AB 685 (Eng) 2012 – Declares that it is the policy of the state that every human being has the right to safe, clean, affordable, and accessible water adequate for human consumption, cooking, and sanitary purposes.

AB 1750 (Solorio) 2012 – Rainwater Capture Act of 2012, would authorize and encourage Californians to capture rainwater off their roofs for nonpotable purposes, such as landscaping.

Climate Change

SB 1035 (Jackson) 2018 – Requires General Plan Safety elements to include fire, flood and climate adaptation, and resiliency strategies.

SB 1072 (Leyva) 2018 – Establishes regional Climate Collaborative to create or enhance local capacity to apply for climate funding and other state program grants.


Bad policy bills PCL has worked to stop.


AB 2279 (Fong) 2018 – Limits injunctions for housing projects

AB 2856 (Melendez) 2018 – Limits injunctions for housing projects.

AB 3027 (Chavez) 2018 – Very problematic limitation on who can receive attorney’s fees.

AB 3099 (Santiago) 2018 – Reduces the statute of limitations for CEQA actions

SB 1052 (Bates) 2018 – Requires disclosure of any contributor of $100 or more to a CEQA plaintiff.

SB 1340 (Glazer) 2018 – Prohibits injunctions of approved housing projects

SB 1341 (Glazer) 2018 – Sister to 1340, almost the same.

AB 1849 (Logue) 2014 – Exempts levee maintenance, repair, and replacement from CEQA requirenments.

AB 2353 (Waldron) 2014 – Exempts the expansion or replacement of existing surface storage facilities from CEQA requirements.

AB 2417 (Nazarian) 2014 – Exempts every new recycled water pipeline under 8 miles in length from CEQA requirements.

SB 834 (Huff) 2014 – Would exempt manufacturing facilities from complying with CEQA to retool their plants.


AB 2919 (Frazier) 2018 – Caltrans can get permits approved after two years.

SBX1 11 (Berryhill) 2016 – Would vastly expand an existing major road maintenance exemption to encompass all road maintenance, repair and minor alterations by local and state agencies.


AB 313 (Gray) 2018 – Would have restricted authority of the State Water Resources Control Board and posed a terrible precedent for the powers of other state agencies.

AB 2545 (Gallagher) 2018 – Would redefine “stream” as only those that support aquatic life, allowing for damming/filling of those that do not.

AB 1983 (Gray) 2014 – Undermines water conservation and lacks critical protections for tenants.

Climate Change

AB 425 (Caballero) 2018 – Would cause a dramatic increase in commercial logging exempt from environmental review.

AB 2896 (Kiley) 2018 – Mandates publicly funded brush removal near private property, regardless of local/state specific plans