Governor signs Environmental Quality Committee bill to modernize air districts' communications with the public

June 28, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Governor Brown today signed a bill by the Senate Environmental Quality Committee to modernize the way local air districts notify the public about hearings, workshops, and other information and events.  SB 1502 was approved by the Legislature without opposition before going to the Governor.

“SB 1502 modernizes the notification process by allowing local air districts to send public notices electronically or by mail depending on the preference of the individual’s desired form of communication,” said Senator Bob Wieckowski, chair of the Environmental Quality Committee. “This is a common-sense change that will improve communications and reduce costs.”

The bill allows local air districts to publish hearing notices on its websites, while not eliminating any other existing notice requirements. Notices about workshops, hearings and other activities are included.  It also allows the districts to send mail or email notifications regarding certain emissions sources near schools to individuals per their preferred form of communication.

Local air districts have the primary responsibility for control of air pollution from all sources, other than emissions from motor vehicles.

“SB 1502 helps us achieve our goal of increasing public awareness of and participation in our work to improve air quality,” said Jack P. Broadbent, executive officer of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.  “It’s smart policy that makes sense in the modern era, and we appreciate the Environmental Quality Committee’s authoring it.”

Senator Wieckowski represents the 10th District, which includes southern Alameda County and parts of Santa Clara County.