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AB 2449 Eases Rules On Remote Meetings Under Brown Act—But In A Complex Manner

On September 13, 2022, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 2449 (“AB 2449”) to modernize existing teleconferencing requirements under the Brown Act by allowing less than a quorum of a legislative body to attend meetings remotely without posting their location and removing the requirement for public participation in a nonpublic location, provided certain requirements are met.  AB 2449 becomes effective Jan. 1, 2023.

AB 2221- California's New Housing Law Aims to Turbocharge ADU Construction

AB 2221 – CALIFORNIA’S NEW HOUSING LAW AIMS TO TURBOCHARGE ADU CONSTRUCTION

On September 28, 2022, Governor Newsom signed into law AB 2221, further streamlining the permitting process and construction regulations for Accessory Dwelling Units, or ADUs.  AB 2221 is part of a flurry of new state laws passed this legislative session aiming to increase housing production.

Solid Waste Procurement Under SB 1383: Extended For Compliance

Most local governments have been tasked with the implementation of Senate Bill (SB) 1383, which calls for the most dramatic changes in solid waste and recycling laws in at least the last 30 years. As part of SB 1383’s regulations—as enforced by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)—cities must procure recycled organic products.

New Law Limits Local Control Over Cannabis Deliveries

On September 18, 2022, Governor Newsom signed SB 1186. The bill enacts the Medicinal Cannabis Patients’ Right of Access Act (“Act”) into law, operative January 1, 2024. Previously, at least one court had observed that local agencies have statutory authority to prohibit cannabis deliveries, even if the delivery business is state-licensed. This Act substantially closes that gap as applicable to medicinal cannabis.

EPA Publishes Proposed Rule to Designate PFOA and PFOS as Hazardous Under CERCLA

On September 6, 2022, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published its proposed rule designating two of the most widely used per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), also known as “Superfund.”  PFOA and PFOS had been widely used in many products, including fire-fighting foam, non-stick cookware and food packaging.

 

Legislature Passes Bills to Allow Residential Development in Commercial Zones, Bills Await Governor's Signature

On August 29, 2022, the California legislature passed Senate Bill 6 and Assembly Bill 2011. They now await potential signature by the Governor. Each of these bills would allow the development of housing projects in zones where “office, retail, or parking are a principally permitted use” (essentially, commercial zones) without rezoning, subject to certain requirements. Developers would have the option of proceeding under SB 6 or AB 2011, and would only be subject to the requirements of one or the other.

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