SACRAMENTO – The California Air Resources Board (CARB) issued a plan yesterday to extend California’s controversial cap-and-trade tax program beyond its December 31, 2020 expiration date. This plan bypasses the Legislature in order to avoid the legally required two-thirds vote needed to continue cap-and-trade.
As the Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee, Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has seen a parade of bills seeking to spend cap-and-trade’s proceeds. She issued the following statement:
“The California Air Resources Board’s push to extend a hidden tax without legislative approval is an illegal and brazen power grab. The nonpartisan Office of Legislative Counsel concluded earlier this year that the Board needs legislative action to further its agenda beyond what was already been authorized. I call upon my Senate and Assembly colleagues to fulfill their duty to represent the people and take back power from the unelected bureaucrats at CARB.”
The Legislative Counsel’s opinion can be read at this link.