Western United Dairymen has a long and distinguished history of advocating for California’s dairy families in Sacramento and Washington DC. WUD represents its members’ interests on state and federal legislation which has a profound impact on dairy families. WUD is proud of its record of legislative and regulatory accomplishments.
WUD is focusing a majority of its legislative efforts in the Spring and Summer of 2016 on two major pieces of highly politically charged legislation: AB 2757, Elimination of Ag Overtime (10 hour day) Overtime Chart, AB 2757 Opposition Letter and SB 1383, Mandatory Reduction of Short Lived Climate Pollutants (Mandatory Methane Reduction).
Authored by Lorena Gonzalez (D-Oceanside), AB 2757 seeks to eliminate the 10 hour work week not just for agriculture, but for many business sectors. WUD is actively opposing this legislation (see attached opposition letter). If you would like to provide critical support in opposing this legislation, please contact the following legislators, who will ultimately decide is this bill passes –or NOT, out of the Assembly in the summer of 2016
- Cheryl Brown – Riverside County (916) 319-2047
- Ken Cooley – Sacramento County (916) 319-2008
- Jim Cooper – Sacramento and San Joaquin Counties (916) 319-2009
- Bill Dodd – Colusa, Lake, Napa, Sonoma, Yolo (916) 319-2004
- Susan Eggman – San Joaquin County (916) 319-2013
- Eddy (Eduardo) Garcia – Riverside and Imperial (916) 319-2056
- Adam Gray – Merced, Stanislaus (916) 319-2021
- Marc Levine – Sonoma, Marin (916) 319-2010
- Fred Rodriguez – Riverside (916) 319-2052
- Rudy Salas – Kern, Kings (916) 319-2032
- Jim Wood – North Coast (916) 319-2002
Authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), this legislation seeks to allow the CA Air Resources Board regulatory authority over short lived climate pollutants –namely methane, and specifically targets dairy farms.
SB 1383 (Lara D) Short-lived climate pollutants.
Current Text: Amended: 4/12/2016 pdf html
Last Amend: 4/12/2016
Status: 5/2/2016-May 2 hearing: Placed on APPR. suspense file.
Location: 5/2/2016-S. APPR. SUSPENSE FILE
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Summary: Would require the State Air Resources Board, no later than January 1, 2018, to approve and begin implementing that comprehensive strategy to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants to achieve a reduction in methane by 40%, hydrofluorocarbon gases by 40%, and anthropogenic black carbon by 50% below 2013 levels by 2030, as specified.
In addition, WUD has also provided the following positions:
- AB 2223 — Gray –SUPPORT– $100 M continuous appropriation for dairy methane reduction
- SB 1153 — Cannella — SUPPORT– Requires ARB to study and report back to Legislature on comprehensive strategy to remove barriers to Biomethane projects and enhance incentives.
- SB 1043 — Allen– OPPOSE — provides broad new authority to ARB to create new MANDATES and “purchase requirements” on end use customers. Will dramatically increase costs for natural gas users.