SB 1 – California Environmental, Public Health, and Workers Defense Act of 2019
Attempts to protect the state’s environment legal regime from any federal changes and is intended to preserve the status quo in California by preempting our state agencies from mirroring any changes to federal environmental or labor laws or regulations.
Concerns regarding SB 1:
California agencies already have the authority and directive to adopt standards and requirements beyond the federal standards to the extend allowed under federal law.
SB 1 is an unprecedented power transfer from the Legislature to the Executive Branch.
SB 1 would allow state agencies to completely bypass the notice and comment procedures of the California Administrative Procedure Act in its entirety in direct violation of procedural due process protections that are the bedrock of the California Constitution.
By combining all 3 complex federal environment laws (Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act), into a single bill, SB 1 violates the California Constitution which states, “a statute shall embrace but one subject, which shall be expressed its title.” (California Constitution Article IV Section 9)