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UCLA School of Law Experts Issue New Report on Impacts of Proposition 26 on California’s Environmental Programs; Available to Discuss


October 26, 2010

ATTENTION EDITORS AND REPORTERS

WHAT: UCLA School of Law's Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment and Evan Frankel Environmental Law and Policy Program have issued a report analyzing the impacts of Proposition 26.

Proposition 26, if passed, would broaden the definition of "tax" to include many payments that are currently considered fees. As a result of this expansion, certain state and local fees, including those that address adverse impacts on the environment, could no longer be enacted by a simple majority vote of the Legislature, but would require a two-thirds majority vote instead.

The report concludes that Proposition 26 would erect significant barriers to funding many environmental protection programs and public health programs in California. A two-thirds supermajority vote - the same vote now required to pass a budget - would make it much more difficult for legislators to require companies to pay for the impacts of their pollution. Proposition 26 also threatens at least two existing sustainability laws with repeal and risks the establishment of stable funding streams for key state environmental efforts.

WHO: The following UCLA School of Law experts are available to discuss Proposition 26:

Sean B. Hecht, executive director of the Environmental Law Center and director of the Evan Frankel Environmental Law and Policy Program, who comments regularly on issues involving environmental law and policy.

Cara Horowitz, Andrew Sabin Family Foundation executive director of the Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment, who works on law and policy solutions to climate change and related environmental issues.

CONTACT: Lauri Gavel, 310-206-2611, gavel@law.ucla.edu