Gov. Brown Hails Sweeping Climate Legislation, Plans to Sign 2 Bills Into Law

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Flanked by legislative leaders, Gov. Jerry Brown said new measures approved on Wednesday would be a milestone for the state’s climate change policies.

“This is a real commitment backed up by real power,” he said during a Capitol press conference.

Brown and top lawmakers spoke with reporters shortly after the Legislature gave their final stamp of approval to the two bills, a stark change in fortune after they appeared to lack the necessary support earlier this month. The governor has said he plans to sign the bills.

One measure, Senate Bill 32 from Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), would extend and expand California’s target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The current goal is to hit 1990 levels by 2020; the new proposal would require the state to reduce emissions by another 40% by 2030.

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