Senator Dave Min (D-Irvine) announced today two of his bills were signed by Governor Gavin Newsom:
Senate Bill (SB) 500 requires all autonomous vehicles under 8,501 pounds to be zero emission by Model Year 2031, while SB 391 allows homeowners associations (HOAs) to meet virtually during declared states of emergencies or disasters, such as the COVID-19 pandemic or during wildfires. SB 500 is consistent with Sen. Min’s strong environmental voting record, which has established the freshman legislator as a leading progressive voice in this area.
“I am so pleased that Governor Newsom has signed SB 500. California has led the world in fighting climate change and developing new technology, and this legislation will help to ensure that California remains the leader in both these areas. While we only have a handful of autonomous vehicles on the road today, it won’t be long before these cars and trucks are ubiquitous. SB 500 ensures that as AVs get rolled out into our economy, they are helping rather than hurting our efforts to fight climate change.”
SB 500 is sponsored by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and supported by a broad coalition of environmental, automotive industry, and labor groups.
“UCS commends Governor Newsom for signing SB 500 into law today. The Governor understands that the future of transportation is all-electric and by signing SB 500 he is pushing California closer to that future,” said Jason Barbose, Interim Western States Director for UCS. “We also thank Senator Min for recognizing that autonomous vehicles need to run on zero-emission electricity to reduce air pollution and address climate change.”
SB 391 addresses a practical problem illustrated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has made it difficult or unacceptably dangerous for HOAs to meet in person, as required by law. SB 391 establishes alternative teleconferencing procedures for meetings when there is a federal, state, or local emergency that makes it unsafe to meet in person, ensuring fair and safe participation.
“I am grateful to Governor Newsom for signing SB 391 into law, ” Min said. “Existing law requires HOA meetings to be held in person, but as we have seen far too often in the past year with the pandemic and wildfires, in-person meetings may not always be feasible or safe. Allowing virtual HOA meetings during such times of crisis, with strict protocols to ensure fairness and transparency, is a common-sense solution that has already been proven to increase public engagement.”
SB 391 and SB 500 mark Min’s third and fourth bills signed into law. SB 391 is an urgency statute, and thus is authorized to go into effect immediately.