Environment

This Act defines a “biobased product” and directs the state director of administrative services to establish a Biobased Product Preference Program. The legislation requires state agencies and state institutions of higher education to buy biobased equipment, material, or supplies in accordance with the program. It requires the director of the state administrative services agency to develop rules and procedures state agencies and higher education institutions must use to buy biobased products in accordance with the program. The Act contains provisions allowing these agencies to buy non-biobased products when biobased products are unavailable, fail to meet related performance requirements, or are too expensive. 
The Act requires vendors who offer products under the program to certify their products are biobased and provide related information as requested by the state. 

The Act requires residential home builders to offer home buyers certain water conserving technology, appliances, and landscaping practices. Examples include water-efficient toilets and dishwashers that meet federal Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star Program standards. 

This Act creates a Equine Health and Welfare Council, a Equine Health and Welfare Fund, and a Livestock Care Standards Commission. 

Three items to report on briefly today:

· Two weeks from today, CSG will convene its 2010 National Conference in Providence, RI.  During the meeting, the Energy & Environment Policy Task Force will host an open roundtable discussion focusing on the key issues states can be expected to face in 2011.  The roundtable presents an excellent opportunity for participants to share their insights...

With freight demand expected to double over the next 40 years, it's more important than ever to consider the impact of freight transportation on the environment. This policy brief examines the opportunities for state government to enact policies, get behind federal initiatives and support industry efforts to make freight transportation greener.

Minnesota state agencies are on pace to purchase close to 1 million gallons of E85 in 2010, meaning nearly one-fifth of the retail fuel bought by the agencies is now a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline.

The federal government will be relying on the states to make the most of its historic federal commitment to clean up and restore the Great Lakes.

On Tuesday, Californians voted down Prop. 23, which sought to suspend California’s landmark global warming/clean energy legislation until unemployment dropped to 5.5% for 4 consecutive quarters.

On November 2nd, Californians will vote “yes” or “no” on Proposition 23.  Prop 23 seeks to suspend AB 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 through, among other things, increased use of renewable energy and pollution controls until state unemployment (currently at 12.4%) is sustained at 5.5% for 4 consecutive quarters.  That has only happened 3 times in the last 34 years.

No sooner was the Renewable Electricity Promotion Act of 2010, sponsored by Sens. Bingaman (D- NM) and Brownback (R- KS), introduced in the Senate last week than it was dismissed as being unlikely to proceed by one of its key sponsors.

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