A plan to help ensure the California Coastal Conservancy can work on addressing climate change was approved by the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee.
Senate Bill 1066, authored by state Sen. Ted W. Lieu, D-Torrance, would require the conservancy to fund and undertake projects to address climate change, giving priority to projects that maximize public benefits.
“Rising sea levels and extreme storm-driven waves pose direct risks to the state’s coastal resources,” Lieu said in a statement. “With the coastal economy contributing $40 billion annually to the state and with 80 percent of California’s 38 million residents living within 30 miles of the coast, we must take steps now to ensure the coastal economy survives.”
Lieu said SB 1066 is needed in the wake of record-high temperatures, changing weather patterns and rising ocean levels.
Any costs of SB 1066 would be paid with non-state funds. The bill will next face fiscal review, which is expected to occur by the end of May.