From golf course housing to offshore drilling, here are the major bills the California legislature just killed

No ban on offshore drilling in state waters. No election holiday. No speed cameras.

The measures were among dozens of bills that died in the California Legislature on Thursday, without debate, as House and Senate appropriations committees pushed hundreds of bills through a procedural bottleneck for legislation with significant fiscal impacts.

Here are four key measures that have been dropped:

speed cameras

AB2336 sought to use automated cameras to reduce speeding in San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland as the region battles an increase in traffic accidents. This is the third time since 2017 that the bill has failed.

Assemblymen Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, and Laura Friedman, D-Glendale (Los Angeles County), passed the measure, which would have allowed the Bay Area’s three largest cities and Los Angeles to manage a pilot radar program for five years. . Commonly referred to as automated speed enforcement, these cameras are used to take pictures of speeding motorists.

The bill has faced opposition from privacy advocates, who said it would dramatically increase surveillance of private citizens, as well as social equity groups who said it could lead to more tickets for people of color whose communities often have poorly designed streets.

Coastal drilling

SB953 reportedly banned oil drilling in state waters after last year’s oil spill off the Orange County coast, when nearly 25,000 gallons of crude oil spilled into the water offshore from Huntington Beach. The bill sought to compel the State Lands Commission to terminate its offshore oil and gas leases.

The author, Sen. Dave Min, D-Irvine, argued that the bill, SB953, was needed to prevent more oil spills off the California coast. Groups representing oil companies opposed the bill, as did the State Building and Construction Trades union. A legislative analysis found the bill would have cost the state up to $100 million a year, with potential additional costs for reimbursing tenants for lost profits in the tens of millions.

Polling holiday

AB1872 would have created a statewide holiday on Election Day. The bill would have applied to November general elections held in even-numbered years and would have given state workers, children and teachers in public schools a day off and encouraged private businesses to do the same.

Assemblyman Evan Low, D-San Jose, proposed the bill because he said it would increase voter turnout. This is the third time he has proposed the bill and seen it die since 2018. Previous estimates projected it would cost California at least $67 million to give workers in the state another holiday.

Accommodation on golf courses

AB1910 reportedly provided the local government with grants to convert golf courses in affordable housing and open public spaces. Author, Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens (Los Angeles County), said it would give cities another tool to help tackle the housing crisis and make more efficient use of land. golf.

According to the Southern California Golf Association, about 22% of California’s 1,100 golf courses are state-owned. The bill has faced opposition from the golf industry and the Trust for Public Land, who argued it would incentivize cities to develop housing with minimal open space.

Dustin Gardiner and Sophia Bollag are editors of the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected], [email protected] Twitter: @dustingardiner, @SophiaBollag

Michael C. Ford