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Addis Local Choice & Safety Bill Advances to Senate

For immediate release:

SACRAMENTO – A bill by Assemblymember Dawn Addis (D-Morro Bay) to affirm local-decision making on oil and gas operations has passed the Assembly. Assembly Bill 3233 reinforces the authority of local governments across California to regulate or prohibit oil and gas operations, bolstering efforts to protect community health and the environment.

"I'm thrilled that the Local Environmental Choice and Safety Act (AB 3233) passed the Assembly and keeps moving forward," said Addis. "This bill reflects our commitment to empowering local governments to take decisive action to protect the wellbeing of our communities. By upholding local choice, we are affirming local jurisdictions and their right to defend the places we call home. I look forward to working with the Senate to ensure AB 3233 heads to the Governor's Desk."

Sponsored by the Center for Biological Diversity, AB 3233 is supported by a diverse coalition of environmental advocates, healthcare workers, and local governments, including the County of Santa Cruz. Earlier this month, Mayor Karen Bass of Los Angeles approved a resolution in support of the legislation.

The bill now moves to the State Senate where it awaits referral to a policy committee.

Dawn Addis was elected to the California State Assembly in 2022 to represent the coastal 30th Assembly District, which includes San Luis Obispo, Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties.

CONTACT: Julie Cravotto, (916) 319-2030