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  Senate Democrats Kill Dutton Measures to Protect Jobs

SB 960 and 1120 by Senator Dutton would have
reigned in out-of-control Air Board regulators

SACRAMENTO – Senate Democrats killed two common sense measures by Senate Republican Leader-elect Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga) that sought to protect jobs without hurting California's environment.

Senate Bills 960 and 1120, which were heard yesterday by the Senate Environment Quality Committee, were both struck down on party line votes.

In recent years, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has come under fire for vastly underestimating the costs of its proposed regulations.

Rather than allow a single agency to continue imposing job-killing regulations without accountability or regard for their economic impact, Senator Dutton proposed SB 960 to require an independent agency to review the economic impact report for major regulations being considered by CARB.

Under the measure's provisions, the Office of Administrative Law would determine whether new regulations are cost effective and technologically feasible.

"It's unfortunate but not surprising that Democrats refuse to reign in the out-of-control government regulators that are strangling California's economy," Senator Dutton said. "It's clear by their actions today they aren't really concerned about protecting private sector jobs."

Also killed today by Democrats was SB 1120, a measure that would have prevented California from implementing a costly cap and trade program unless such a step is part of a national or regional effort.

Senator Dutton pointed out that the only effective and realistic approach to achieving the goal of a cap and trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is if California is able to partner with other regional states or be part of a national plan.

"California can't 'go it alone' on fighting global warming and think we're going to be successful," Senator Dutton said. "The only good we're doing for the planet is that we're exporting our jobs to places with more sense than us.

"The Democrats' actions today show that, although they talk about wanting to protect California's fragile economy, in reality they continue to kill bills that would protect jobs," Senator Dutton concluded.


Senator Republican Leader-Elect Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga) serves as the Republican point person on jobs, budget and energy issues.  Mr. Dutton has more than thirty years of experience in the private sector and is the founder and owner of a successful Inland Empire business.  For more information, please see