Newsom Signs Legislation to Protect Californians from Extreme Heat

California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a tour of a cooling center with Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, in Sacramento, Calif. Newsom declared an emergency Tuesday over wildfires burning throughout California as the state’s power grid operator pleaded with residents and businesses to continue conserving energy to avoid rolling blackouts. (Paul Kitagaki Jr./The Sacramento Bee via AP, Pool)

Following the record-setting heat wave across the western United States, Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation aimed at protecting Californians from severe heat waves driven by climate change.

“This week’s unprecedented heat wave is a painful reminder of the costs and impacts of climate change – and it won’t be the last,” said Governor Newsom. “California is taking aggressive action to combat the climate crisis and build resilience in our most vulnerable communities, including a comprehensive strategy to protect Californians from extreme heat. With lives and livelihoods on the line, we cannot afford to delay.”

Newsom signed the following legislation:

  • AB 1643 by Assemblymember Robert Rivas (D-Salinas) will create an advisory committee to inform a study on the effects of extreme heat on California’s workers, businesses and economy.
  • AB 2238 by Assemblymember Luz Rivas (D-Arleta) will create the nation’s first extreme heat advance warning and ranking system to better prepare communities ahead of heat waves.
  • AB 2420 by Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno) is a first-in-the-nation measure that directs the California Department of Public Health to review research on the impacts of extreme heat on perinatal health and develop guidance for safe outdoor conditions to protect pregnant workers.
  • SB 852 by Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) will allow cities and counties to create climate resilience districts with financing power to invest in programs that tackle extreme heat, drought, wildfire and other climate impacts.

Find Newsom’s complete statement here.

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