2017 Advocacy Recap
CIOMA had a 100% success rate in the outcomes of the legislation that was discussed at our annual Day at the Capitol. In addition to that wonderful success, CIOMA acted swiftly to stop, delay, prevent, or change numerous other legislative, regulatory, and local efforts that would negatively impact our members’ companies and the future of the fuels and convenience industry in California.
AB 709 (McCarty, D-Sacramento) Tobacco products.
This bill would ban the use of discounts or coupons at the point of sale for tobacco products. KILLED
CIOMA Victory defined: Saved convenient store owners and operators from possible $5,000 penalty per violation and additional criminal penalties.
AB 1184 (Ting D-San Francisco) Electric Vehicle Incentives.
This bill would provide $3 Billion in tax incentives for consumers to purchase electric vehicles. KILLED
CIOMA Victory defined: Prevented government subsidized, direct competition to every CIOMA members’ business in the amount of $3 Billion from taxpayers (which includes yourselves).
SB 210 (Leyva) Heavy-Duty Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Program.
This bill would authorize CARB to test and diagnose engines and control technologies for oxides, particulate matter, and greenhouse gases, not excluding onboard diagnostic requirements. KILLED
CIOMA Victory defined: Prevented costly reporting and inspection requirements, while securing a seat at the table for any future negotiations on the topic of diesel engine inspection and maintenance.
SB 300 (Monning, D-Carmel) Sugar-sweetened beverages: warnings.
This bill would require a label be affixed to every “sugary sweetened” beverage to visually proclaim it dangerous. KILLED
CIOMA Victory defined: Protected at least 15% of in-store sales and the opportunity for customers to buy desired goods, 49% of which primarily go to convenience stores to purchase a beverage.
AB 274 & ACA 5(Garcia, D-Bell Gardens) Sales & Use taxes: food products.
This bill would institute a tax on snack foods and was the second step in tandem with a Constitutional Amendment. KILLED
CIOMA Victory defined: Prevented an increased tax on snacks sold at convenience stores, directly affecting foot traffic and each c-store’s bottom line.
CIOMA had a strong year in the regulatory arena facing new, costly proposed regulations. The limits for some proposed regulations were so low that no alternative technologies were available and would require facilities such as gas stations to limit daily throughput and profitability. Nonetheless, this year CIOMA has been engaged in over 50 regulatory efforts that would impact your business every day.
South Coast Air Quality Management District Amendments to Rule 1401: New Source Review of Toxic Air Contaminants
These proposed amendments would severely limit the emissions levels allowed from new sources, including gasoline dispensing facilities. On Hold, Awaiting Studies
CIOMA Victory defined: Prevented the District from placing arbitrary limits on emissions from new sources by forcing CARB intervention and research. Any new gasoline dispensing facility or facility applying for a modification to their permit would pay an estimated $15,000 per site annually in testing and assessment costs. Some may need to reduce throughput at peak hours if deemed necessary.
Bay Area Air Quality Management District Proposed Rule 11 – 18: Reduction of Risk from Air Toxic Emissions at Existing Facilities
This proposed rule would set the most stringent emissions risk factors in California for a variety of sources, including gasoline dispensing facilities. Obtained Exemption for GDFs
CIOMA Victory defined: Obtained exemption for gasoline dispensing facilities, saving tens of thousands of dollars in testing and monitoring costs. Rule would have forced owners to shut down for unknown amount of time during peak business hours, as no technology can reduce emissions to chosen levels. The rule would have removed exemptions for existing equipment, resulting in stranded assets for gas stations.
South Coast Air Quality Management District Proposed Rule 1410: Hydrogen Fluoride Ban
Similar to the bill CIOMA defeated in the Legislature this year, this rule would ban the use and storage of Modified Hydrogen Fluoride at petroleum refineries. Socioeconomic Review to be Scheduled
CIOMA Victory defined: Required double the amount of technical reviews and pressured the District to examine socioeconomic costs. This will include the drastic costs to business and residents, including a $0.26 per gallon increase for gasoline. A ban on Modified Hydrogen Fluoride is not financially or technologically feasible.
Prevented the City of San Jose from passing a flavored tobacco ban.
Joined a coalition to repeal the flavored tobacco ban passed by the County of San Francisco.