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Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, (CA‑58) asks questions during the Assembly Select Committee on Orange County on Chronic Homelessness Hearing on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, in Buena Park, CA. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Jan 2021 — Public Policy

California

Building on our progress during 2020, Assemblymember Cristina Garcia is again leading a bill to legalize human composting in California during the 2021 session. 

Assemblymember Cristina Garcia of the Bell Gardens neighborhood of Los Angeles is leading legislation to allow natural organic reduction in California during the 2021 session. The bill, AB 501, recently successfully passed its first hearing the California State Assembly. Thank you to the over 200 Californians who wrote in letters of support for the bill before its last hearing. If you’d like to send in your support, you can learn more here. We’ll be sure to share updates on the bill progress as it moves through the legislature in our newsletter.

About AB 2592 (2020) 

Recompose also worked to legalize our process during the 2020 session, though the bill was ultimately shelved due to pandemic-related budget concerns.

In March 2020, Assemblymember Cristina Garcia  introduced AB 2592 to legalize natural organic reduction in California. The bill successfully passed out of the Assembly thanks in part to over 100 letters of support from the Recompose community and an endorsement from the Los Angeles Times. The Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development passed the bill unanimously on August 10, 2020.

The bill was then referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee, which is responsible for considering the cost of potential new laws. Due to budget shortfalls created by the COVID-19 pandemic, on August 20 the Senate Appropriations Committee declined to move AB 2592 forward this session.

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