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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


After strong bipartisan support, the California Senate elected not to move forward with legalizing human composting during the 2021 session.

Thank you to all our supporters in California who have rallied behind our efforts to expand green death care options in your state. While the California Legislature has not yet approved human composting, we are committed to continuing to work toward legalization again in the 2022 legislative session. We’ll be sure to share updates in our newsletter.

AB501 (2021)

AB501 was the second bill aimed at legalizing human composting, following AB 2592 in 2020. Despite strong bipartisan support, positive reception in several committee hearings, and over 300 letters of support from constituents, in August 2021 the California State Senate elected not to move AB501 forward toward legalization. This decision, which came as a surprise to the bill’s sponsors, was likely influenced by the California governor recall.

Assemblymember Cristina Garcia and Senator Susan Talamantes Eggman sponsored this legislation. AB 501 successfully passed out of the California State Assembly, the Senate Health Committee, the Senate Business & Professions Committee.

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.

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