Weideman COVID-19 Update
June 28, 2021

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Capitol Access

The Legislature announced updated workplace COVID-19 rules designed to maintain safe access to the Capitol building. Legislators, staff, and the public are required to wear masks in shared spaces (elevators, hallways, committee rooms, restrooms) regardless of their vaccination status and are encouraged to maintain physical distance. Capitol staff may remove their masks inside their offices if they are vaccinated and those who are not vaccinated are only allowed to remove masks if they are alone in a room. These rules are expected to remain in place through the remainder of the legislative session. The public is being allowed inside the building in greater numbers, but the legislature continues to encourage virtual meetings and virtual testimony in hearings. 

CARB Greenlights Electrify America Plan

On Thursday, the California Air Resources Board unanimously approved the $200 million Cycle 3 California ZEV Investment Plan from Weideman Group client, Electrify America. The plan represents the third of four investment phases as part of the company’s 10-year commitment to invest $800 million in zero emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure and education programs in the state. As part of the Cycle 3 plan, Electrify America will direct $25 million for a “Green City” program in the City of Long Beach and the Wilmington neighborhood of Los Angeles. This initiative will focus specifically on charging infrastructure for electric transit buses and medium/heavy-duty trucks located in or serving the community.

Digital Vaccine Record

Californians will be able to access their immunization record through the Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record. The digital tool allows vaccinated individuals to receive a QR code readable by a QR scanner. Individuals are encouraged to screenshot the information and save it to their phone files or camera roll for future access.
 

Infrastructure, Infrastructure, Infrastructure 

President Bident has reached a deal on an infrastructure plan with a bipartisan group of senators. The deal provides $579 billion towards roads, broadband, electric utilities, and more – this is only a fraction of the President’s $4 trillion economic plan. The Senate is set to release language within the next couple of days and pass it in July, but the House might have their own version. The goal is to send Biden the bipartisan infrastructure bill along with a budget that includes other items from the larger Democratic agenda that is not part of the bipartisan deal. 

Meanwhile, in California, the Public Utilities Commission ordered historic levels of power plant procurement to address midterm reliability concerns and advance the state’s clean energy goals. The Commission approved a decision directing utilities to procure 11,500 MW of new renewable and zero-carbon energy resources from 2023-2026. The procurement will help replace retiring power plants, including the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant, and respond to more extreme weather events.