California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 362

Introduced by Assembly Member Waldron

February 17, 2015

An act to add Section 14861 to the Government Code, relating to state printing.


AB 362, as introduced, Waldron. State printing: demonstration project: process free printing.

Existing law requires that all state printing be done in the Office of State Printing.

This bill would authorize the Office of State Printing to engage in a demonstration project to show the economic and environmental advantages of process free printing technology. The bill would provide legislative findings in support of the project.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

P1    1


The Legislature finds and declares all of the

3(a) State government is a major consumer of materials and
4energy. The state’s policies include conserving, improving, and
5protecting natural resources and the environment, preventing water,
6air, and land pollution, and enhancing the health, safety, and
7welfare of state residents and their overall economic and social

P2    1(b) It is the policy of the state to promote cost-effective methods
2to reduce energy and resource consumption, and to reduce or
3eliminate the use of hazardous substances and the generation of
4hazardous substances, pollution, and waste at the source.

5(c) The state’s solid waste management priorities include
6reducing the generation of solid waste, reusing materials, and
7recycling materials that cannot be reused, and making sound
8choices regarding the consumption of commodities, services, and
9technology and the amount of waste they generate. State agencies
10and public authorities can minimize potential environmental and
11health impacts on workers and the public.

12(d) The state’s procurement of commodities, services, and
13technology can be enhanced through state and public agency
14choices that minimize the potential environmental and health
15impacts of their activities. State government can be a leader in
16environmental stewardship through the use of green procurement
17and sustainable management practices.


SEC. 2.  

Section 14861 is added to the Government Code, to



The department may engage in a demonstration project
21that shows the environmental and economic benefits that may be
22achieved by utilizing process free printing plate and associated
23technology for state printing jobs. In engaging in a “process free”
24printing pilot project, the department shall make best efforts to
25adhere to the following best practices:

26(a) Avoid the use of heavy metals.

27(b) Maximize the use of low-volatile organic compounds and
28less hazardous chemicals.

29(c) Maximize the use of digital on-demand printing,
30direct-to-plate prepress systems, and automatic blanket washers.

31(d) Maximize the recovery of silver.

32(e) Maximize the recycling of paper, ink, film, and related

34(f) Make printed materials easier to recycle, by maximizing the
35use of glueless bindings and uncoated paper and avoiding heavy
36ink coverage and dark or fluorescent papers.