Amended in Assembly March 16, 2015

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 amended, 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 printingbegin insert plates, as defined, and associatedend insert technology.begin insert The bill would require a vendor that participates in the demonstration project to pay any costs associated with the demonstration.end insert The bill wouldbegin delete provideend deletebegin insert makeend insert 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:

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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
P2    1protecting natural resources and the environment, preventing water,
2air, and land pollution, and enhancing the health, safety, and
3welfare of state residents and their overall economic and social

5(b) It is the policy of the state to promote cost-effective methods
6to reduce energy and resource consumption, and to reduce or
7eliminate the use of hazardous substances and the generation of
8hazardous substances, pollution, and waste at the source.

9(c) The state’s solid waste management priorities include
10reducing the generation of solid waste, reusing materials, and
11recycling materials that cannot be reused, and making sound
12choices regarding the consumption of commodities, services, and
13technology and the amount of waste they generate. State agencies
14and public authorities can minimize potential environmental and
15health impacts on workers and the public.

16(d) The state’s procurement of commodities, services, and
17technology can be enhanced through state and public agency
18choices that minimize the potential environmental and health
19impacts of their activities. State government can be a leader in
20environmental stewardship through the use of green procurement
21and sustainable management practices.


SEC. 2.  

Section 14861 is added to the Government Code, to



begin insert(a)end insertbegin insertend insert The department may engage in a demonstration
25project that shows the environmental and economic benefits that
26may be achieved by utilizingbegin delete process free printing plateend deletebegin insert “process
27free printing platesend insert
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28jobs. In engaging in a “processbegin delete free” printingend deletebegin insert free printing plate”end insert
29 pilot project, the department shall make best efforts to adhere to
30the following best practices:

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31(a) Avoid the use of heavy metals.

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32(b) Maximize the use of low-volatile organic compounds and
33less hazardous chemicals.

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34(c) Maximize the use of digital on-demand printing,
35direct-to-plate prepress systems, and automatic blanket washers.

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36(d) Maximize the recovery of silver.

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

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P3    1(f) Make printed materials easier to recycle, by maximizing the
2use of glueless bindings and uncoated paper and avoiding heavy
3ink coverage and dark or fluorescent papers.

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4(1) Reduce overall chemical usage in making printing plates.

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5(2) Maximize the use of low-volatile organic compounds and
6less hazardous chemicals.

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7(3) Minimize water usage.

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8(4) Reduce electricity usage.

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9(5) Maximize the recycling of paper, ink, aluminum plates, and
10related materials.

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11(6) Reduce the carbon footprint.

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12(b) A private vendor electing to participate in a demonstration
13project with the department shall pay for costs associated with the
14demonstration project, including process free printing plates,
15necessary for the demonstration, as agreed upon with the

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17(c) For purposes of this chapter, “process free printing plates”
18are defined as printing plates that can be put on press in offset
19printing, also known as lithography, immediately after imaging
20on a platesetter, with no intermediary plate processing step

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