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                                    THIRD READING

          Bill No:  AB 362
          Author:   Waldron (R), et al.
          Amended:  8/24/15 in Senate
          Vote:     21  

           SENATE GOVERNMENTAL ORG. COMMITTEE:  13-0, 6/9/15
           AYES:  Hall, Berryhill, Block, Gaines, Galgiani, Glazer,  
            Hernandez, Hill, Hueso, Lara, McGuire, Runner, Vidak


           ASSEMBLY FLOOR:  78-0, 4/23/15 (Consent) - See last page for  

           SUBJECT:   State printing: demonstration project: process free  

          SOURCE:    Author
          DIGEST:    This bill allows the Department of General Services  
          (DGS) to engage in a pilot program to show the environmental and  
          economic benefits that may be achieved by utilizing sustainable  
          printing practices which may include, but are not limited to,  
          the use of "process free printing plates."

          Senate Floor Amendments on 8/24/15 specify that sustainable  
          printing practices may include, but are not limited to, the use  
          of process free printing plates and specify that the private  
          vendor may pay for costs associated with the demonstration  
          project.  The bill previously required the private vendor to pay  
          for the costs associated with the demonstration project.  The  
          amendments also add Assembly Member Lackey as coauthor. 


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          Existing law:
          1)Requires that all the state printing shall be done in the  
            Office of State Printing.

          2)Specifies that DGS shall execute promptly all order for  
            printing or binding received from the various state agencies. 

          This bill:

          1)Authorizes DGS to engage in a pilot program to show the  
            environmental and economic benefits that may be achieved by  
            utilizing sustainable printing practices which may include,  
            but are not limited, the use of "process free printing  

          2)Specifies that DGS shall make best efforts to adhere to the  
            following best practices:

             a)   Reduce the overall chemical usage in making printing  

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

             c)   Minimize water usage.

             d)   Reduce electricity usage.

             e)   Maximize the recycling of paper, ink, aluminum plates,  
               and related materials.

             f)   Reduce the carbon footprint. 

          3)Requires that if DGS conducts such a pilot, the participating  
            private vendor may pay for costs associated with the  
            demonstration project, including process free printing plates,  
            necessary for the pilot project. 

          4)Defines "process free printing plates" as printing plates that  
            can be put on press in offset printing, also known as  


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            lithography, immediately after imaging on a platesetter, with  
            no intermediary plate processing step required. 


          Purpose of the bill.  According to the author, traditional  
          printing plates are imaged on a platesetter, and then the plates  
          are run through a bath of chemical developer and water in the  
          plate processing equipment.  Once processed, the plates are put  
          on the printing press to begin the printing.  The author argues  
          that this process uses a lot of water and a lot of chemicals  
          that are hard on the environment. 

          The author concludes that process free plates use newer  
          technology to skip the chemical processing step completely which  
          dramatically reduces water and chemical use compared to the  
          traditional printing process. 

          Kodak's SONORA XP Process Free Plate.   Kodak's SONORA XP  
          Process Free Plate is a thermal plate that requires no  
          processing equipment or chemistry, using press-ready technology  
          to enable a printer to go directly from platesetter to press  
          with no intermediary processing or clean-out step.  According to  
          the Kodak Web site, benefits of Process Free Plates include the  
          reduction of energy, water, and chemistry costs; freeing up  
          space by eliminating processing equipment; eliminating the  
          variability from processing to improve consistency and quality;  
          getting to press faster; reducing maintenance costs and downtime  
          with less equipment; and providing a cleaner and safer working  

          Prior/Related Legislation
          SB 1079 (Walters, Chapter 513, Statutes of 2010) clarified the  
          placement of paid advertisements in state agency publications to  
          reflect current practice. 

          SB 528 (Maldonado, Chapter 381, Statutes of 2005) struck the  
          sunset on the Advertising Pilot Project which allows state  
          agencies to include advertisements in their publications as a  
          means of reducing printing costs.

          AB 2315 (Chu, Chapter 220, Statutes of 2002) allowed the Office  
          of State Printing to accept paid advertisements in materials  


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          printed or published by the state. 

          FISCAL EFFECT:   Appropriation:    No          Fiscal  
          Com.:YesLocal:   No

          SUPPORT:   (Verified8/25/15)


          OPPOSITION:   (Verified8/25/15)

          None received

          ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT:  According to Kodak, "offset printing, the  
          dominant printing method, typically uses traditional printing  
          plates that are developed in a bath of chemicals, consuming much  
          precious water in the process.  Kodak argues that process free  
          printing plates use newer technology that skips the chemical  
          processing stem completely; saving water and energy, removing  
          chemical and waste, and reducing the overall carbon footprint of  

          Kodak concludes that, "this bill would show state government how  
          it could exercise more leadership in environmental stewardship  
          through the use of green procurement and sustainable management  
          practices while maintaining high quality print projects for all  
          government clients it serves." 
          ASSEMBLY FLOOR:  78-0, 4/23/15
          AYES:  Achadjian, Alejo, Travis Allen, Baker, Bigelow, Bloom,  
            Bonilla, Bonta, Brough, Brown, Burke, Calderon, Chang, Chau,  
            Chávez, Chiu, Chu, Cooley, Cooper, Dababneh, Dahle, Daly,  
            Dodd, Eggman, Frazier, Beth Gaines, Gallagher, Cristina  
            Garcia, Eduardo Garcia, Gatto, Gipson, Gomez, Gonzalez,  
            Gordon, Gray, Grove, Hadley, Harper, Roger Hernández, Holden,  
            Irwin, Jones, Jones-Sawyer, Kim, Lackey, Levine, Linder,  
            Lopez, Low, Maienschein, Mathis, Mayes, McCarty, Medina,  
            Melendez, Mullin, Nazarian, Obernolte, O'Donnell, Olsen,  
            Patterson, Perea, Quirk, Rendon, Ridley-Thomas, Rodriguez,  
            Santiago, Steinorth, Mark Stone, Thurmond, Ting, Wagner,  


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            Waldron, Weber, Wilk, Williams, Wood, Atkins
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Campos, Salas

          Prepared by:Felipe Lopez / G.O. / (916) 651-1530
          8/25/15 15:48:21

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