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          362 (Waldron)

          As Enrolled  September 4, 2015

          2/3 vote

          |ASSEMBLY:  |78-0  |(April 23,     |SENATE: |40-0  |(August 31,      |
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          |ASSEMBLY:  |80-0  |(September 1,  |        |      |                 |
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          Original Committee Reference:  A. & A.R.

          SUMMARY:  Allows the Department of General Services (DGS) to  
          engage in a pilot printing program that could be funded by a  
          participating vendor. 

          The Senate amendments: 


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          1)Broaden the type of pilot printing program allowed.

          2)Allow, but do not require, the participating vendor to cover  
            pilot costs.

          EXISTING LAW requires the Office of State Printing (OSP), under  
          DGS to conduct all state printing and generally provides OSP  
          with discretion to determine appropriate printing methods. 

          FISCAL EFFECT:  This bill, as amended, has not been analyzed by  
          a Senate fiscal committee. 

          COMMENTS:  Senate amendments broaden the type of printing pilot  
          allowed to include those that use sustainable printing  
          practices.  The previous version of this bill specified that the  
          pilot could be for the process free printing plates method only.  
           Amendments allow for this method or other sustainable  

          Senate amendments also allow, but do not require, the  
          participating vendor to pay pilot costs.  The previous version  
          of this bill required the vendor to cover these costs.    


          This bill authorizes the Department of General Services to  
          engage in a demonstration project to use sustainable practices  
          which may include but are not limited to, the use of "process  
          free printing plates."


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          I support efforts to reduce the water, chemical, and energy use  
          associated with printing, however, the Department currently has  
          sufficient authority to explore new methods of achieving such  
          reductions without this legislation. In fact, the Office of  
          State Publishing is currently prioritizing the procurement and  
          use of new printing technologies that lessen environmental  
          impacts, and continues to seek new methods of conserving water,  
          energy, and paper. A new law authorizing an optional  
          demonstration project is simply unnecessary.

          Analysis Prepared by:                                             
                          Scott Herbstman / A. & A.R. / (916) 319-3600   
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