Welcome to the Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Quality

Meets 1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesdays at 9:30 A.M. in Room 3191.  Always check the Senate Daily File for any changes.

JURISDICTION: Bills relating to environmental quality, air quality, water quality, climate change,

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), waste management, pesticides, and hazardous materials.



Hearing        Letter Deadline
July 27      9 a.m.     July 20 noon



Please submit letters via the Advocacy Portal no later than noon, 9 days prior to hearing.
Submit Position Letter

For information on how to submit a position letter please see the directions below:

Advocacy Quick Reference Guide




To protect public health and slow the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the State Capitol is closed to the public.  However, we are working remotely to continue to serve you. 

  • We are receiving office phone calls and responding to all email communication during the business hours of 9:00 am ~ 5:00 pm ~ Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. 


  • We will continue to receive position letters on all legislation via the advocacy portal and email. Please see "Position Letters" above for more specific information.


  • We will continue to keep our website up to date on the status of our bill hearings.


  • Author’s Amendments to bills in our committee will be accepted and processed during the recess. 



Please note the various ways we are available to assist you:

Committee phone:  (916) 651-4108

Committee email:


Senate Environmental Quality Committee Members:

Senator Benjamin Allen (Chair)
Senator Patricia C. Bates (Vice Chair)
Senator Brian Dahle
Senator Jerry Hill
Senator Nancy Skinner
Senator Henry I. Stern
Senator Bob Wieckowski

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