Archives: 2015-16 Legislative Session

Welcome to the Senate Environmental Quality Committee


JURISDICTION: Bills relating to environmental quality, air quality, water quality, climate change, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), waste management, pesticides, and hazardous materials.


2024 Bill Hearings: The Committee meets on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesdays at 9 a.m. in O Street, Room 1200.  Always check the Senate Daily File for any changes.


     Hearing Date                       Location  Position Letter Deadline
               (by Noon)
June 5, 2024 1021 O Street, Room 1200 May 29, 2024
June 19, 2024 1021 O Street, Room 1200 June 12, 2024
July 3, 2024 1021 O Street, Room 1200 June 26, 2024

For information on how to submit a position letter by using the advocacy portal please see the directions below for instructions as well as committee requirements.

Advocacy Quick Reference Guide

Submit Position Letter   


You are strongly advised to submit your position letter(s) ASAP via the Advocacy Portal, do not wait for bills to be noticed in the Daily File. 

It is the responsibility of an organization/individual to submit an updated position letter to the Committee if the organization's/individual's position on a bill changes.

As of February 28, 2023, the Governor terminated the state's COVID-19 State of Emergency.  Procedures put in place to accommodate the pandemic restrictions have been reverted back to pre-pandemic practices.  Teleconference testimony during committee hearings will no longer be available. 

The Senate continues to welcome the public and provides access to both in-person and written participation for public comment. If you are unable to attend a hearing in person, written comments or testimony can be provided directly to the committees by emailing the committee or utilizing the Advocacy Portal. 

We encourage the public to submit written testimony before the hearing through the position letter portal. Please note that any written testimony submitted to the committee is considered public comment and may be read into the record or reprinted.


  • A Committee staff member is in the office during the business hours of 9:00 am ~ 5:00 pm ~ Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
  • 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 by mail to 1021 O Street, Suite 3230, Sacramento, CA 95814. Please see the "Position Letters" tab above for more specific information.

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

Committee Phone:  (916) 651-4108


Committee Assistant:


Senate Environmental Quality Committee Members:

Senator Benjamin Allen (Chair)
Senator Brian Dahle (Vice Chair)
Senator Lena A. Gonzalez
Senator Melissa Hurtado
Senator Caroline Menjivar
Senator Janet Nguyen
Senator Nancy Skinner

Committee Address