AB 2678 (Núñez) was passed by the Assembly on a 44-33 vote on Wednesday. The bill needed 41 votes to pass. AB 2678 would require, among other things, that ALL homes and commercial property in California have an energy audit at point-of-sale, and that mandatory energy efficiency investments be made. While C.A.R. appreciates the goal of energy conservation, C.A.R. strongly opposes the point-of-sale requirements in AB 2678 because they are not necessary to achieve the bill’s objectives and such mandates will weaken the housing market. If enacted, AB 2678 could add thousands of dollars to the cost of purchasing a home, including up to $400 just to have the home audited. AB 2678 will next be considered by the state Senate. Stay tuned for a Red Alert on the bill.
Here’s how Assembly members voted:
Yes Votes: Bass, Beall, Berg, Brownley, Caballero, Calderon, Carter, Coto, Davis, De La Torre, De Leon, DeSaulnier, Dymally, Eng, Evans, Feuer, Fuentes, Furutani, Hancock, Hayashi, Hernandez, Jones, Karnette, Krekorian, Laird, Leno, Levine, Lieber, Lieu, Ma, Mendoza, Mullin, Nava, Núñez, Parra, Portantino, Price, Ruskin, Salas, Saldaña, Solorio, Swanson, Torrico, and Wolk.
No Votes: Adams, Aghazarian, Anderson, Arambula, Benoit, Berryhill, Blakeslee, Cook, DeVore, Duvall, Emmerson, Fuller, Gaines, Galgiani, Garcia, Garrick, Horton, Huff, Jeffries, Keene, La Malfa, Maze, Nakanishi, Niello, Plescia, Runner, Silva, Smyth, Spitzer, Strickland, Tran, Villines and Walters.
Not Voting: Houston, Huffman and Soto.