Bill Would Boost Small Businesses

Contact: Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Director, 415-846-7758 (cell)

SACRAMENTO – AB 865, the EmPower California Act, will receive its first committee hearing Monday, April 13 in the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee. The bill, introduced by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas), would set up a program to encourage recipients of California Energy Commission grants or loans to boost procurement from business enterprises owned by women, minorities, disabled veterans and LGBTQ individuals. Similar, highly successful programs already operate under the purview of the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Department of Insurance. The measure also creates a task force to promote diversity in the clean energy economy.

WHAT: Utilities and Commerce Committee hearing on AB 865, the EmPower California Act

WHO: Sekita Grant, Greenlining Institute Environmental Equity Program Manager; Simeon Gant, Green Technical Education & Employment Executive Director; committee members

WHERE: State Capitol, Room 437

WHEN: Monday, April 13, 3 p.m.