Adam Gray

Adam Gray

Assemblymember — CA 21

Democrat Representing Merced & Stanislaus

Assemblymember Adam Gray has historically the worst environmental voting record out of all members of the Assembly Democratic Caucus.

The area Assemblymember Gray represents suffers from poor air quality and major groundwater pollution problems, yet his voting record betrays clean air, clean energy, clean transportation, and water conservation. Assemblymember Gray has made multiple attempts through legislation to undermine the California State Water Resources Control Board’s ability to implement policies and programs which protect drinking water quality and water resources which have been severely degraded by agricultural contamination and overuse.

Air Quality & Climate Protection

In 2019, opposed SB 210 which created a Smog Check program for diesel trucks, which emit toxic air pollutants, similar to current Smog Check requirements for passenger vehicles.

In 2018, opposed SB 64 which would have required the reporting of emissions associated with startups, shutdowns and cycling of electrical generating facilities.

In 2017, opposed AB 617 which increased requirements for stationary emitters, enhanced monitoring and reporting of toxic air pollutants, and increased penalty authority to hold polluters accountable for health and safety violations.

In 2016, opposed SB 100, a landmark climate policy which created a goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045 and a mandate of 60% renewable energy by 2030.

In 2016, opposed AB 197 the Climate Equity and Transparency Act, which included reforms that ensure the benefits of climate pollution reduction reach the communities most directly affected and give the Legislature greater oversight responsibility when implementing these climate policies.

In 2016, opposed SB 32 which continued California’s 2006 Global Warming Solutions Act by setting a new target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

In 2015, opposed SB 185 which required California’s public pension funds, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), to divest from holdings in coal as part of the state’s broader efforts to decarbonize the California economy and transition to clean, renewable energy resources.

Health & Environmental Protections

In 2019, opposed AB 35 to require reporting and follow up on tests showing high lead levels in employees.

In 2019, opposed SB 1 which would have defended California from the Trump Administration’s attempts to rollback or weaken workplace safety laws and environmental laws.

In 2019, refused to support AB 142 which provides ongoing funding for the cleanup of lead contamination caused by lead acid battery smelting facilities, in particular to help communities near the site of the former Exide battery plant in Los Angeles County.

In 2019, refused to support AB 1080, which outline a comprehensive plan to address plastic pollution and the waste crisis by setting targets to achieve a 75% reduction of single-use packaging and products by 2030.

In 2018, opposed AB 2447 which would have created a meaningful process to notify the public of potential adverse health impacts for industrial projects.

In 2017, opposed AB 890 which would have closed a loophole which allows for developers of projects with significant environmental impacts to abuse the initiative process to avoid publicly disclosing or mitigating their environmental and public health impacts.

In 2017, refused to support SB 258 which required ingredient disclosure on both product labels and web sites for most kinds of cleaning products sold to consumers and businesses.

In 2016, opposed AB 1066 which provides the same overtime protections for farmworkers as other hourly employees in California.

Oil, Gas & Transportation

Opposed AB 345, an active bill, which will require regulations to protect public health and safety near oil and gas extraction facilities by establishing a minimum setback distance between oil and gas activities and sensitive places such as schools, childcare facilities, playgrounds, residences, hospitals, and health clinics.

Opposed AB 3214, an active bill which will update fines, which have not been updated for inflation since the 1980s, for companies that knowingly do not take action that could have avoided an oil spill.

In 2019, refused to support AB 1057 which increased the amount of financial security oil companies must provide to ensure that taxpayers are not on the hook for the cost of clean up for retired or abandoned oil and gas wells.

In 2019, opposed AB 342 which prohibits the state from entering into any new lease authorizing new construction of oil and natural gas related infrastructure on federally protected public lands.

In 2019, refused to support SB 551 which requires oil and gas operators to demonstrate to the state their ability to pay for the cleanup of oil and gas wells and production facilities. This allows the state to adequately assess the total cost of liabilities and avoid entering billions in liabilities without a plan.

In 2018, opposed AB 1775 and SB 834, two bills which protected California’s coast from offshore oil drilling by prohibiting new leases for new construction of oil drilling within state waters.

In 2018, opposed AB 3146 which would have required oil well operators to regularly test for emissions of harmful hydrocarbon air pollutants in wells close to homes, and requires the state to similarly test hazardous or idle wells.

In 2016, opposed SB 1441 which would have prevented California utilities from collecting money from ratepayers for natural gas utilities leak, either accidentally or intentionally.

Water, Land & Parks

Authored AB 313 in 2017, an eleventh hour jail break, which would have undermined the State Water Resources Control Board’s enforcement of water rights that protect the environment. The bill was ultimately vetoed by Governor Brown.

Refused to support AB 3030, an active bill, that supports national and international conservation efforts by setting a state target of conserving 30 percent of land, waters, and ocean by 2030 (the 30 by 30 movement).

Opposed AB 2954, an active bill, which will establish an overall climate goal for the state’s natural and working lands to sequester carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2019, opposed SB 1 which would have defended California from the Trump Administration’s attempts to rollback or environmental laws such as the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and workplace safety laws.

In 2019, opposed SB 307 which restored science-based decision-making to stop an environmentally disastrous project, the Cadiz Water Project, which would have pumped 16 billion gallons of water a year from a fragile desert aquifer in the Mojave desert.

In 2018, refused to support AB 1668, a drought adaptation policy that helps conserve water by mandating water utilities set and meet conservation targets. Additionally, the bill required agricultural water suppliers to plan for water efficiency and required the state to provide resources to small and rural water suppliers to plan for drought.

In 2018, refused to support SB 606, drought adaptation policy helps conserve water by mandating water utility suppliers to set and meet conservation targets.

In 2017, opposed SB 252 which created greater transparency in water well permitting within critically overdrafted water basins by requiring applicants for a new well to notify their neighbors and allow for public comment and a hearing to take place.

In 2016, refused to support SB 1386 which made it state policy that protecting and managing natural and working lands is important to meeting California’s climate-change goals, and directed all relevant state agencies to consider this policy when conducting their work.

Campaign Finance

Asm. Adam Gray has accepted oil industry contributions and consistently sides with the oil industry when voting.

Tell Adam Gray:

I OPPOSE efforts in the legislature to roll back critical environmental and health protections. We are in a public health crisis. I demand that our elected leaders protect our air, our water, our climate and our communities."