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Assemblywoman Melendez resigns from position in Republican Caucus

RIVERSIDE – Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, resigned Thursday from her position as assistant leader of the Assembly’s Republican Caucus, saying she could no longer serve alongside its leader, Assemblyman Chad Mayes, because of his decision to vote to extend the state’s cap-and-trade system.
“Californians are struggling to make ends meet and, unfortunately, what I have witnessed by the Assembly Republican leader is a dereliction of duty to preserve and promote the American Dream for every single Californian,” Melendez said. “Assemblyman Mayes’ actions on cap-and-trade demonstrate we no longer share the same leadership principles.”
The assemblywoman said she will continue to “fight for a more affordable and decent California – a place where every Californian knows their child will have a better life than their own.”
In response to Melendez’s announcement, Mayes, R-Rancho Mirage, released a statement thanking her for her service and vowing to stay “focused on moving the caucus forward.”
On Monday night, Mayes joined Republican Assembly members Catharine Baker, Rocky Chavez, Jordan Cunningham, Heath Flora, Devon Mathis and Marc Steinorth in voting for Assembly Bill 398, which extended the cap-and-trade mechanisms established under AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. Instead of sunsetting at the end of 2020, AB 398 continues cap-and-trade until Dec. 31, 2030.
The seven GOP votes helped deliver the two-thirds support necessary for the legislation to reach Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk.
AB 398 requires oil refiners, producers and transporters, as well as utilities and manufacturers, to purchase emissions credits in a state-managed marketplace to offset their alleged polluting activity.
Critics of the cap-and-trade system say the costs incurred by the entities are passed on to consumers, who pay more for gasoline and electricity.
A letter to the governor signed and sent last week by a number of Republican lawmakers expressed concern that cap-and-trade will push pump prices up 63 cents per gallon by 2021, and 73 cents per gallon by 2031.
Supporters counter that cap-and-trade regulations contribute to a cleaner environment, and that monies generated in the carbon credit auctions pay for affordable housing projects, public transportation projects and various programs with a green theme.
Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, D-Coachella, who carried AB 398, said the legislation aims to “address vital public health and air quality issues.”
The bill is expected to be signed into law by the governor next week.
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