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AB 1573 Reaches a Stopping Point: The bill’s 2023 fate marks a victory for the status quo, but change is on the horizon.

Yesterday, at the request of Assemblymember Laura Friedman, AB 1573 entered the California Legislature’s  “inactive file,” therein ending its run this legislative season. The Assemblymember’s transformative legislation was derailed by last-minute amendments on Sep. 1 as it passed through the California Senate Appropriations Committee. Sponsored by CNPS, the bill would have implemented California’s first requirement for the inclusion of low-water native plants in public and commercial landscapes. It also offered an exciting new policy imperative that native plant landscaping be used at a large scale to support the web of life amid the global biodiversity crisis.