Although the Tea Party\u2019s influence appears to be waning in Sacramento, the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources passed bills April 16 aimed at tempering state requirements to make the state more business-friendly and streamline project permitting. \u201cIt\u2019s getting people to work a little quicker,\u201d Assemblymember Steve Knight (R-Palmdale) said. These measures passed the committee: AB 1549--Authored by Assemblymember Mike Gatto (D-Burbank) and supported by the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, the legislation creates what Gatto called \u201cone-stop shopping\u201d for permits. He added that it does not, however, affect the California Environmental Quality Act. It consolidates municipal permitting authorities under the governor\u2019s Office of Planning & Research. The vote was 8-1. AB 2161--By Assemblymember Katcho Achadjian (R-San Luis Obispo) allows the county to receive renewable energy planning grants from the California Energy Commission. \u201cBeing able to apply for this money would help move things along,\u201d said Achadjian. Up to 750 MW of new alternative energy projects are eligible for planning grants. It passed committee 8-1. AB 2196--A non-permit-related bill by Assemblymember Wes Chesbro (D-North Coast) tweaks the state\u2019s renewables portfolio standard for biogas to keep projects in other states from easily getting credits for renewable energy in California. It overturns the California Energy Commission\u2019s late March decision to deny new biomethane projects renewable status. Several municipal power agencies have new biomethane deals for which they expected renewable energy points. At the same time, the Energy Commission questions the legitimacy of far-away biomethane projects. Legislators and lobbyists noted a number of cases in which gas from out-of-state facilities with credits doesn\u2019t reach California. Chesbro\u2019s bill directs the Energy Commission to work with the California Air Resources Board to more clearly define the renewable attributes of biogas\/biomethane. \u201cIt\u2019s local environmental benefits,\u201d we want, Matt Freedman, The Utility Reform Network attorney, said. Pasadena and Burbank support the legislation, noting they each have significant landfill gas projects. The vote was 7-1.