AB 2098 (Levine) Signed Into Law Today
Today, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. signed into law AB 2098 (Levine) to require that courts consider service induced mental illness when sentencing Veterans.
“I thank Governor Brown for his support of our Veterans,” said Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael). “Veterans dealing with PTSD deserve much more support and care than they are currently receiving. When they go without needed mental health treatment and then commit a crime, the courts must consider this fact prior to sentencing.”
Governor Brown signs AB 1163 (Levine)
Today, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. signed into law AB 1163 by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) to bring financial expertise to the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) into law. The bill will require CalPERS board members to receive 24 hours of financial training every two years.
“The CalPERS board currently oversees nearly $300 billion in assets and serves 1.68 million public employees and retirees. These workers, retirees and the public need a board with the expertise to make sound financial decisions that protect pensions and the taxpayers’ investment,” said Levine. “I thank Governor Brown for his ongoing leadership on this issue and look forward to continuing the work of improving the financial standing of CalPERS.”
AB 1163 (Chapter 140, Statutes 2014) requires CalPERS board members to receive specified financial education. Additionally the bill requires board member compliance to be made publicly available on the CalPERS website.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he has signed a bill requiring board members of California's public pension fund to receive investment-related training every two years, even though the fund already requires such education.
AB1163 by Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, originally was introduced as a way to meet Brown's request to "bring financial sophistication" to the California Public Employees' Retirement System's 13-member board, which is dominated by public employees and labor union representatives.
Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) issued the following statement after U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney declared today that the state's capital punishment law is unconstitutional.
“I do not entirely agree with the reasoning of this ruling, but I do agree that the death penalty is a failed system that must be scrapped. The death penalty is the most expensive and ineffective system of justice imaginable. I believe we need life imprisonment for these criminals with no opportunity for parole. This is a penalty that is final and certain.”
Vinos rejoice ... sort of. Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill on July 8 allowing patrons to participate in wine tastings at farmers markets offered by winemakers who bottle their own product. Both houses of the Legislature approved the bill without dissent and the bill will be put into effect immediately.
But this doesn't mean you'll be getting drunk on your grocery run. AB-2488, written by Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, states there is a daily 3-ounce limit per person. It also states that the tasting areas are to be roped off to a separate part of the market and that only one winery can conduct a tasting at a time. A winery is also allowed to offer tastings only one day a week at a farmers market.
In a decision that could wipe California's death penalty off the books, a Los Angeles federal judge has declared the state's capital punishment law unconstitutional because of the decades death row inmates must inevitably wait before execution.
Calling the state's death penalty system "dysfunctional" and beyond repair, U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney concluded that death sentences in California have been transformed into "life in prison, with the remote possibility of death."
Law Allowing Wine and Cider Tasting at Certified Farmers’ Markets Takes Effect Immediately
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has signed into law AB 2488 by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael). The bill immediately allows limited wine and cider tasting at certified farmers’ markets.
“I thank Governor Brown for his signature on this legislation,” Levine said. “The farmers’ market shopping experience involves tasting the products. AB 2488 is a common sense solution that simply allows tastings at certified farmers’ markets where winemakers are already allowed to sell their products.”
Have the desire to taste wine at a farmers market?
Now you can, after Gov. Jerry Brown this week signed legislation by Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, allowing wine and cider tasting at certified farmers markets.
Until yesterday, it had been been illegal in California for wineries to offer tastings at farmers markets.
Jerry Brown signed a measure that allows wineries that grow and bottle their own grapes to offer tastings at farmers markets. Now, you can try that $25 dollar bottle of organic local wine before buying, and that's important for both customers and the wineries.
Next time you're wending your way through the local farmers market, be sure to bring a plastic cup to taste the liquid fruit of the grape.
That's the message from Gov. Jerry Brown, who signed an urgency measure allowing winemakers to conduct wine tastings at the gatherings, assuming that they bottle their own wares.