Today, Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) released the following statement regarding today’s legislative approval of critical legislation to manage groundwater.
“This is the most important water rights legislation in the last 100 years. Management of groundwater is long overdue,” said Levine. “Groundwater makes up 40% to 60% of California’s annual water use. There is no question that we need a plan to make sure that this critical resource is available for future generations. Managing our limited supply of water is in all of our best interest.”
Assemblymember Levine represents the 10th Assembly District, which includes Marin County and southern Sonoma County.
Assembly Approves SB 270 (Padilla)
Today by a vote of 45-30 the Assembly passed SB 270 (Padilla) to ban single-use plastic grocery bags in California. Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) released the following statement:
"I am proud to co-author this bill of historic significance,” said Assemblymember Levine. “Plastic bags are a dire threat to our environment, especially to marine life and ecosystems. This bill will help Californians transition to shopping with reusable grocery bags which are much safer for the environment."
SACRAMENTO – Bi-partisan legislation that would reinstate a property tax relief program for seniors and disabled people was approved in the Assembly floor and will now be considered by Governor Jerry Brown.
Assemblymembers Rich Gordon (D-Menlo Park), Jim Patterson (R-Fresno), and Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) introduced AB 2231 to reinstate the Senior Citizens and Disabled Citizens Property-Tax Postponement (PTP) Program which was eliminated from the budget in 2009. The program helped nearly 6,000 California seniors and disabled citizens to stay in their homes even when they couldn’t pay their property taxes, while generating $41 million in revenue for the state.
(Sacramento) – California State Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) stood on the floor of the Assembly to state his strong support for Senate Bill 270 (Padilla). Assemblymember Levine stated the clear evidence about the extraordinary damage single use plastic bags cause to our environment. Watch is Assembly Access Video to learn more.
After debating whether it would protect harmless civilians or confuse police officers, the California Assembly on Tuesday narrowly passed legislation requiring toy guns to be brightly colored.
The 41-34 vote came after the legislation fell short on two previous attempts. The bill now returns to the Senate for a final vote before potentially heading to Gov. Jerry Brown.
SACRAMENTO, CA – Legislation authored by Senators Kevin de Leόn (D-Los Angeles) and Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) to regulate the coloration of toy, imitation or “copycat” guns passed out of the Assembly today with a 45-31vote. The bill next returns to the Senate for concurrence before being sent to the Governor for consideration.
In an effort to prevent further tragedies involving toys being mistaken for real firearms, Senate Bill 199, the Imitation Firearm Safety Act, would amend California law to define an imitation firearm and what those imitations must look like to differentiate real guns from fake guns.
Assembly Bill 1537 Goes To The Governor
This morning, with a 63-0 unanimous and bipartisan vote the State Assembly approved AB 1537 by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael). This bill will designate Marin County as a suburban county, instead of metropolitan, for purposes of building affordable housing.
“This bill has enjoyed bipartisan support throughout the Legislature as lawmakers have recognized the need to fix this anomaly in California’s housing law,” said Levine. “It is important to me that housing is built in a manner that reflects the character of the communities in which we live. By appropriately designating Marin County as suburban, this bill will allow that to take place.”
(Sacramento) – California State Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) stood on the Assembly Floor in strong support of Assembly Joint Resolution 49 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego). AJR 49 passed the Assembly, and urges President Obama to use his executive powers to stop the deportation of immigrant children seeking shelter in the United States. These children are fleeing their homes to escape the violence in in Central America. Watch this Assembly Access Video to hear Assemblymember Levine’s call to action on AJR 49.
A state audit of the books of the Ross Valley Sanitary District should help put to rest any more questions about mismanagement of public dollars.
The district's former general manager has been in Marin County Jail for more than a year facing nine felony counts, among them misappropriation of public funds.
Brett Richards, who was the district's general manager from 2008 to 2012, is fighting the county's charges.
Assembly Bill 288 Requires Coastal Commission To Make Public Notices Available In Spanish
Yesterday, with a bipartisan 30-2 vote, the Senate approved AB 288 by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) and sent it to the Governor for his consideration. AB 288 requires the California Coastal Commission to make any notice of a public meeting available in both English and Spanish. It also authorizes the Commission to make notices available in any other language.
“Our coast is one of our most treasured natural resources. AB 288 recognizes that we want coastal access for all of us,” said Levine. “Actions taken by the Commission are important in each and every community in the state. This bill will increase the opportunity for Spanish-speaking Californians to become active in protecting the coast. This bill will encourage active participation by all Californians.”