NORTH BAY — Legislation has been introduced that could significantly help grape growers and other farmers in the region utilize an additional resource for securing water during the dry season.
Assembly Bill 1200, introduced by Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, and sponsored by the Sonoma County Water Agency, would establish a pilot project that would permit the agency to study the impacts of using recycled rain water for use in watering crops.
SACRAMENTO -- A joint informational hearing is being scheduled for next week on how California agriculture can help the state meet its air quality goals.
Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, chairwoman of the Assembly Select Committee on Sustainable and Organic Agriculture, and Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, chairwoman of the Assembly Select Committee on Agriculture and the Environment, will hold the hearing.
Assembly Bill 767 Increases Funding for Vehicle Theft Prevention Programs
Today the Assembly Committee on Local Government approved AB 767 by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) to authorize counties to increase funding for vehicle theft abatement programs. Under this bill, counties may increase their local vehicle registration surcharge from $1 to $2 per vehicle to directly fund these law enforcement programs.
“AB 767 gives local law enforcement agencies the tools they need to fight vehicle theft in their communities,” said Assemblymember Levine. “As thieves become more creative in how they carry out their crimes, law enforcement needs sufficient funding to protect those they serve.”
Advocates of single-use plastic bag bans are hopeful about a bill introduced by Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael.
Levine's bill would create a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags in large grocery stores and pharmacies. It's one of the first pieces of legislation Levine, a former San Rafael city councilman, worked on after taking his seat in Sacramento representing Marin.
After several years failing to gain support from legislators, a statewide ban on single-use plastic grocery bags cleared its first major hurdle.
The Assembly Natural Resources Committee last week passed AB 158, authored by Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, which would place a ban on the plastic grocery bags by 2015.
The town of Tiburon is moving a step closer to taking over the downtown section of Tiburon Boulevard from the state, which has overseen the road — also known as Highway 131 — for more than 50 years.
At the request of town officials, Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, has introduced a bill authorizing state highway commissioners to transfer the downtown section of the boulevard to the town. The bill, AB 747, will be discussed at an Assembly transportation committee hearing April 15.
Assemblyman Marc Levine will hold office hours in Petaluma this weekend.
Levine was elected in November to represent the newly drawn 10th District, which spans Marin County, part of Santa Rosa and portions of western and southern Sonoma County.
Assemblymember Marc Levine will be holding office hours in Petaluma on Saturday, March 16.
Assemblymember Levine will be available from 1pm to 3pm at the Petaluma Library. No appointments are necessary.
“As your Assemblymember, I deeply value input from community members and believe it’s important that I make myself available to hear citizens from across Marin and Sonoma counties voice their concerns. I also realize that because of their very busy schedules, some constituents may have difficulty reaching out to me during regular business hours at my District and Capitol offices,” Levine said.
With the Petaluma National Little League players, coaches, and families in the Chamber and gallery, Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) and the State Assembly today on the floor of the Assembly recognized the amazing success of the Petaluma team in 2012.
“We are all very proud of this team, and their accomplishments on and off the field,” said Levine. “It was an honor to bring them to the State Capitol to commemorate the players, coaches, and families. Petaluma’s strong sense of community, talent, and determination were on display today in the California State Assembly.”
MARIN-SONOMA Assemblyman Marc Levine made the national news. The San Rafael Democrat was a guest on Fox & Friends. He was interviewed by the conservative news channel's morning co-host Gretchen Carlson, who described California as "the so-called Nanny State." She quizzed Levine on his legislation to ban smoking in condominiums.
Being on GOP-oriented Fox scores Levine a point with Republicans who formed a key component of his electoral majority in last November's top-two Assembly run-off. Simultaneously he pleased liberals for proposing a law further restricting tobacco smoke. That's called a win-win.