Sacramento moves ahead on proposal to ban plastic grocery bags

A Sacramento City Council subcommittee moved forward Tuesday with drafting an ordinance to ban single-use plastic shopping bags at large grocery stores in the city.

The council's Law and Legislation Committee directed city staff to begin working on the ordinance, which will eventually return to the committee before being voted on by the City Council.

Levine Legislation Helps Law Enforcement Fight Vehicle Theft

Assembly Bill 767 Allows Counties to Increase Funding for Vehicle Theft Prevention Programs

Today Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) introduced legislation authorizing counties to increase funding for vehicle theft abatement programs. Under this bill, counties could 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.”

Sacramento council committee to debate plastic bag ban today

A Sacramento City Council subcommittee will take its first look today at a possible ban on plastic shopping bags at large grocery stores in the city.

The city's Law and Legislation Committee is expected to ask city staff to begin drafting an ordinance that would ban the bags and place a 5 cent or 10 cent charge on paper shopping bags. The process of approving an ordinance by the City Council would likely take at least two months.

Sacramento council committee to debate plastic bag ban today

A Sacramento City Council subcommittee will take its first look today at a possible ban on plastic shopping bags at large grocery stores in the city.

The city's Law and Legislation Committee is expected to ask city staff to begin drafting an ordinance that would ban the bags and place a 5 cent or 10 cent charge on paper shopping bags. The process of approving an ordinance by the City Council would likely take at least two months.

Levine Introduces Legislation Establishing Strict Fracking Safety Standard

Assembly Bill 288 Seeks to "Trust but Verify" that Fracking is Safe

Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) introduced AB 288 today to provide that hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" will be approved in California only if the oil industry can prove that it poses no threat to public health and safety.

"Oil industry executives are publicly drinking what they claim to be fracking fluids to show it is safe. Yet, they still refuse to provide regulators with any information that proves that fracking presents no threat to public health and safety," said Levine.

Could a ban on plastic bags be fatal?

San Francisco passed America's "first-in-the-nation" ban on plastic bags in chain grocery stores and drugstores in 2007. In a research paper for the Wharton School Institute for Law and Economics, law professors Jonathan Klick and Joshua Wright crunched state and federal data on emergency room admissions and food-borne-illness deaths and figured that the San Francisco ban "led to an increase in infections immediately upon implementation."

Levine Floats Legislation for Richardson Bay

Assembly Bill 253 Allows Owners of Floating Homes to Purchase Marina

Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) announced today he has introduced legislation which would allow the residents of a floating home marina to create a condominium association for the purpose of purchasing their marina.

"When a floating home marina is up for sale, those with the most at stake are those who call the marina home," said Levine. "AB 253 is straightforward legislation that simply allows owners of floating homes to come together to protect their residences."

Editorial : Levine’s State Plastic bag ban bill a good step

MARC LEVINE didn't mess around with the first piece of legislation he has co-authored in the Assembly.

Assembly Bill 158 would ban plastic bags in California by 2015. The San Rafael Democrat is one of several co-authors.