Cap and trade law vs. agriculture focus of Assembly hearing

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.

Levine Bill Helping Law Enforcement Fight Vehicle Theft Passes Committee

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.”

Assemblymember Levine Online Education Bills Approved by Committee

The Assembly Higher Education Committee approved AB 386 and AB 387 to improve access and accountability for online education at the California State University

Today, the Assembly Higher Education Committee unanimously approved Assembly Bill 386 & Assembly Bill 387 by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael). These companion measures are aimed at expanding access and improving accountability for online education at the California State University (CSU).

“While our state moves forward with online education it is important to ensure that we are utilizing existing resources to their fullest capacity,” said Levine.

Levine Comments on Governor’s Higher Education Funding Proposal

Tomorrow, the Governor’s office will present a spending proposal to the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance. The spending proposal will link future university funding to strict performance outcomes. Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) provided this statement on the Governor’s proposal.

“Given the fiscal constraints California is facing, I appreciate the Governor’s desire to account for every dollar we spend, but it is important to focus on the details of the proposal,” said Levine.

State ban on plastic bags clears legislative committee

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.

Upfront: Plastic bag ban inflating in Sacto

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.

Levine Comments on CDC Report Calling for an End to Smoking in Subsidized Housing

Assembly Bill 746 (Levine) Will Be Heard Tomorrow and Would Prohibit Smoking in Multi-Family Dwellings

Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) commented on a CDC report released today and published by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, which concluded that making subsidized housing in the U.S. smokefree would yield cost-savings of approximately $521 million per year.

Levine is the author of AB 746 which will prohibit smoking in apartments and condominiums. This bill is set to be heard tomorrow in the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee. Nearly 80% of the 79 million Americans who live in multi-family housing do not allow smoking in their homes. Yet 35% of them claim that second hand smoke still infiltrated their homes.

Making Apartments and Condos Smoke-free

Anybody who has lived in an apartment or condominium knows about the downsides of living so close to your neighbors. When walls, floors, ceilings or balconies are shared, so are loud noises, unpleasant smells, and even deadly cigarette smoke. Drifting secondhand smoke poses health concerns for even the healthiest residents, but can you imagine the effects on a child with asthma, or a senior with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)? Families living in multi-unit housing understand the adverse effects all too well.

Levine Legislation Sails Through First Committee

Assembly Bill 253 Allows Owners of Floating Homes to Purchase Marina

The Assembly Local Government Committee today unanimously approved legislation by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) to 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. I am glad that this legislation was met with bipartisan and unanimous support in its first committee hearing.”