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.

Governor's remarks on environmental law spark mixed reactions in Marin

In a statement issued after Brown's speech, Marin Assemblyman Marc Levine did not mention the environmental act. He praised the speech as a whole, which had upbeat tone and touched in issues including education, climate change, jobs, the proposed San Joaquin Delta tunnels, high-speed rail and implementation of President Barack Obama's health care law.

Lawmaker pushing California-wide plastic bag ban

Assemblyman Marc Levine, in his first piece of legislation, is calling for banning plastic grocery bags throughout California, starting in 2015.

Levine, D-San Rafael, introduced Assembly Bill 158 on Tuesday, reviving a similar bill that got stuck in a Senate committee last year after it faced criticism from plastic bag manufacturers and grocers.

Levine Comments on 2013 State of the State Address

Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) made the following statement after Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. delivered his 2013 State of the State Address this morning:

“The Governor’s message was right on as California comes out of the Great Recession and again heads down the road to economic growth and prosperity,” said Levine.  “California is boldly leading the way on innovation, business, the environment, renewable energy, and agriculture.  We are improving our K-12 education system and are committed to fulfilling the promise of higher education being accessible to all California students.  But the work is far from complete. It will take leadership and collaboration at all levels of government to meet these challenges.  The State of the State provides a clear vision of what lies ahead.”

Assemblymember Levine represents the 10th Assembly District which includes Marin County and southern Sonoma County.

Plastic Bag Ban Returns for Consideration

Asm. Mark Levine, the upstart challenger from Marin County who was elected to the Assembly, is now carrying the plastic bag bill that former Asm. (Now Congresswoman) Julia Brownley carried in the previous session. 

Assemblyman Levine sets out to ban plastic bags in California

Assemblyman Marc Levine, in his first piece of legislation, is calling for banning plastic grocery bags throughout California, starting in 2015.

Levine, D-San Rafael, introduced Assembly Bill 158 on Tuesday, reviving a similar bill that got stuck in a Senate committee last year after it faced criticism from plastic bag manufacturers and grocers.