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(San Francisco) – Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) wants the people who spend “dark money” on elections to be held accountable so he’s introduced Assembly Bill 1494. AB 1494 would impose a tax on independent expenditures, which is campaign spending done by outside groups, instead of by candidates or party committees. The measure has drawn statewide attention for its reform-minded attempt to stanch the flow of so-called dark money in politics. KCBS Radio political reporter Doug Sovern spoke with Assemblymember Levine about his legislation and filed this report.

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(San Francisco) - Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael), along with several other lawmakers and small business owners, announced legislation at a State Capitol news conference that would allow the direct sale of up to three bottles of distilled spirits per person per day at the distillery. “States that have overturned prohibition-era laws have seen a booming craft distilling industry. Direct-to-consumer sales have been particularly beneficial for small distilleries,” said Levine. KGO Radio reporter Leslie Brinkley spoke with Assemblymember Levine about AB 1233 and filed these stories.

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(Sacramento) – The California Parks Forward Commission recently issued a report that lays out a two year action plan to modernize and upgrade the state’s parks. Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael), chair of the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife, says the Parks Forward Commission report represents a collaborative effort to create a sustainable system for our magnificent State Parks. Capitol Public Radio reporter Ben Adler interviewed Assemblymember Levine about the Parks Forward report. His story was broadcast on KRCB radio. You and hear the story here: (2:29)

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(San Francisco) – Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) says he’s wants to make sure “on time” bonuses for the contractors building the new span of the Bay Bridge don’t become an incentive to shortchange safety. KCBS Radio interviewed Assemblymember Levine about the potential conflict and filed this story:

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(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) has authored Assembly Bill158 – which would prohibit a store with more than $2 million in annual sales or retailers with more than 10,000 square feet of floor space that also have a pharmacy from providing single-use plastic bags to customers. Plastic bags and plastic film together represent 2.2% of the waste stream and these bags take more than 1,000 years to breakdown. By banning single-use plastic bags, AB 158 will reduce the environmental and economic impacts of single-use bag pollution for inland and coastal communities throughout the state. Latitude News took a close look at the proposal and the issue. (11:57)