Press Release

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

(Sacramento, CA) – As leaders from around the world convene a climate change summit in the Bay Area, Assemblymember Marc Levine on Tuesday announced an infusion of state grant money to help Marin County dairies expand their methane-control efforts.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture awarded nearly $1.4 million in cap-and-trade funds to a pair of Marin dairies to support “alternative manure management” programs. McClelland Dairy received about $750,000 and Deniz Dairy received about $615,000.

Friday, August 31, 2018

(Sacramento, CA) – Californians visiting state parks and beaches could expect smoke-free picnic areas thanks to a new bill that lawmakers sent to Governor Jerry Brown for a signature on Friday.

Assembly Bill 1097, authored by Assemblymember Marc Levine, D-Marin County, would prohibit smoking in designated picnic areas in state parks and beaches.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Think Progress

By E.A. Cruden

One of the worst wildfire periods in California’s history is slowly winding down, with the majority of the state’s deadly fires now contained or nearly under control.

Of the 16 wildfires that tore through the state earlier this month, all but five are now contained. That includes the Mendocino Complex fire, which burned for a month and is now the worst wildfire in California’s recorded history. That fire is a complex of two fires, the Ranch fire and the River fire, both of which began burning in July.


Thursday, August 30, 2018

Los Angeles Times

By Patrick McGreevy

After more than a decade of attempts to ban smoking at California beaches and parks, environmentalists have advanced new legislation to prevent lighting up in certain public places.

The proposals, approved Thursday by the Senate, now go to Gov. Jerry Brown, who vetoed three previous bills on the issue.

Supporters feel this year’s devastating wildfires have bolstered their argument and given their proposals new urgency.

Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) emphasized the fire-related need for the legislation during floor debate in the Assembly.

“The 2017 California wildfire season was the most destructive one on record, and the 2018 season is not off to a great start,” Levine said. “This bill is a common-sense approach to lower the risk of forest fires and will help curb pollution.”

Thursday, August 30, 2018

(Sacramento, CA) – Just two months after the Centers for Disease Control announced suicide death rates have risen significantly since the late 1990s, and following the tragic losses of fashion designer Kate Spade and chef Anthony Bourdain, lawmakers sent Governor Jerry Brown Assembly Bill 1436 by Assemblymember Marc Levine that would require marriage and family therapists, educational psychologists and other mental health professionals to receive suicide prevention training.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

(Sacramento, CA) – With strong bipartisan support, the state legislature on Wednesday sent Governor Jerry Brown a bill that could combat sexual harassment and eating disorders in the entertainment industry.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Bay Area News Group

By George Avalos

State legislation designed to curb efforts by PG&E and other utility behemoths to saddle consumers with costs triggered by a company’s negligence has been approved by the Legislature and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown.

Senate Bill 819, authored by state Sen. Jerry Hill, would prohibit utilities from passing costs that result from the company’s negligence along to ratepayers in the form of higher monthly gas and electricity bills.

In recent months, PG&E has embarked on a crusade, led by Chief Executive Officer Geisha Williams, to pressure politicians in Sacramento to craft legislative packages that would ease the company’s financial exposure to lethal disasters such as the wildfires that torched Wine Country in October, as well as to pave a smoother path to shovel the financial costs onto ratepayers.