On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act. The law puts in place comprehensive health insurance reforms that will roll out over the next few years. The Affordable Care Act will protect consumers, make coverage more affordable, and expand health care access. Starting January 2014, most Americans will be required to have health insurance or pay a penalty.
The traffic in the North Bay is some of the most congested in Northern California. For example, the evening commute gridlock on the approach to the Richmond - San Rafael Bridge backs up for several miles onto both Northbound and Southbound Highway 101.
AB 253 (Chapter 432 of 2013) “Allows Owners of Floating Homes to Purchase Marina”
Generally, floating home marinas are privately owned and charge homeowners monthly berthage fees. Should a marina owner want to sell the marina, AB 253 simply allows for a homeowners group to purchase the marina. This legislation also benefits marina owners who want to sell their marina by providing them with a potential buyer that has a vested interest in the marina.
ABx2-4 "Managed Care Organization Tax"
ABx2-4 creates a stable source of funding for Medi-Cal, In-Home Supportive Services, and Developmental Services by creating a flat tax of $7.88 per person for Managed Care Organization health systems.
AB 79 will eliminate coal-fired electricity by 2026.
(Sacramento)- Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County) introduced AB 79 which tasks the California Energy Commission (CEC) with tapering California off of coal-fired generation resources. This legislation ensures that by January 2018 no more than 6 percent of electricity consumed in California is generated from coal, that no more than 3 percent is used by 2024, and eliminates the use of coal-generated energy from California by 2026. In addition, the bill prohibits entities from entering into a financial commitment to procure coal-fired electricity after 2026.
(Sacramento)- Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County) toured the Adelanto Detention Facility this past Friday, December 16, 2016. Adelanto has the capacity to house approximately 2,000 federal immigration adult detainees and currently houses 1,742 detainees. The facility houses adult males, females and does not house children. The Federal Government has a memorandum regarding “Policies for the Apprehension, Detention and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants” which establishes policies for enforcement, detention, and removal of detainees at detention facilities. Trump’s administration has the power to change and expand the priorities outlined in the memorandum.
“President–elect Trump has repeatedly voiced his threat to deport as many as 3 million immigrants. We must act to ensure the Trump administration does not cast a wider net to purge the United States of its immigrant communities,” said Assemblymember Marc Levine. “Immigration law is largely within the jurisdiction of the Federal Government. California has the power to protect immigrants. I will continue to author legislation and pursue policies that advocate for the fair treatment of all immigrants.”
Last week the California Legislature reconvened to begin the 2017-18 Legislative Session. As I was taking the oath of office, I could not help but think about the great honor of serving the beautiful communities of the North Bay and about the incredible challenges facing California.