Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Existing Law Allows Unlimited Contributions to Candidates by Political Parties

Today Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County) announced that when the Legislature reconvenes in December he will introduce legislation to close the loophole that circumvents campaign contribution limits.  This loophole allows unlimited contributions to political parties and allows the parties to make unlimited contributions to candidate campaigns.

“Sacramento needs to stop finger pointing at Washington to reverse Citizen’s United and start taking steps here in California to stop unlimited campaign contributions that lack disclosure,” said Assemblymember Levine.  “We need to look ourselves in the mirror and stop waiting for Congress, where we know nothing will get done.”

Thursday, October 6, 2016

The state just became the fourth to pass a law making it legal to swap seeds and collect them in non-commercial libraries.

Free seed libraries, swaps, and exchanges increase access to local food and can play a large role in both expanding and preserving biodiversity. Yet for almost 80 years, these non-commercial operations have been running afoul of the law.

That’s because the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Federal Seed Act mandates that any activity involving non-commercial distribution of seed be labeled, permitted, and tested according to industrial regulations that would be both costly and burdensome to the over 460 estimated seed libraries operating in 46 states.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Firearms Policy Coalition Released Legislative Report Card

Today Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County) issued the following statement after the Firearms Policy Coalition released its 2016 California Legislative Report Card.  The Coalition gave Levine the ranking of “Tyrant” for combatting gun violence by authoring legislation to take assault weapons off California streets.  Assemblymember Levine authored AB 1135 to close a loophole in law that allows gun manufacturers to use “bullet buttons” to evade the assault weapons ban in California.

“I authored a law to make our streets, neighborhoods, and communities safer.  AB 1135 strengthens the nation’s first assault weapons ban.  If this makes me a ‘Tyrant’, then I am guilty as charged,” said Assemblymember Marc Levine.  “The Firearms Policy Coalition has failed to defeat gun violence prevention legislation at every step: In the Legislature, on the Governor’s desk, at the ballot, and in the courts.  And now the Firearms Policy Coalition has taken to name calling.  This Trump-like approach to advocacy is dangerous to California.”

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

LOS ANGELES -- Nikki DuBose, a former model turned author, speaker, and mental health advocate, announced today the release of her memoir, Washed Away: From Darkness to Light. In Washed Away, Nikki recounts her experiences navigating the dark side of the modeling industry, while battling abuse, addiction, and various mental health issues. In the book trailer, she mentions the sexual abuse she encountered, including having been raped by a photographer, and the pressure she felt to lose weight.

Monday, October 3, 2016

It is apparent that Gov. Jerry Brown doesn’t always listen to the advice I offer freely through commentaries on this page. With the governor finishing the Herculean task of deciding on over 1000 bills, I looked over past articles I wrote for this site on specific bills to see if my suggestions were followed. Of nine bills, the governor and I were on the same side only three times.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Next time you pull on a pair of jeans, you won’t just be embracing casual fashion. You’ll also be honoring California.

Denim has officially entered the pantheon of official state symbols, with Gov. Jerry Brown signing legislation declaring the material the California state fabric.

Friday, September 30, 2016

(San Rafael, CA) – California State Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County), Chair of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee convened an informational hearing entitled, “Investing in California’s Future:  Facilitating Parks and Outdoor Access for All.”  Joined by Assemblymember Edward Garcia (D-Coachella) and a host of park, facility and outdoor experts and advocates, to discuss investing in California’s parks, waterways and open spaces.  Assembly Bill 2444 (E.Garcia), the California Water, Climate, Coastal Protection and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2016 was discussed at length as a means to invest bond money into California’s natural and recreational resources.  Watch this Assembly Access Video to hear from Assemblymember Levine and the other speakers.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Ballot Selfie

AB 1494 (Levine) Protects Political Speech

Thursday, September 29, 2016

SACRAMENTO — California will overhaul its election system beginning in 2018 so that voters have more options on when and where to cast their ballots in future elections, under a bill Gov. Jerry Brown signed Thursday.

SB450 by Sen. Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica, and Sen. Robert Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, allows counties to opt into the new system, and if they do, those counties would be required to mail all voters a ballot that can be cast at voting centers up to 10 days before election day. The ballots can also be returned by mail.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Ballot booth selfies will soon be legal in California – although not in time for the November elections.

Governor Jerry Brown today signed off on an exception to a law prohibiting voters to show marked ballots, which is meant to discourage vote-selling.