Thursday, September 1, 2016

AB 2348 (Levine) Sent to Governor Brown to Facilitate CalPERS CA Infrastructure Investment

In the last days of the 2015-16 Legislative Session with a bipartisan 28-11 vote, the Senate approved AB 2348 by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County), sending the bill directly to Governor Brown.  

This bill provides up to $330 billion in funding for California’s roads, highways, ports, schools, housing, water system and other public projects.  AB 2348 creates an opportunity for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) to work with the Department of Finance to identify guaranteed investments to fund California infrastructure projects. 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

$330 Billion Infrastructure Plan Advances To Governor With Bi-Partisan Support

In the last days of the 2015-16 Legislative Session, the Legislature has approved AB 2348 by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County), sending this landmark legislation directly to Governor Brown.  

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

SACRAMENTO –The California Legislature passed a bill to ensure that the state and its range of public agencies will not contract with businesses engaging in discriminatory boycotts against minority groups, including businesses that undermine California’s relationship with Israel. The State Assembly overwhelmingly passed AB 2844, the California Combating BDS Act, with a 69-1 vote, concurring with the State Senate, which passed the legislation by a vote of 34-1 on Aug. 24.

Opinion/Editorials

A large coalition of "goo-goos" – Capitol jargon for reform groups such as Common Cause and the League of Women Voters – wants the Legislature to shine the light of disclosure on those who provide "dark money" for political campaigns.

The state's Fair Political Practices Commission also wants the Legislature to crack down on those who contribute, or launder, money through misleadingly named "committees" that cloak their identities.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

SACRAMENTO — Summer is more than halfway over, which means the end of the 2016 boating season is almost here. Also coming to a close soon is the 2016 state legislative session. Accordingly a handful of bills that survived deliberations and votes on the assembly and senate floors are now en route to the governor’s desk for approval or veto.

Gov. Jerry Brown has already signed one boating-themed bill into law: Assembly Bill 1829 (AB 1829).

Monday, August 15, 2016

It was only a matter of time, but the “selfie” culture has made its way into the ballot box. 

The rising popularity of "ballot selfies" -- voters taking photos of themselves or their ballots while at the polls -- is now creating a legislative headache for states, many of which have laws on the books restricting voters from sharing ballot information or images.

Opinion/Editorials

Sacramento is working on a $3.1 billion bond measure to fix its budget-beleaguered park system.

Assemblyman Marc Levine, chairman of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee, held a special hearing in San Rafael to help build awareness and detail the need for the bonds.

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Firearms enthusiasts are taking aim at seven gun control bills Gov. Jerry Brown signed last month. But with little time to gather signatures for a referendum and no monetary help from the National Rifle Association, they could wind up inadvertently helping Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom make the case for his gun measure on the November ballot.

The newly formed group Veto Gunmageddon began circulating petitions Friday at gun stores and firing ranges across the state, seeking enough signatures to put the seven bills, which go into effect next year, to a popular vote -- most likely in November 2018.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Today is a big day for the Legislature. Both the Assembly and Senate Appropriations committees will meet and decide which bills escape their respective suspense files to be debated on the floor before the session concludes at the end of the month.

Opinion/Editorials

San Rafael officials are taking a hard look at the city’s resale inspection program, which has drawn criticism for its uneven performance and that it takes too much time to complete.

The program wound up in the political target when Assemblyman Marc Levine, a former San Rafael councilman, asked the state auditor to review its performance. The state audit also included Novato and Pasadena.

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