Friday, September 2, 2016

There's a tired sports cliché that goes something like, "You can't stop him; you can only hope to contain him."

That's pretty much the situation when it comes to gridlock on Highway 101 in Marin County. It's not improving anytime soon — those cars aren't going anywhere — so the only thing left to do is try to manage it and make it somewhat less miserable.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Assemblymembers Jimmy Gomez (D – Los Angeles) and Marc Levine (D – Marin County) have committed to the California Clean Money Campaign and other political reform advocates that they will reintroduce a new California DISCLOSE Act on the first day of the legislative session to shine a light on Dark Money and require the true funders of political ads to be disclosed on the ads themselves.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Levine Authored AB 761 (2015), AB 2511 (2016), and AB 1092 (2013) To Fight Climate Change

Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County) released the following statement regarding Legislation to fight climate change:

“The nearly $1 billion in funding and associated policies continue to put California in the lead in the fight against climate change.  This legislative package provides vital funding for climate change priorities I have been pursuing in the last three years,” said Assemblymember Levine.  “Several environmentally beneficial policies I have pursued over the last several years are reflected in this legislative package.  These include policies to improve the health of soils, address massive tree die-off, and provide greater access to electric vehicles.”
Thursday, September 1, 2016

AB 2844 (Bloom) Sent to the Governor with Bipartisan Support from the Legislature

Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County), vice chair of the Legislative Jewish Caucus, released the following statement on this week’s passage of AB 2844 (Bloom).  This bill seeks to prevent discriminatory boycotts of Israel such as the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement.  In doing so, AB 2844 reinforces the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by Governor Jerry Brown and Prime Minister Natanyahu in 2014.

“The BDS movement is rooted in anti-Semitism and this legislation assures that such discrimination will not be rewarded with California tax dollars.  California is not a discriminatory state and we are proud of our relationship with Israel.  That relationship has been formalized by an MOU.  Under this MOU, Israeli engineers and scientists can help California solve some of our most pressing problems, especially in how we address California’s historic drought,” said Assemblymember Levine.  “It only makes sense that California should expect our vendors to honor that formal relationship and not discriminate against Israel.”

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.


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.