Thursday, May 23, 2013

(Sacramento) -- During a recent floor debate Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) urged his fellow lawmakers to approve Assembly Bill 711, legislation to phase out the use of lead-based ammo for hunting. 60,000 metric tons of lead is used to manufacture ammunition every year in the United States. Scientists say that lead-based ammunition is the greatest, largely unregulated source of lead knowingly discharged into the environment in the U.S. Assemblymember Levine told his colleagues "We have had a federal law for over 20 years prohibiting lead ammunition for hunting water fowl and in the eight counties where lead ammunition has been prohibited since 2007, deer hunting has increased." Here's more in this Assembly Access video.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Assembly Bill 253 Allows Owners of Richardson Bay Floating Homes to Purchase Marina

The Assembly today unanimously approved legislation by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) to allow the residents of a floating home marina to create a condominium association for the purpose of purchasing their marina.

“When a floating home marina is up for sale, those with the most at stake are those who call the marina home,” said Levine. “AB 253 is straightforward legislation that simply allows owners of floating homes to come together to protect their residences.  I am glad that this legislation has thus far met with bipartisan and unanimous support.”

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Budget Subcommittee #3 Requires Caltrans to Work with Local Wildlife and Aviary Organizations

Today Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) testified before the Assembly Budget Subcommittee #3 on Resources and Transportation which approved his request that the 2013-14 State Budget include the following requirement for Caltrans relative to the Highway 101 Marin Sonoma Narrows Project:

Prior to any construction activities at the U.S. Highway 101 Petaluma bridge or the State Highway 116 (Lakeville Highway) Petaluma River bridge, during the 2014 migratory season, the Department shall meet with local conservation and community organizations having expertise in local migratory birds, and with regulatory agencies as well, to determine the most appropriate means of achieving full compliance with applicable state and federal laws protecting migratory birds and other wild life. 

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Three bills by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) were approved Thursday by the full Assembly.

“I am pleased that these bills were approved and sent on to the Senate,” said Levine. “This legislation is important to our communities and I am proud to work on these critical issues in the Legislature.” AB 767 funds vehicle theft prevention programs and is jointly sponsored by the California State Sheriff’s Association and the Police Chiefs Association. “These programs are remarkably successful,” said Levine. “In 2012 for every dollar collected under this program, law enforcement recovered nearly $5 in stolen assets.” AB 767 passed by a 47-25 vote.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Three measures by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) were approved today by the full Assembly. 

“I am pleased that these bills were approved and sent on to the Senate,” said Levine.  “This legislation is important to our communities and I am proud to work on these critical issues in the Legislature.”

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) released the following statement about today’s release of the May Revision to the Governor’s 2013-14 State Budget Proposal:

“The May Revision provides reason for cautious optimism.  Revenues are up in the short term, but growth is not as fast as any of us would like,” said Levine.  “It is important that this budget continue to reflect our priorities.  These priorities include creating long-term fiscal sustainability, increasing funding for education from kindergarten through college, and implementing the Affordable Care Act.  There is a lot of work ahead of us, but I believe this Budget will come to be seen as the light at the end of the economic tunnel.”

Assemblymember Levine represents the 10th Assembly District which includes Marin County and southern Sonoma County.

Monday, May 13, 2013

NORTH BAY — Legislation has been introduced that could significantly help grape growers and other farmers in the region utilize an additional resource for securing water during the dry season.

Assembly Bill 1200, introduced by Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, and sponsored by the Sonoma County Water Agency, would establish a pilot project that would permit the agency to study the impacts of using recycled rain water for use in watering crops.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Assembly Bill 747 Transfers Part of Tiburon Blvd. from Caltrans to the Town of Tiburon

Thursday the Assembly approved AB 747 by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) by a 76-0 vote.  This bill will allow for the state to turn over a portion of Highway 131 (Tiburon Blvd.) to the Town of Tiburon if it is mutually beneficial. 

“If the relinquishment moves forward, AB 747 would provide the town with greater control over the road,” said Assemblymember Levine. “This bill will also relieve the state of any further responsibility for improvements, maintenance, repairs, and liability on that segment.  This is a win for both the State of California and the Town of Tiburon.”

Friday, May 10, 2013

Assembly Bill 1352 Bolsters Court Funding by Reducing Records Retention Costs

This week the Assembly Appropriations Committee passed AB 1352 by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) with unanimous bipartisan support. AB 1352 authorizes local courts to eliminate unused records and reduce storage costs.

“I have met with judges and attorneys who all tell a story of substantial delays in justice because the courts are woefully underfunded.  This bill provides the courts an opportunity to save significant dollars through efficiency,” said Levine. “While more needs to be done to fully fund the courts, this bill provides some much needed fiscal relief.  Any dollar that the courts spend needlessly storing old and unneeded records is a dollar that is unavailable for other vital court functions.”

Opinion/Editorials

An open letter to California Governor Jerry Brown. For background details on how we got here, why I'm begging the Governor of California to step in and stop the animal cruelty please read "The Failure to Protect Federally Protected Birds."

CalTrans and their subcontractor, C.C. Myers are continuing to kill federally protected birds, and there isn't a state or federal agency willing to stop them.

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