Thursday, February 28, 2013

Today at the State Capitol, Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-San Rafael), in partnership with the California Healthcare Institute (CHI), presented a House resolution recognizing Feb. 28, 2013 as Rare Disease Day.

“On this 30th anniversary of the Orphan Drug Act, we recognize the need for continued incentives for biomedical innovators to bring much needed treatments to patients in need,” Levine said.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Today at the State Capitol, Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-San Rafael), in partnership with the California Healthcare Institute (CHI), presented a House resolution recognizing Feb. 28, 2013 as Rare Disease Day.

“On this 30th anniversary of the Orphan Drug Act, we recognize the need for continued incentives for biomedical innovators to bring much needed treatments to patients in need,” Levine said.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Assembly member Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) has introduced a bill (AB 746) that would prohibit smoking and tobacco use in multi-family housing arrangements, like condominiums, duplexes and apartment units, with the goal of eliminating exposure to harmful secondhand smoke. The bill is believed to be first of its kind nationally to ban smoking in certain private homes.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Assembly Bill 767 Allows Counties to Increase Funding for Vehicle Theft Prevention Programs

Today Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) introduced legislation authorizing counties to increase funding for vehicle theft abatement programs. Under this bill, counties could increase their local vehicle registration surcharge from $1 to $2 per vehicle to directly fund these law enforcement programs.

“AB 767 gives local law enforcement agencies the tools they need to fight vehicle theft in their communities,” said Assemblymember Levine. “As thieves become more creative in how they carry out their crimes, law enforcement needs sufficient funding to protect those they serve.”

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Assembly Bill 746 Will Prohibit Smoking in Apartment Buildings and Condominiums

Today Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) introduced legislation to prohibit smoking in multi-family homes. AB 746 is sponsored by the American Lung Association in California.

"Californians should be able to breathe clean air in their own homes," said Assemblymember Levine. "In apartments or condominiums, whenever a neighbor lights up, everyone in the building smokes with them. This is especially troublesome for children who have no choice but to breathe the secondhand smoke of their neighbors."

Thursday, February 21, 2013

A Sacramento City Council subcommittee moved forward Tuesday with drafting an ordinance to ban single-use plastic shopping bags at large grocery stores in the city.

The council's Law and Legislation Committee directed city staff to begin working on the ordinance, which will eventually return to the committee before being voted on by the City Council.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A Sacramento City Council subcommittee will take its first look today at a possible ban on plastic shopping bags at large grocery stores in the city.

The city's Law and Legislation Committee is expected to ask city staff to begin drafting an ordinance that would ban the bags and place a 5 cent or 10 cent charge on paper shopping bags. The process of approving an ordinance by the City Council would likely take at least two months.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

San Francisco passed America's "first-in-the-nation" ban on plastic bags in chain grocery stores and drugstores in 2007. In a research paper for the Wharton School Institute for Law and Economics, law professors Jonathan Klick and Joshua Wright crunched state and federal data on emergency room admissions and food-borne-illness deaths and figured that the San Francisco ban "led to an increase in infections immediately upon implementation."

They found a 46 percent rise in food-borne-illness deaths. The bottom line: "Our results suggest that the San Francisco ban led to, conservatively, 5.4 annual additional deaths."

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Assembly Bill 253 Allows Owners of Floating Homes to Purchase Marina

Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) announced today he has introduced legislation which would 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."

Thursday, January 31, 2013

A once-failed effort to eliminate single-use plastic bags across California has been recycled by San Rafael state Assemblyman Marc Levine, again making Marin County the focus of the battle of the bag ban in the state.

Levine (D-San Rafael) introduced legislation earlier this month that would prohibit single-use plastic bags beginning in 2015. He resurrected a failed 2011-12 proposal (AB 298) by termed-out Assemblywoman Julia Brownley. That legislation cleared the Assembly floor in 2011 but faced opposition from plastic bag manufacturers and grocers and was never heard by the state Senate, according to the Sacramento Bee.