Thursday, February 28, 2013

Millions of Californians would not be able to smoke tobacco inside their own homes under new legislation that would raise the bar nationwide for fighting secondhand smoke.

No state ever has ventured into personal bedrooms and living rooms with its smoking restrictions, but California is going even further than that by targeting owner-occupied residences as well as rental units.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) made the following statement after the Assembly passed AB 2 X1 (Pan) to establish the health insurance market reforms contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA):

"The Affordable Care Act provides essential changes in the delivery and insurance of health care in this country. It is critical that those with preexisting conditions, dependents up to 25 years of age, and those with costly needs of care are covered," said Levine. "Increased coverage and care reduces the costs for us all. The Act will allow for more timely, more affordable, and more equitable care across the health care system.

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."