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PD Editorial: North Coast senators’ bills signed, vetoed

The state senators representing Sonoma County, Democrats Noreen Evans of Santa Rosa and Lois Wolk of Davis, introduced 31 bills at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.

We’ve periodically updated the status of these bills as well as those introduced by local Assembly members to give readers an idea of what their representatives are working on in Sacramento.

The 2013 session is over, and last week we reported on the outcomes of the Assembly bills that reached Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. Here is a rundown on the Senate bills signed and vetoed by the governor.

Evans’ bills include:

• SB 59: Eliminates a century-old anomaly in state law that makes it a felony to rape someone while impersonating a spouse but doesn’t apply to unmarried people. This bill stems from a Southern California case last year. Signed by the governor.

• SB 197: Extends the sunset date for the commercial salmon fishing stamp program to Jan. 1, 2019. Signed by the governor.

• SB 345: Authorizes collection of state bar dues for 2014. Signed by the governor.

Wolk’s bills include:

• SB 43: Establishes a statewide pilot program to allow the customers of investor-owned utilities, such as PG&E, to purchase a portion of electricity from a renewable facility. Signed by the governor.

• SB 250: Establishes the Olive Oil Commission of California to engage in nutritional research and to recommend grades and labeling standards. To be funded by an assessment on producers, who must approve creation of the commission in a separate vote. Signed by the governor.

• SB 365: Requires that enabling legislation for any new income tax break specifies goals and objectives and performance indicators and include a sunset date of no more than 10 years. Signed by the governor.

• SB 609: Increases fines for willfully interfering with the state Long-Term Care Ombudsman program from a maximum of $1,000 to a maximum of $2,500. Signed by the governor.

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