A look at local Assembly bills for 2014

With the goal of better understanding what our local legislators are up to in Sacramento, we are tracking the bills they introduced. On Wednesday, we summarized some of the bills introduced in the state Senate. Today we do the same with bills by Assembly members Wes Chesbro, D-Arcata; Mark Levine, D-San Rafael; and Mariko Yamada, D-Davis.

Chesbro's bills include:

AB 520: Allows wine and spirits wholesalers to conduct retail on-sale tastings on behalf of a manufacturer without prior approval. Assigned to Senate Government Organization Committee.

AB 582: Requires that Palm Drive Health Care District certificates of participation be secured by a lien on revenue generated from the district's parcel tax. Assigned to Senate Committee on Government and Finance.

AB 1642: Extends the sunset date to 2021 on state programs to address Pierce's disease and glassy-winged sharpshooters. Assigned to Assembly Agriculture Committee.

AB 1782: Increases from $500 to $50,000 the maximum fine for illegally severing, obstructing or removing telegraph, telephone, cable TV or other lines used to conduct electricity. Assigned to Assembly Public Safety Committee.

AB 1989: Allows underage students in winemaking and brewing programs to taste alcoholic beverages as necessary for class. Assigned to Assembly Government Organization Committee.

AB 2142: Prohibits the sale of timber from state forests to anyone who, within 24 months before the bid date, exported unprocessed timber from private lands into foreign commerce. Assigned to Assembly Natural Resources Committee.

AB 2184: Authorizes the use of money from the state Forest Restoration Fund for grants to remediate land damaged by marijuana growing operations. Assigned to Assembly Natural Resources Committee.

AB 2352: Involves enrollment priorities at community colleges for students concurrently enrolled in high school. Assigned to Assembly Higher Education Committee.

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