PD Editorial: Bills signed, vetoed for area legislators

  • Mexican President Felipe Calderon delivers his address before a joint session of the California Legislature in the Assembly chambers at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)

Gov. Jerry Brown recently completed his work on legislation passed in 2013, signing 805 bills and vetoing 96 others.

Over the course of the year, we kept track of bills sponsored by North Coast legislators. Here's a summary the governor's actions on bills by Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro, D-Arcata; Marc Levine, D-San Rafael; and Mariko Yamada, D-Davis. Later this week, we will publish a scorecard for local state senators.

Chesbro's bills include:

; AB 261: Prohibits residential care homes for the elderly from requiring advance notice to terminate an admission agreement in the event of the death of a prospective resident. Signed by the governor.

; AB 497: Introduced to reduce the frequency of state Fish and Game Commission meetings, this bill was amended to authorize automatic conformance between state and federal regulations for sport fishing of salmon and groundfish. Signed by the governor.

; AB 647: Allows consumers to refill beer containers known as "growlers" at any microbrewery rather than just the one brewery where it was purchased. Signed by the governor.

; AB 904: Allows limited timber harvesting without a timber harvest plan by non-industrial timberland owners with less than 15,000 acres. Signed by the governor.

; AB 1041: Establishes an "employment first" policy for state regional centers when developing transition plans for the developmentally disabled. Signed by the governor.

Levine's bills include:

; AB 386: Allows California State University students to enroll in online classes offered at any CSU campus. Signed by the governor.

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