PD Editorial: A progress report on local senators' bills

  • State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, the seat- mate of Sen. Rod Wright, arrives at his desk in the Senate Chambers at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday March 6, 2014. Wright's desk sits vacant after he took a leave of absence from the Senate as he awaits sentencing on perjury charges. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

This year's state legislative session passed the halfway point with a May 30 deadline for Senate bills to clear the Senate and Assembly bills to clear the Assembly.

That's a good opportunity to update the progress of bills sponsored by Sonoma County legislators. Today we'll cover state Sens. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, and Lois Wolk, D-Davis, with Assembly bills to follow later this week.

Evans' bills include:

; SB 406: Establishes a process by which a party could seek recognition of a tribal court money judgment in California state courts. Pending in Assembly Judiciary Committee.

; SB 599: Expands the oversight role of the state Park and Recreation Commission and requires the commission to meet at least quarterly. Held in Assembly Appropriations Committee in 2013.

; SB 794: Limits defense attorneys to five peremptory challenges during jury selection in criminal cases where the potential penalty is no more than one year in jail. The restrictions would be in effect until Jan. 1, 2017. Pending in Assembly Public Safety Committee.

; SB 996: Requires county welfare departments to verify that specified documents, including birth certificates and Social Security cards, have been provided to foster youth before they turn 18. Awaiting committee assignment in Assembly.

; SB 1003: Increases from 50 to 55 the number of out-of-state thoroughbred horse races per day that can be offered for satellite betting, with state racing board approval, during live race meets. Pending in Assembly Government Organization Committee.

; SB 1017: Establishes an oil and gas severance tax, with revenue earmarked for higher education. Held in Senate Appropriations Committee.

; SB 1040: Extends an existing state law making it illegal to falsely label a wine as produced with grapes from a specified county to cover bottles and electronic format. Pending in Assembly Government Organization Committee.

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