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.
; SB 1095: Eliminates state designation of Highway 12 as a potential freeway between Farmers Lane and Melita Road. Bill declares state intention to declare as surplus and transfer to the city of Santa Rosa 55 acres of land acquired for the freeway project. Held in Senate Appropriations Committee.
; SB 1193: Reduces storage and sample size requirements for evidence in marijuana cases and requires compensation for marijuana that is destroyed in cases in which charges are dropped or the defendant is acquitted. Pending in Assembly Public Safety Committee.
; SB 1344: Designates the Sonoma Developmental Center as the center of last resort for Northern California and requires the Department of Developmental Services to develop a plan for the center. Held in Senate Appropriations Committee.
; SB 1381: Requires labeling of food containing genetically modified agricultural commodities. Rejected in Senate Appropriations Committee.
; SB 1428: Requires the state Department of Social Services to coordinate with public and private entities, including Sonoma County, on a redevelopment plan before selling, leasing or changing the use of the Sonoma Developmental Center. Held in Senate Appropriations Committee.
; SB 1445: Includes telehealth among the authorized services in treatment plan for people with developmental disabilities. Pending hearing in Assembly Human Services Committee.
Wolk's bill include:
; SB 33: Eliminates voter approval requirement for a city or county to create an infrastructure financing district. Placed in Assembly inactive file.
; SB 170: Exempts grain milled and sold at the Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park from registration and other requirements applicable to retail food facilities. Placed in Assembly inactive file.