PD Editorial: Updating local Assembly members' bills

  • 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)

State legislators enact hundreds of laws every year, and we track bills by local lawmakers.

On Monday, we updated legislation by local senators following the May 31 deadline to get bills through their the house of origin. 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 388: Specifies that community colleges may provide courses and programs including, but not limited to professional development, development of language skills, and job services for individuals with developmental disabilities, to the extent resources are available for those purposes. Pending in the Senate Public Safety Committee.

; AB 468: Initially involving timber harvest plans, bill was amended to address Medi-Cal and hospitals. Pending in the Senate Insurance Committee.

; AB 504: Extends the sunset date of programs to regulate commercial sea cucumber fisheries from 2016 to 2017. Pending in the Senate Natural Resources and Wildlife Committee.

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

; AB 881: Raises the oil spill and prevention fee from $0.065 to $0.07 per barrel and allows a transfer of up to $2 million per year to the Oiled Wildlife Care Network. Placed in Senate inactive file.

; AB 997: Defines the role of local enforcement agencies under the state recycling act. Placed in Senate inactive file.

; AB 1101: Extends indefinitely the time during which oversized trucks transporting livestock may travel on Highway 101 in Del Norte, Humboldt and Mendocino counties. Pending in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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