Gov. Brown signs Chesbro bill allowing growlers to be filled by any brewery
Law taking effect Jan. 1 will make fresh, locally brewed craft beer more available to consumers
"Consumers would like to reuse their containers, not just at the original brewery but to sample beers from many breweries," Chesbro said. “Growlers have become an increasingly popular way for customers to buy beer because it allows them to sample and safely transport craft brews to their homes to enjoy. They won’t have to buy a growler for every brewery they enjoy, which promotes the reuse of glass containers.”
Governor signs Chesbro bill to expand preservation of private forests
SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a groundbreaking forest management bill by Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D – North Coast) designed to preserve California forestlands that are in private hands.
Assembly Bill 904 creates the Working Forest Management Plan, which expands upon the state’s existing Nonindustrial Timber Management Plan (NTMP). Currently, NTMPs allow landowners with fewer than 2,500 acres to enroll in a long-term timber management plan if they commit to environmentally friendly, sustainable forestry practices that include a prohibition against clear-cutting. The Working Forest Management Plan extends this concept to owners of up to 15,000 acres of nonindustrial timberland.
RECENT NEWS IN THE SECOND ASSEMBLY DISTRICT
Chesbro rallies votes to pass timber reform bill on final day of session
SACRAMENTO – Due to some last minute negotiating by Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D – North Coast) on the last night of session, the state Legislature approved a sweeping timber reform bill supported by the timber industry and environmentalists alike that promises to boost rural economies. AB 1492 was the last bill to be voted on in the Assembly before the Legislature completed its session for the year.
AB 1492 is a bill authored by the Assembly Budget Committee, on which Chesbro serves, which will generate revenue to pay for comprehensive environmental reviews of timber harvest plans (THPs), provide long-term funding for environmental restoration projects and extend the time period for THPs.
Chesbro bill to take the profit out of wildlife poaching is on Gov’s desk
SACRAMENTO – A bill by Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D – North Coast) to protect California’s renowned big-game wildlife has passed both houses of the Legislature with bipartisan support and is on the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown.
“Poaching of trophy wildlife has become a big problem in California.” Chesbro said. “AB 1162 ensures poachers pay back the full value of the wildlife resources they take from the public. This legislation is modeled after laws in other destination hunting states, such as Montana and New Mexico.”
Legislature approves Chesbro resolution urging feds to market domestic seafood
SACRAMENTO – The full Legislature has approved Assembly Joint Resolution 39 by Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D – North Coast), which urges the federal government to use seafood import revenues to market American fish and seafood.
“The competition in America from products imported from foreign countries is hurting California’s fish and seafood industry,” Chesbro said. “The federal government collects about $400 million a year in foreign seafood import revenues. AJR 39 urges the feds to allocate a portion of this revenue to start a program to promote and market American fish and seafood and the sustainable practices the domestic industry uses.”
Chesbro aquaculture bill headed to the governor
SACRAMENTO – AB 1886, a bill by Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D – North Coast) that would help the Department of Fish and Game educate the aquaculture industry about sustainable practices, has been approved by both houses of the Legislature and is on the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown.
The bill would expand the duties of the Aquaculture Coordinator, a self-funded program within the DFG, and the industry will pay for the expansion.
Legislature approves bill to protect forests and forest users from criminal activity
SACRAMENTO – The Legislature has given final approval to and sent to the governor a bill by Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D – North Coast) to give law enforcement tools to battle illegal drug operations, protecting environmentally sensitive forest lands and those who use them. AB 2284 goes to the governor for his signature nearly a year after the death of Ft. Bragg City Councilmember Jere Melo, who was killed when he stumbled on an illegal grow while inspecting forest lands near the city on Aug. 27, 2011.
“The best way to prevent illegal drug operations from damaging the environment and threatening those who use our forests is to stop these operations from being established in the first place,” Chesbro said. “This legislation gives law enforcement new tools to protect our public resource lands and private industrial timberland. AB 2284 also increases the financial penalties for conducting criminal enterprises on our forest lands to provide the funding needed to investigate these cases and clean up the environmental damage.”
Chesbro bill to cut costs in Forest Legacy Program headed to Gov
SACRAMENTO – AB 2169, a bill by Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D – North Coast) to reduce costs and eliminate redundancy in the Forest Legacy Program, is headed to the governor’s desk after winning final approval from the Assembly today. The bill will streamline the program and save money by clarifying that conservation easements acquired through the Forest Legacy Program should be treated the same as other easement acquisitions by the Wildlife Conservation Board, and not be subject to a duplicative review by the state Public Works Board.
The Forest Legacy Program was created by legislation Chesbro authored in 2000 when he served in the State Senate. The program helps forest landowners protect environmentally important forestland threatened with conversion to non-forest uses, such as residential subdivisions or commercial development, by allowing the purchase of conservation easements.
Gov signs Chesbro bill to make health care more accessible in rural California
SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation authored by Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D – North Coast) that will bring more doctors to rural areas in accordance with President Obama's Affordable Care Act.
The Affordable Care Act allows Native American health programs to bring in doctors to practice at tribal clinics when they are not licensed in the state where the clinic is located, as long as they are licensed in another state. Chesbro's AB 1896 changes California law so that it is aligned to the new federal law.
Gov. Brown signs Chesbro bill to protect microbrew industry
SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown has signed AB 1812, a bill by Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D – North Coast) that ensures craft beer aged in wooden barrels that previously contained distilled spirits remains legally classified as a beer.
"California's craft beer industry has gained worldwide acclaim for the use of traditional Belgian-style brewing techniques that incorporate the use of wooden barrels for aging," Chesbro said. "These empty wooden barrels are expensive and are typically recycled by craft brewers from previous use by the wine or distilled spirits industries. These beers may take on a hint of flavor from minute amounts of distilled alcohol retained in the wood. This legislation ensures that these brews continue to be classified as beer and not as distilled spirits."
Sofia Pereira joins Chesbro staff as field representative in Eureka office
EUREKA – Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D – North Coast) announced today Sofia Pereira has joined his staff as a field representative in the First Assembly District's Eureka District Office.
"Sofia came to the North Coast to attend Humboldt State and she has never left," Chesbro said. "Like so many of us, she fell in love with the North Coast and decided to make it her home. While at HSU, Sofia became extremely involved in our community through her volunteerism and campus activities. I was fortunate to have Sofia as an intern in the Eureka district office last summer. Needless to say, she was an outstanding intern. I feel very fortunate that she will be working as my field representative serving the North Coast."
Assembly Democrats and Republicans Come Together in Effort to Save State Parks
Common-sense Measure Provides Needed Funding Strategies to Prevent Closures
Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro talks about the importance of state parks and bipartisan legislation he has jointly authored with Democrats and Republicans alike at a news conference Monday, May 21, at the Trout Pond on grounds of the State Capitol. Behind him are seven Democratic and Republican members of the Assembly who are joint authors or coauthors of AB 1589, the California State Parks Stewardship Act of 2012. Also joining leglislators at the news conference was Robert Hanna, a great-great grandson of John Muir, fourth from the left in the back row.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-North Coast) joined a bipartisan block of legislators today to support a sweeping state parks rescue bill he has jointly authored in the Assembly.
“It is phenomenal the amount of bipartisan support this bill has,” said Chesbro, speaking of AB 1589, the California State Parks Stewardship Act of 2012, at a news conference this morning on the grounds of the State Capitol. “It is major legislation that will change the relationship between the state and State Parks, making State Parks more self-sufficient and well-funded with sustainable revenue sources. It will stop park closures, with a net long-term savings to the state’s general fund.”
Assemblymember Chesbro Honors Great California Coastal Conservationist, Peter Douglas
(Sacramento) -- Peter Douglas, the long-time Executive Director of California Coastal Commission, died of lung cancer at the age of 69. Douglas made it his mission to keep California's beautiful beaches open to the public. California State Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (N-North Coast) honored Douglas's life and legacy on the floor of the California Assembly. Learn more in this Assembly Access Video.
Assembly Public Safety Committee approves Chesbro bill to protect public and forests from illicit drug operations
SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Public Safety Committee today gave unanimous, bipartisan support to a bill by Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D – North Coast) to crack down on offenders who pollute the environment and endanger the public by growing or manufacturing illegal drugs on forest lands.
“This bill is not about the legal production or use of medical marijuana under California law,” Chesbro told the Committee. “This bill is about pollution and illegal diversion of waterways, and the increasing violence that is occurring in our forests. AB 2284 is the direct outgrowth of two hearings I held this year as Chair of the Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture. At the hearings, fisheries experts, the Department of Fish and Game and environmental groups described the increasing threat that illegal drug production represents, especially to endangered species such as the Coho salmon.
Chesbro congratulates Westside Community Improvement Association
Eureka group gets $3.3 million Prop 84 grant for Jefferson Community Center
SACRAMENTO – Calling it “a victory for the community,” Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D – North Coast) today announced that the Westside Community Improvement Association has won a $3,305,560 state grant to build a community center and park at the former Jefferson School site on Eureka’s West Side.
“This grant will directly benefit all of Eureka, not just the West Side,” Chesbro said. “The community owes a huge ‘thanks’ to Heidi Benzonelli, president of the West Side Community Improvement Association, and the Redwood Community Action Agency, who worked so hard to complete a successful grant application on a short deadline.”
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