Assemblymember thanks Gov for recognizing the importance of bills to the North Coast
SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown has signed every bill that made it to his desk this year authored by Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D – North Coast). Chesbro thanked the governor for recognizing the positive impact his legislative package for 2012 will have on the First Assembly District and the State of California.
“This is the first time during my service in the Legislature that every bill to reach the governor's desk has been signed,” Chesbro said. “I appreciate that Governor Brown saw that each piece of legislation filled a need in the First Assembly District or in the state as a whole.”
Following is a summary of each bill.
- AB 2363: Protects California's crab fishing fleet by preventing large out-of-state vessels from dominating the annual Dungeness catch.
- AB 1886: Helps California's aquaculture industry prosper by funding the Aquaculture Coordinator Program within the Department of Fish and Game.
- AB 2284: Protects California's forests and those who work in or use forests for recreation from environmental damage and danger from illegal drug production operations by giving law enforcement new enforcement tools.
- AB 1589: The California State Parks Stewardship Act of 2012 stops park closures by creating new revenue sources and helps the state's State Parks system become more self-sustaining. (Jointly authored with Assemblymember Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael.)
- AB 1812: Ensures that craft brews aged in wooden barrels that previously contained wine or distilled spirits are legally classified as beer for regulatory purposes, including taxation, distribution and retail sales.
- AB 1162: Protects California's heritage big game wildlife from rampant poaching by increasing the financial penalties for taking illegally these animals.
- AB 1492: Creates jobs, moves the California timber industry forward and protects the environment by creating a funding source to ensure timber harvest plans receive thorough environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act. (This was an Assembly Budget Committee bill; Chesbro served as the lead advocate.)
- AB 2169: Reduces costs and eliminates redundancy in California's Forest Legacy Program so the program can continue to protect environmentally important forestlands.
- AB 1896: In accordance with President Obama's Affordable Care Act, allows tribal health clinics to increase access to health care in rural communities by allowing them to hire physicians licensed in other states.
- AB 573: Clarifies existing law relating to the servicing of wine casks by clearly allowing wineries to supply wine cask tapping equipment and, service the equipment at on-sale premises.
- AB 787: Ratifies the gaming compact between Coyote Valley of Pomo Indians and the State of California.
- AB 1900: Establishes new procedures to ensure the safe introduction of landfill gas into natural gas pipelines.
- AB 2196: Clarifies the eligibility of "biomethane" from landfill and digester sources for the California Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS).
CONTACT: Andrew Bird, Chesbro communications director, (916) 319-2001