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PD Editorial: Updating bills by region's representatives

  • The state Assembly chamber in Sacramento. (Associated Press)

On Tuesday, we updated the status of some of the bills introduced in the state Senate as the 2013 session nears its end. Today we do the same with bills by Assembly members Wes Chesbro, D-Arcata; Marc Levine, D-San Rafael; and Mariko Yamada, D-Davis.

Chesbro's bills include:

• AB 261: Prohibits residential care homes for the elderly from requiring advance notice for terminating an admission agreement in the event of the death of a resident. Approved by Legislature, awaiting action by the governor.

• AB 468: Repeals state's rural firefighting fee and replaces it with a statewide disaster relief program funded by a surcharge on fire insurance policies. Pending in Assembly Natural Resources Committee.

• AB 497: Introduced to reduce the frequency of state Fish and Game Commission meetings, this bill was amended to authorize automatic conformance between state and federal regulations for sport fishing of salmon and groundfish. Approved by Legislature, awaiting action by the governor.

• AB 582: Requires state health officials to recognize custom rehabilitation technology services as a separate benefit under Medi-Cal and requires providers to service and repair equipment. Senate Appropriations Committee hearing canceled at author's request.

• AB 647: Allows consumers to refill beer containers known as “growlers” at any microbrewery rather than just the one where it was purchased. Approved by Legislature, awaiting action by the governor.

• AB 875 (Chesbro): Creates two pilot programs to determine ways to centralized forestry data to help evaluate cumulative environmental impacts and determine appropriate post-harvest monitoring procedures. Held in Assembly Appropriations Committee.

• AB 881: Raises the oil spill and prevention fee from $0.065 to $0.07, indexes it to inflation and allocates $2 million to the Oiled Wildlife Care Network. Pending on Senate floor.

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