Regional legislation update

October 11, 2013 

Last Sunday, we presented a chart of bills carried by our region’s legislators in the session just ended. The governor acted on several of them this week, so we offer this update:

• Two bills by Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, R-Riverbank, were among a dozen pieces of legislation Brown signed to help veterans. Olsen’s AB 150 authorizes the state parks department to offer veterans or active military reduced fee or free admission to state parks day on Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Her AB 151 would allow cities and counties to waive building and inspection fees for home modifications by veterans with service-related disabilities.

• Freshman Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, R-O’Neals, had his first bill passed and enacted into law. His AB 924 will establish a fine of up to $5,000 for anyone convicted of livestock theft and allows local officials to accurately track statistics on how many people have been convicted of stealing livestock. The proceeds that are collected from the fine will go to the California Department of Food and Agriculture's Bureau of Livestock Identification (BLID) to help bring closure to current open cases and to help combat future livestock theft.

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