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    CALIFORNIANorth Coast lawmakers’ bills advance


    June 3, 2022 - The Ukiah Daily Journal

     

      A few bills from North Coast representatives moved through the state government recently.

      From North Coast State Sen. Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg), Senate Bill 884 passed the Senate and is moving on to the Assembly. The bill would mandate expedited undergrounding of electric utility lines in California’s fire-prone areas.

      “For far too long, America’s largest utility — PG&E — has failed its customers and made California unsafe. For years, the utility underfunded modernization and wildfire safety efforts, which has had devastating impacts. The only path forward is to move power lines underground in the most high-fire-risk regions. SB 884 will save lives and ratepayers money. We’re grateful for the overwhelming support in the Senate this week,” McGuire said in a release.

      McGuire also authored a bill, Senate Bill 1328, passed the Senate and moved on to the assem

      bly. The bill would divest $2 billion in state pension funds from Russia and Russian state entities.

      “The state of California has incredible economic power and strength and we must use this clout for good. The people of California will not stand idly by while an autocratic thug attacks the innocent people of Ukraine and attempts to destroy their way of life,” McGuire said in a release.

      Representing California’s second district, Assemblymember Jim Wood authored Assembly Bill 2451, which recently passed the Assembly, and would create a drought section in California’s Divison of Water Rights.

      “Just passed #AB2451 out of the Assembly, to create a dedicated Drought Section in the Division of Water Rights to improve drought planning and response and climate resiliency statewide. Long-term planning, not response after it happens, is what’s needed. This will help,” Wood tweeted.

      Another bill of Wood’s, Assembly Bill 2080, passed the assembly floor on May 26. The bill would allow the state’s attorney general to review transactions, especially consolidations, between health care providers.

      Jackson Guilfoil can be reached at 707-441-0506.

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