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July 24, 2012 > Wieckowski bills advance in Senate

Wieckowski bills advance in Senate

Seven bills by Fremont Assemblyman approved by Senate committees

Submitted By Jeff Barbosa

Seven bills by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) were approved by state Senate committees on July 2 and July 3, 2012. The bills involve environmental, public safety and bikeways issues. The Senate Environmental Quality Committee passed the following bills:

AB 2529 makes technical, but substantive changes that will give the California Department of Public Health more agility to quickly correct small water system deficiencies through disbursement of safe drinking water funds. The bill was supported by the Department of Public Health and the Association of California Water Agencies.

AB 1566 provides consistency on aboveground petroleum storage tanks by assigning statewide oversight of the program to the Office of the State Fire Marshal and by conforming the law to federal requirements.

AB 1442 would allow healthcare facilities to ship all nondispensable pharmaceuticals designated as medical waste to treatment facilities or waste transfer stations by common carriers. This will substantially reduce the processing and transportation costs.

AB 1701 provides for simplified and uniform certification for the cleanup of leaking underground storage tanks. The bill is supported by the California Association of Environmental Health Administrators and the California Independent Oil Marketers Association.

The Senate Transportation and Housing Committee passed AB 819 to create a procedure for experimentation with bikeway designs. Organizations supporting the bill include the California Bicycle Coalition and the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.

The Senate Public Safety Committee approved Wieckowski's AB 1968, supported by law enforcement, to require chief probation officers to develop and implement policies on arming probation and deputy probation officers who cover high-risk offenders.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved AB 1534 to protect consumers who purchase vehicles from "Buy-Here-Pay-Here" lots.

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