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SF's Legislative Batting Averages

From rice noodle regulation to rethinking small business loans—the proposed bills are an eclectic bunch. Now it’s up to Jerry Brown.

 

© 2006 Sascha Brück



 

 

Regulating nail polish. Easing up on Asian noodles. Scattering cremated remains in containers. It must be the end of another rollicking legislative session in Sacramento. We took a look at San Francisco’s four elected officials to see how the new potential state laws are stacking up. We also compiled a batting average for each politician, ranking them in order.

The deadline for bills to pass both the California State Assembly and Senate was last Friday, resulting in a flurry of activity before the Labor Day weekend. Any bill that both chambers passed now goes to Governor Jerry Brown, who has until the end of September to either sign or veto them.

Take a look at how your rep stacks up. And watch how you label your nail polish.

 

Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-13)

Bills introduced: 16

Bills to the governor: 11

Batting average: 0.6875

Highlights:

AB 1081 would require local officials not to hold people on federal immigration holds, unless they have been convicted of or charged with a serious or violent felony.

AB 1270 would allow journalists to request interviews with specific prisoners.

AB 1856 would include training in LGBT issues among the requirements for foster parents and group home administrators.

 

Senator Mark Leno (D-3)

Bills introduced: 21

Bills to the Governor: 13

Batting average: 0.619

Highlights:

SB 900 is the anti-foreclosure legislation spearheaded by Attorney General Kamala Harris.

SB 1140 would confirm that members of the clergy would not be required to officiate marriage ceremonies that violated their faith.

SB 1434 would prohibit law enforcement from tracking electronic devices without a warrant, in most cases.

 

Senator Leland Yee (D-8)

Bills introduced: 20

Bills to the governor: 13

Batting average: 0.650

Highlights:

SB 977 would double the fine for misbranding nail polish to $2,000.

SB 1349 would prohibit college and universities from requiring their students to disclose their social media activity.

SB 1465 would ease regulations on Asian rice-based noodles.

 

Assemblymember Fiona Ma (D-12)

Bills introduced: 19

Bills to the governor: 11

Batting average: 0.579

Highlights:

AB 1777 would authorize the use of a “scattering container” for dispersing cremated remains.

AB 1925 would limit the amount that landlords offer to tenants as compensation in cases where tenants have to move temporarily.

AB 2200 would suspend the carpool lane on Interstate 80.

 

For you political junkies, we included all AB and SBs introduced in 2012—whether technical or substantive—but excluded budget vehicles and non-binding resolutions. You can find the California Legislative Information site found here.