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Senate and Assembly Bills Advance

Posted on Friday, May 20, 2011 8:39am

From renewable energy to state parks and even recycling, California lawmakers sent several measures Thursday.

The Assembly unanimously approved a bill that could help some of the 70 state parks slated for closure remain open. The measure by Democrat Jared Huffman would give qualified non-profit organizations the opportunity to operate parks that might otherwise be closed. Another Huffman bill also passed without a “no” vote. It would give financial incentives to industrial energy customers like cement plants that invest in clean energy projects on site.

A measure requiring owners of apartment buildings with five or more units to provide recycling services was more contentious. The bill by Democrat Bob Blumenfield passed the Assembly on a 48-to-23 vote.

And attempts to stiffen penalties for two crimes passed overwhelmingly – a Senate measure on cockfighting and an Assembly bill on child exploitation.

All bills now move to committee hearings in the opposite house.

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