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Pivot water management policy to reflect climate change

Q; What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of Californians and the federal water project infrastructure in California?

Answer from Kevin de León: Climate change is having major impacts on California, with periods of intense drought and explosive wildfires followed by extremely wet seasons. Those shifts will require a comprehensive pivot in water management policy to ensure safe, adequate distribution and sufficient flood protection. While Washington has failed to act aggressively to address a growing climate crisis, here in California we've focused on leading the way for the rest of the world. If elected, one of the first concrete steps I will take is seeking assignment to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee: it's time we take California's climate leadership to Washington, D.C.

Source: League of Women Voters 2018 Questionnaire for Cal. Senate , Sep 9, 2018

Eliminate pre-1977 exemption on sale of rhino horn & ivory

Legislative Summary: AB 96 Animal parts and products: importation or sale of ivory & rhinoceros horn. Existing law makes it a crime to import into the state or to sell within the state, the dead body, or any part or product of an elephant. Existing law exempts the possession with intent to sell if the item was imported before 1977. This bill would delete this exemption.

Pro-ban argument by the Humane Society: The Los Angeles Superior Court has upheld California's ban on trade in ivory and rhino horn, rejecting claims that the ban was unconstitutional. Elly Pepper, deputy director of wildlife trade for the Natural Resources Defense Council, said: "California's ivory ban ensures that illegal elephant ivory is not sold under the guise of legal ivory."

Legislative Outcome: Passed Assembly 54-21-5 on Sept/04/15; Passed Senate 26-13-1 on Sept/02/15; State Sen. Kevin de Leon; Signed by Governor Jerry Brown on Oct/4/15.

Source: Humane Society on California voting record AB 96 , Sep 2, 2015

Ban single-use plastic bags

Source: Ballotpedia.org on California ballot measure voting records , Sep 30, 2014

$48M for funding hybrid and zero-emission vehicles

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Passed House, 53-20-5; passed Senate 27-10-2; signed by Governor, 9/28/2013. (Kevin de Leon voted YEA).
Source: California legislative voting records: SB 359 , Sep 12, 2013

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