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Bills by Maldonado, Blakeslee are awaiting Schwarzenegger's signature

Here are additional bills authored by Sen. Abel Maldonado, R-Santa Maria, and Sam Blakeslee, R-San Luis Obispo:

Maldonado’s bills:

Senate Bill 492: School loitering and gang activity

Increases penalties for registered gang members who are caught illegally loitering on school grounds, written in response to an increase in gang-related crimes on and around school campuses. In Salinas, for example, five people were murdered in gang-related killings over a three-day period in January. Two of the victims were high school students, and one was shot on school grounds.

Senate Bill 571: Geothermal well operations

Allows the state to deny a permit for expanded geothermal well operations if the operator has existing wells that are out of compliance with regulations or has failed to pay fines or fees.

Blakeslee’s bills:

AB 43: California Earthquake Authority mitigation program

Provides the California Earthquake Authority with more flexibility in its hiring practices and enables it to fill a new position of chief mitigation officer. Combined changes will help the Earthquake Authority to prioritize mitigation to protect homeowners from damages resulting from major earthquakes.

AB 45: Small wind ordinance

Encourages development of small wind systems while protecting private property rights. Creates a model for local governments to adopt when drafting wind ordinances in rural areas.

AB 825: Crab fishing

Eliminates prohibition on having two species of crab on board fishing boats simultaneously.

AB 1351: Out-of-state hydroelectric energy

Allows out-of-state hydroelectric facilities that perform particular energy efficiency upgrades to count that incremental efficiency gain as eligible for the Renewables Portfolio Standard. This will help energy providers meet goals of providing more renewable energy to California consumers.

ACR 12: Purple Heart Trail

Honors U.S. military members wounded or killed in combat by designating the portion of Highway 101 from San Ardo to Los Alamos as the United States Purple Heart Trail.

ACR 35: Hepatitis awareness

Recognizes May 19, 2009, as Hepatitis Awareness Day in California.

AJR 1: Earthquake mitigation efforts

Affirms Legislature's support of the expedient development of mitigation efforts across the state by federal, state and local governmental agencies, in cooperation with private enterprises and individuals, to protect against earthquake damage.

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