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Rural Fire Fee – Lawmakers Fight It, Governor Budgets The Revenue

CALIFORNIA – There are currently three bills in the California Legislature, seeking to overturn what has become known as the Rural Fire Fee, which requires property owners in designated State Responsibility Areas to pay up to $150 annually per habitable structure, to the State Board of Equalization for fire prevention. Assembly Bill (AB) 124, whose co-sponsors include newly elected Assemblymember ...

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Buy State Parks Annual Pass On Tax Return

CALIFORNIA – Californians can now purchase their California State Parks Annual Pass on their state income tax return. It is a new option than makes the process quick and easy. This new option was created through the California State Park Stewardship Act of 2012 (AB 1589), a new state law authored by former state Assemblyman Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael. The ...

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Local Christmas Bird Counts Successful

Annual Christmas bird counts last month in Mariposa, Oakhurst and Yosemite yielded fewer birds than last year, yet organizers of the three local events nonetheless judged them successful–and, as always, fun! The counts were part of the National Audubon Society’s 113th Christmas Bird Count, an annual avian census held between Dec. 14, 2012 and Jan. 5, 2013. Begun on Christmas ...

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California Dept. Of Fish & Game Has A New Name

CALIFORNIA – The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) becomes the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), effective Jan. 1. The new name was mandated by Assembly Bill (AB) 2402, which was signed Sept. 25, 2012, by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. and is one of numerous provisions passed into law during 2012 that affect the department.

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Trick Your Ride With A Classic Plate

SACRAMENTO –Classic car owners can now give their ride the look it had back when it was hot off the showroom floor. Vintage-look plates are being offered by the California Department of Motor Vehicles, and the DMV will be taking pre-orders beginning Jan. 1, 2013.

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Click It Every Trip, Every Time

SACRAMENTO – Even though California’s seat belt requirement was put into law more than a quarter-of-a-century ago, there are some drivers and passengers who still resist the few seconds it takes to safely buckle up, or they may not properly secure a child in a car seat. The simple act of not buckling up can have life-changing consequences, such as ...

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Talking To Kids About Tragedy In The News

As events were being reported today from Connecticut, and people began posting on social media, it became apparent that the tragic realities of this story will not be limited to those who want to watch the news. The news of this unfathomable event will be broadcast extensively on television and online for days and weeks to come, and will be ...

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