Local lawmakers get bills passed on parks, more

California's troubled state parks system, shaky finances and problems with violence at mental health facilities were areas of focus this year for the North Coast's legislative delegation.

The lawmakers -- Assemblymen Jared Huffman, Wes Chesbro and Michael Allen and state Sens. Noreen Evans and Mark Leno -- succeeded in getting 43 bills signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Highlights included the California State Parks Stewardship Act by Huffman, D-San Rafael, and a pair of bills by Allen, D-Santa Rosa, that are aimed at curbing violence at state mental health facilities and protecting patients and staff.

The lawmakers earned high marks from political observers for the number of bills they were able to push through the Legislature and get signed into law.

Leno, a San Francisco Democrat whose district includes southern Sonoma County, led the pack with 13 bills signed into law, followed by Chesbro and Allen, each with 11. Huffman had six, followed by Evans with two.

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