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.
"They are a very active bunch. They also have a wealth of experience that they bring in a term-limited Legislature," said David McCuan, a political scientist at Sonoma State University.
The two bills Evans got enacted into law this year relate to unemployment benefits for laid-off teachers and electronically-stored evidence in civil court cases.
Evans did not return several messages seeking comment this week. Her staff said she was traveling in Russia and France on state business.
In a statement issued Wednesday by her staff, Evans said she was "instrumental in the development and passage of several bills important to my district."
She cited as examples her work on committees that drafted a homeowner mortgage bill of rights and rescued home-to-school transportation for schoolchildren. She also took credit for drafting budget bills that will keep parks open for the next two years and help fund deferred maintenance projects.
Evans served two terms in the Assembly before being elected to the Senate. She also has applied to become a state appellate court justice.
McCuan said Evans' record for 2012 suggests that she is still "looking for her role" in the Senate.
Allen also did not return several messages this week seeking comment.
Among Allen's bills that earned Brown's approval this year were one that makes breast-feeding a protected right in the workplace and others that exempt commercial balloon operators from being regulated by the Public Utilities Commission and boost the number of liquor licenses in Marin County.
The governor vetoed five of Allen's bills, the most among North Coast lawmakers this year. They included a bill that would have barred employers from not offering jobs to people simply because they were out of work when they applied for the position, one that would have required restaurants with playgrounds to have the same standards of cleanliness for the equipment as in other areas of the establishment and another that would have provided financial assistance to farmers who transition to organic growing standards.
The governor rejected two of Leno's bills, including one that would have provided more protections from the government tracking people without a warrant based on information from an electronic device such as a cellphone.