AP file photoState Sen. Leland Yee

Leland Yee's bill benefit a range of constituents

In this last of a four-part series examining the legislative accomplishments of our local elected officials, we turn to state Sen. Leland Yee.

Like his San Francisco colleagues in the statehouse, Yee was elected to state office after serving on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. In 2002, Yee joined the state Assembly and was elected to the Senate in 2006, where he has served ever since. Yee is termed-out in 2014.

In 2012 the governor signed into law the following legislation authored by Yee:

  • Allowing prisoners who were sentenced to life without the possibility of parole to petition for re-sentencing if they were under 18 years old at the time of their crime. 
  • Adding proof of elder abuse to the list of reasons a person can break a lease without penalty.
  • Making it “unprofessional conduct” for acupuncturists to call himself or herself “Dr.” or “Doctor” unless they actually have the requisite degrees to do so.
  • Increasing state registration fees for lobbyists in order to pay for an improved system of online campaign fund reporting.
  • Allowing the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to “jointly adopt an ordinance requiring covered employers to offer covered employees specified commuter benefits.”
  • Prohibiting colleges and universities from requiring students to disclose passwords to their social media profiles.

It’s not clear where Yee plans to land after he leaves office, but having passed legislation benefitting such a broad array of groups, I’m sure there will be no shortage of options.

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