Bee colleague Susan Ferriss looks at how Democratic Sen. Fran Pavley's "impact on American environmentalism shows how a state legislator can leverage California's power to force national change" in today's Bee:
This year, Pavley's bill limiting levels of the hazardous metal cadmium in children's jewelry became state law. California's sheer market size is likely to force manufacturers to change all kids' jewelry, which is often imported, for the national market.
Pavley won again in November when California voters rejected a proposal to block the state's ambitious greenhouse gas-capping law, which Pavley had championed in 2006.
In April, President Barack Obama took Pavley's 2002 auto tailpipe law - the first of its kind aimed at forcing manufacturers to cut greenhouse gases - and elevated it to the U.S. national standard.
"Large state, very complex issues, pick two or three areas to become an expert on. Spend your time there and make a difference," Pavley said in a recent interview, recalling advice she got when she arrived in Sacramento as an assemblywoman in 2000.
Read the full piece on The Agoura Hills Democrat, including her critics' takes on the policies she pushes, here.