California has six out of 10 cities with the worst roads in the nation. It is further estimated that 58% of state roads need rehabilitation or pavement maintenance, and nearly 70% of California’s roads are congested. Read More
AB 35 by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) passed the Revenue and Taxation Committee on Monday, May 18. This legislation would increase California’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit by $300 million for the construction and rehabilitation of affordable housing units across the state. Contact: Judson True, (916) 319-2017. Press release here.
AB 159 by Assemblymember Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) passed the Assembly Floor on Monday, May 18 with bipartisan support. The “Right to Try” Act would allow eligible patients with a serious or immediately life-threatening disease to seek investigational drugs under the supervision of a physician. Contact: Lerna Shirinian, (562) 692-5858. Press release here.
AB 970 by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-Sherman Oaks) passed the Assembly Floor on Monday, May 18. This bill would broaden the authority of the Labor Commissioner to enforce wage-theft laws at the local level. Contact: Brian Stedge, (818) 376-4246.
AB 359 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) will be up for an Assembly Floor vote on Tuesday, May 26. This legislation would require that grocery workers keep their jobs for 90 days following a merger of large grocery stores. Contact: Evan McLaughlin, (916) 319-2080. Press release here.
AB 603 by Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) will be heard in the Appropriations Committee on Thursday, May 28. The “Every Drop Counts” bill establishes a state tax credit for California taxpayers who replace their lawns with more drought-resistant landscaping or synthetic turf. Contact: Jillian Rice, (661) 335-0302. Press release here.
AB 816 by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) will be up for an Assembly Floor vote tomorrow. This bill would advance the creation of new small businesses, create jobs and empower California communities by creating an election for worker cooperatives under existing law. Contact: Amy Alley, (916) 319-2018.
AB 182 by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) passed the Assembly Floor on a 53-25 vote. This bill would expand the California Voting Rights Act of 2001 to allow challenges to district-based elections that are being imposed or applied in a manner that impairs the ability of a protected class of voters to elect candidates of their choice. Contact: Michelle Reyes, (916) 319-2030. Press release here.
AB 349 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) passed the Housing Committee on a 7-0 vote. AB 349 would give homeowners governed by homeowner associations (HOAs) the option to modify their landscape using synthetic turf to lower their water use. Contact: Evan McLaughlin, (916) 319-2080. Press release here.
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s May Revise of the 2015-16 state budget:
“The Assembly has made clear our budget priorities include reducing poverty, restoring funding for schools and early childhood education, improving higher education funding, building reserves and paying down debt, and providing a down payment for transportation infrastructure.
SACRAMENTO- The Assembly is introducing
legislation to provide relief for Corinthian College students
facing serious educational and financial setbacks due to the
for-profit college system shutting down earlier this week.
SACRAMENTO-A bill by Speaker Toni G. Atkins to
alleviate California's housing crisis passed the Assembly Housing
and Community Development Committee today. AB 1335, the Building
Homes and Jobs Act, creates a permanent funding source for
Undocumented immigrants need protection from injustices of broken national system
SACRAMENTO – Legislative leaders today announced a 10-bill package to protect hardworking undocumented immigrants from fraud, discrimination, lack of health care, and the unintended consequences of our criminal justice system.
“The Immigrants Shape California Legislative Package will not erase all the challenges our undocumented residents face. The work is far from finished,” said Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León. “But this package demonstrates our commitment to making California a state that works for all of us.”
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s executive order for mandatory water restrictions due to the severity of California’s drought:
“As the drought continues to grow in depth and duration, so must our efforts to increase water conservation and efficiency in every part of the state. Our decimated snowpack shows that Governor Brown is right to put these strong, mandatory steps in place. Getting through this drought and future droughts to come will take a combination of immediate, short-range and long-term steps. The Governor’s order today is the right step at the right time. Now, it’s up to all of us to do our part.”
(Sacramento) – The California Assembly today approved a package of emergency drought relief bills that would provide over $1 billion in funds to alleviate problems caused by the drought and reinforce local water infrastructure.
“When we passed the historic water bond last year we said we would revisit it to do more if needed,” said Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego). “The package before us today is the first step in fulfilling that obligation and in helping bring relief to Californians suffering the effects of the drought. We will also take additional steps, as needed, going forward. But the severity of the drought requires that action start now.”
AB 91 and AB 92 will now go to the Governor for his signature.
(Sacramento) – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) joined Governor Jerry Brown, Senate pro Tempore Kevin de Leon and GOP legislative leaders Senator Bob Huff and Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen for a state capitol news conference to announce new emergency drought legislation. “The drought isn’t letting up, so we can’t either,” said Speaker Atkins. “The steps the Assembly, Senate and Governor have worked on will deliver relief to Californians harmed by the drought and help us manage the significant problems the drought continues to cause.” Here’s more from the Speaker in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/speaker
(Sacramento) – Speaker Toni G. Atkins’ Assembly Bill 96, which would close loopholes that prevent the effective enforcement of existing California law prohibiting the sale of ivory, has been approved by the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee. “On average, 96 elephants per day are brutally killed for their ivory, translating into an average of over 35,000 elephants per year,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “This type of species loss is unsustainable and African elephants are now being slaughtered faster than they are being born.” Here’s more from the Speaker in this Assembly Web Report. www.asmdc.org/speaker
Speaker Toni Atkins, District 78
“Small businesses are so important to California’s economy that we need to be creative in helping these job-creators start and succeed.”
Assemblymember Rob Bonta, District 18
“California must lead the way in understanding and improving opportunities for boys and young men of color. The success of our state and nation is inextricably tied to the success of this growing population.”
Assemblymember Richard Gordon, District 24
“The Affordable Care Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of health status. However, many patient groups see their medications which treat their specific condition on the highest-cost tier. These discriminatory benefit designs cannot remain.”
Assemblymember Roger Hernández, District 48
“District-based elections benefit voters by ensuring that every community is represented on their city council. This in turn, makes an equitable distribution of resources more likely. Every voter will know which council member they can petition and hold accountable.”
Assemblymember Jose Medina, District 61
“There are stark disparities in the funding at the most diverse UC campuses; with the highest minority enrollment campuses receiving the least amount of funding. UC Riverside is recognized as serving the most minority students, along with UC Merced, UC Santa Barbara and UC Santa Cruz. It is important to find a fairer way to distribute funding within the UC system.”
Assemblymember Shirley Weber, District 79
“This abusive practice of last-minute scheduling hobbles workers who are taking the initiative to support themselves, and requires taxpayer subsidy in the form of greater need for public assistance for those who cannot. These workers need scheduling far enough in advance to work those other jobs, to arrange childcare and transportation, and to pursue education and training.”