SACRAMENTO—Marking the start of the 2013-2014 legislative session, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) this week introduced the first pieces of legislation he will be authoring in the coming year. The Speaker’s legislation includes bills spurring economic development and jobs in underserved communities, benefitting consumers, retailers and farmers by creating the California Food Farms and Jobs Act, and increasing protections for domestic violence victims by closing a loophole in the state’s existing domestic violence laws.
“In the coming legislative session the Assembly will pursue the kind of smart planning and investment that I believe will finally put the great recession behind us and usher in the next great era of California’s history,” Speaker Pérez said. “We will also, of course, continue to help address the myriad of challenges that make up life in a diverse state of almost 38 million people.”
The Speaker’s bills introduced so far are:
AB 32 -- California Organized Investment Network: AB 32 increases the annual cap on qualified investments in the California Organized Investment Network (COIN) program from $10 million to $20 million, which in turn increases the amount of tax credits available from $2 million to $4 million. So far, COIN has facilitated the investment of more than $135 million into some of California's most underserved urban and rural communities. In 2011 Speaker Pérez authored legislation extending the life of the COIN program.
AB 38 -- Healthy Foods: AB 38 enacts the California Food, Farms, and Jobs Act to improve state programs that support local and regional farm and food system infrastructure, expand access to healthy foods for consumers, and create new job growth and economic development through increasing the number of direct and retail markets. This bill builds on previous legislation by the Speaker that created the Healthy Foods Financing Initiative and Healthy Foods Financing Council.
AB 16 -- Domestic Violence: AB 16 brings conformity to existing law governing the definition of a felony domestic violence victim by including: (1) current and former fiancés or fiancées and (2) persons currently or formerly in a dating relationship. This bill will ensure that domestic violence offenders are charged with the appropriate crime and provide their victims with the crucial protections and resources afforded to them under current law.
These bills and others introduced by the Speaker and the other members of the Assembly will be eligible to be heard after the legislature reconvenes January 7.
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross today announced the release of a report by Secretary Ross’s AB 581 Healthy Foods Advisory Group, given to the state Legislature, which contains recommendations on ways to increase Californians’ access to healthy foods.
“This report highlights a number of important steps we can take to ensure that every Californian has access to quality, nutritious food, which is a major issue in urban and rural communities alike,” said Speaker Pérez. “Children, especially in low-income families, need the best possible start in life, and that begins with making sure they have access to food that will help them grow up healthy and perform better in schools. This report provides a pathway to ensuring that every child in California has access to healthy foods by eliminating food deserts.”
The report’s recommendations fall under four categories: improving the distribution of fresh produce, expanding retail options for healthy food, helping low-income consumers purchase healthy food, and supporting nutritious school meals.
“I want to thank the diverse and broad base of stakeholders who contributed to the development of this report,” said Secretary Ross. “Improving access to healthy, California grown food for the most needy among us is a passion we all share and is most poignant during this Holiday Season.”
Secretary Ross convened the group of stakeholders established in the Speaker’s 2011 bill AB 581, designed to improve access to affordable, healthy and quality foods, such as fruits, vegetables and dairy products, in food desert areas, which occur in rural and urban regions throughout the state. Residents of food deserts suffer from higher rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease, leading to preventable and premature deaths.
SACRAMENTO– Today Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) announced his Assembly leadership team and appointed committee chairs for the 2013-14 Regular Session.
“I’m pleased to announce the members of our outstanding leadership team and committee chairs,” said Speaker Pérez. “This talented group represents the diversity of California and offers the leadership, working knowledge, and expertise needed to tackle the important issues facing our state.”
The Speaker has made the following leadership and committee appointments for the 2013-14 Regular Session, which take effect today:
Speaker pro Tempore
Hon. Nora Campos
Assistant Speaker pro Tempore
Hon. Kevin Mullin
Majority Floor Leader
Hon. Toni Atkins
Assistant Majority Floor Leader
Hon. Anthony Rendon
Hon. Chris R. Holden
Hon. Jimmy Gomez
Hon. V. Manuel Pérez
Democratic Caucus Chair
Hon. Philip Y. Ting
Rules Committee Chair
Hon. Nancy Skinner
Accountability and Administrative Review
Assemblymember Jim Frazier, Chair
Aging and Long-Term Care
Assemblymember Mariko Yamada, Chair
Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman, Chair
Assemblymember Mike Gatto, Chair
Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media
Assemblymember Ian C. Calderon, Chair
Banking and Finance
Assemblymember Roger Dickinson, Chair
Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield, Chair
Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Human Services
Assemblymember Holly J. Mitchell, Chair
Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance
Assemblymember Susan A. Bonilla, Chair
Budget Subcommittee No. 3 on Resources and Transportation
Budget Subcommittee No. 6 on Budget Process, Oversight and Program Evaluation
Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield, Chair
Business, Professions and Consumer Protection
Assemblymember Richard S. Gordon, Chair
Assemblymember Joan Buchanan, Chair
Elections and Redistricting
Assemblymember Paul Fong, Chair
Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials
Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo, Chair
Assemblymember Isadore Hall III, Chair
Assemblymember Richard Pan, Chair
Assemblymember Das Williams, Chair
Housing and Community Development
Assemblymember Norma J. Torres, Chair
Assemblymember Mark Stone, Chair
Assemblymember Henry T. Perea, Chair
Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy
Assemblymember Jose Medina, Chair
Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski, Chair
Labor and Employment
Assemblymember Roger Hernández, Chair
Assemblymember Katcho Achadjian, Chair Assemblymember Marc Levine, Vice Chair
Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro, Chair
Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security
Assemblymember Rob Bonta, Chair
Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, Chair
Revenue and Taxation
Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra, Chair
Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, Chair Assemblymember Scott Wilk, Vice Chair Assemblymember Franklin E. Bigelow Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown Assemblymember Ed Chau Assemblymember Tim Donnelly Assemblymember Curt Hagman Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez Assemblymember Bill Quirk Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber Assemblymember Ken Cooley, Democratic Alternate Assemblymember Marie Waldron, Republican Alternate
Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, Chair
Utilities and Commerce
Assemblymember Steven Bradford, Chair
Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi, Chair
Water, Parks and Wildlife
Assemblymember Ben Hueso, Chair
Joint Legislative Audit
Assemblymember Adam C. Gray, Chair
Assembly Legislative Ethics
Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, Co-Chair Assemblymember Allan R. Mansoor, Co-Chair
Select Committee on Agriculture and the Environment
Assemblymember Marc Levine, Chair
Select Committee on Community Colleges
Assemblymember Steve Fox, Chair
Select Committee on Job Creation for the New Economy
Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva, Chair
Select Committee on Regional Approaches to Addressing the State’s Water Crisis
Assemblymember Rudy Salas, Jr., Chair
Select Committee on Regional Transportation Solutions
Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva, Chair
Select Committee Workforce and Vocational Development in California
SACRAMENTO – Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) was once again chosen to lead the Assembly today by his fellow Assemblymembers at the Swearing-in Ceremony of the 2013-14 Session.
Speaker Pérez was first elected to the Assembly in 2008, during the economic recession which devastated millions of households nationwide, and his in speech, he emphasized the need for the members to collaborate with each other in order to continue their efforts in getting California back on track and towards a fiscally responsible future while maintaining a strong middle class. He highlighted some of the Assembly’s past accomplishments, including passing two on-time balanced budgets, attracting new businesses to the state through the GoBiz program and implementing the nation’s first Health Benefits Exchange to ensure every Californian has access to affordable healthcare.
Below is the transcript of Speaker Pérez’s speech at the ceremony.
Members of the Assembly, I want to thank you for once again placing your trust and confidence in me to serve as Speaker another term.
I am honored and deeply humbled by your faith in my service.
I want to congratulate you for your election to the Assembly. I know how hard each of you worked to have the opportunity to serve our state.
But I also want to take a moment and recognize the husbands and wives, sons and daughters, parents and partners who are with you here today, and to express my thanks to each of them.
Serving the people of our state can be difficult work, requiring much sacrifice — not just of the Assemblymember, but of his or her family.
You honor us with your presence, and your support is invaluable as we confront many of the difficult issues facing our state.
Now under the Constitution, the Speaker of the Assembly and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate are required to announce their goals and objectives for the Legislative Session during the inaugural meeting of that session.
And while we certainly have a number of policy issues to address over the next two years, I would like to take a moment and note that there is is an added significance to today’s ceremony, in that today we mark a transition point in California’s constant cycle of invention, innovation, and reinvention.
My colleagues and I who were elected in 2008 are now beginning our final term. When we took office, California was in crisis.
Less than three months before we were sworn in, we were struck by the global financial catastrophe. And its effect on California was devastating.
Our budget deficit was over $60 billion — more than half of the entire budget of $110 billion.
Every day brought headlines of factories closing, businesses folding, and layoffs by the thousands.
A trickle of foreclosures was set to become a torrent that made the phrase “bank owned home” a grim reminder of the financial and personal struggles of our entire state.
And beyond the real-world impacts of the Recession, for the great swath of middle class Californians, the dream of opportunity…the singularly most definable attribute of what it means to be a Californian…faced its greatest test since the Great Depression.
Traditionally, the first month of an Assemblymember’s service is spent finalizing staffing decisions and preparing a legislative package.
But the severity of that crisis mandated immediate action.
We had the first of many overnight sessions that year. Budget committee staff spent Christmas day in the Capitol reworking the budget.
And those of us who began our service to the people of California that December will always remember the gravity of those weeks and months of crisis.
But we will also remember that we came to address those challenges together.
Together, we have eliminated the structural deficit that had plagued California for years.
Together, we have passed two consecutive, on-time budgets that have seen California’s credit rating increased across the board for the first time in eight years.
Together, we have put forward the policies that have helped the job market recover from the recession — to the point where California is now outpacing the rest of the nation in job creation.
Together, we have made real accomplishments for the people of California that underscores how far we've come since Lehman Brothers collapsed and the recession began.
And I am very proud of the work we did, with our colleagues who joined the Assembly in 2010, to strengthen California’s economy.
We have worked to address the fundamental, structural challenges to our economic recovery, most notably in the housing market.
The package of legislation we passed this year has outlawed the most abusive and objectionable practices of lenders…put in place strong protections for consumers…and has given homeowners facing foreclosure the leverage they need to work out a fair modification that keeps them in their homes.
Recovering the housing market is an essential step on the pathway back to prosperity, and the legislation we passed together will go a long way in restoring the health and stability of the housing market.
We’ve worked to strengthen key industries like tourism and trade that employ millions of Californians and are responsible for billions of dollars in economic activity.
We have laid the groundwork for emerging industries, with tax credits for green manufacturing.
We have created the policy structures in government that will help attract new businesses and investments in California through the creation of GoBiz.
We have implemented the nation’s first Health Benefits Exchange to ensure that everyday Californians and small business owners have access to affordable healthcare for themselves, their families, and their employees.
We have maintained our status as a global leader in climate change by establishing the nation’s first Carbon Cap-and Trade System.
We have worked to update and modernize California’s regulatory system to reflect the real-world conditions facing California’s businesses.
Democrats and Republicans came together to approve changes to our regulations that will remove barriers to expansion and job creation for businesses without stepping back from our commitment to environmental and work place protections, and I believe we must continue that effort in the next session as well.
On a bipartisan basis, we passed thoughtful and comprehensive reforms to California’s pension system to outlaw the most abusive practices, reduce costs for state and local governments, and save California’s taxpayers more than 80 billion dollars in the coming decades.
And we passed a comprehensive reform to our workers compensation system, with overwhelming bipartisan support, which will speed up the delivery of medical services, increase benefits to disabled workers, and save California’s businesses billions of dollars in the coming years.
I am very proud that some of the most significant policies we put forward were the result of thoughtful cooperation between both parties and both houses of the Legislature.
I strongly believe these policies are a foundation from which we can build an even greater body of progress for the people of California.
And we all know our work is not over until every single Californian who wants a job can find one.
For those of you who are new to the Assembly, I am looking forward to the work we can do together for the people of our state.
The voters, in their wisdom, have made the decision to restore stability to the Legislature by changing the nature of term limits.
Each of you has the potential to serve more than a decade in this house.
And I believe this is a positive change that respects the will of the voters, but empowers the Assembly to pursue the long-term investments and planning that will usher in the next great era of California’s history.
And continuing that important work will be our paramount concern over the next two years of this session.
Now, certainly much of our early focus will be on the Special Session on Healthcare that the Governor will be calling in January.
The Affordable Care Act is now the law of the land, and while there is a great deal of diversity in opinion in its tenets, our duty as Legislators is to implement its provisions in the most efficient and effective method for Californians.
Ensuring access to quality, affordable healthcare is of primary concern to the Middle Class.
I am confident that we can achieve the historic feat of implementing healthcare reform to bring down costs in the long term, while expanding coverage immediately.
This is an issue we have struggled with for decades, and one central to the long term health not only of our population, but of our finances as well.
The middle class Californians who stand to benefit from healthcare reform are counting on us to ensure they have access to affordable and comprehensive healthcare.
That is one important issue, but there are certainly many others where we must also take action.
Certainly, one of these is the issue of higher education accessibility and affordability.
For five decades, California has made a commitment to the people of our state — that if they are willing to work hard and succeed in school, their dedication will be rewarded with the opportunity to attend a UC, CSU or community college.
And for five decades, the promise of that opportunity has unleashed the potential of hundreds of thousands of middle class Californians, whose ideas and innovations have literally reshaped the world.
Our state is proud of the fact that the technologies which, even now, are bringing down dictators and tyrants around the world were developed right here in California.
That is one small example of the transformational potential we unleash when we invest in opportunities for middle class Californians to matriculate through our institutions of higher learning.
That commitment to ensuring opportunity for millions of Californians has built our state into a global powerhouse, with an iconic station in the world.
And that is a commitment we must rededicate ourselves to as we approach this new legislative session.
We will do so with a thoughtful, collaborative mindset that speaks to the concerns and values of the people of California.
Now, I want to take a moment and address my Republican colleagues, both new and returning.
Even though we may not always agree on the best policy prescriptions for our state, I believe very strongly that our deliberative process is best served with your active participation.
Finding the right solutions to the challenges facing California is not the task of one party, or one house — it is work that each of us have chosen to take up by putting our name on a ballot.
For those Republican members who are new to the Assembly, I want to state clearly that your voice is welcome, your contributions are desired, and your active service is needed.
I fervently believe we can do great things for the people of our state if we approach these challenges from a place of thoughtful cooperation.
We must each approach our duties by remembering the invocation of Aristotle in his Politics, that - “If liberty and equality…are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost."
My goal for this year is to have a thoughtful, deliberative process where very voice is heard and valued.
The policies we adopt are not for me to decide, but rather, for all of us to work together and bring about, and every member needs to have a role in that process.
That has been my approach to serving as your Speaker from the moment when I took my oath of office.
Over the past three years, I was pleased to work with my Republican colleagues on a number of issues, including our imperative responsibility to support California’s veterans, especially those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
And for the past three years, I believe the Assembly has been well served by involving Republicans in the policy making process and by including Republicans among those Assemblymembers I’ve asked to serve as Committee Chairs.
That is a practice I am proud to continue, and I am pleased to announce my Republican colleague, Assemblymember Katcho Achadjian will serve as the new Chair of the Assembly Committee on Local Government.
And I’m certain he’ll be joined by others as we continue identifying the leadership of the Assembly Select Committees.
For the past four years, the single greatest challenge we’ve faced is the question of ensuring that the next generation of Californians enjoy the same opportunities to succeed and make the most of their potential that our generation enjoyed.
The California dream is inexorably linked to our legacy of opportunity.
That legacy was born on a on a frosty January morning when James Marshall looked into a creek bed just a few miles up the road from here and saw a flash of gold.
And from that moment until the present day, California has been defined by the legacy of opportunity which has built our state.
Every generation of Californians has faced a moment where they must recommit themselves to that legacy.
For our generation, that moment has arrived.
And for the middle class Californians who have weathered a very difficult period in our history, we must deliver.
The next generation of Californians will have their future determined, in no small part, by the actions we take over the next few years.
It is our responsibility to ensure that they can have an education that prepares them for the challenges of a dynamic and changing world.
That they have the opportunity to attend a UC, CSU or Community College and gain the skills and expertise that will unleash their potential, and reshape our future.
That they have the job opportunities to provide for themselves and their families — and that those families can come of age in a state with clean air to breath, clean water to drink, and pristine natural areas that each of us treasure.
This is a sober, profound responsibility. And if we approach that work in a manner that reflects the values and concerns of the people of California, the people of our state will be well served by our actions.
SACRAMENTO –The Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color, created by Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles), released their comprehensive report today after holding a year-long series of hearings across the state focusing on health, education, violence prevention and youth development. The report provides a blueprint of policies and programs with the goal of advancing health and opportunity for California’s young men of color.
“This report, which comes after a year-long process and numerous public hearings on the issues facing boys and men of color in California, underscores the critical need to fight for opportunities and investments in success for every person in our state,” said Speaker John A. Pérez. “I want to thank Assemblymember Swanson for all of the hard work he put in as Chair of the Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color. He has been a passionate and powerful voice for every Californian, and I am very grateful for his service in the Assembly.”
Speaker Pérez plans to continue this select committee for the 2012-13 legislative year and will announce a new chair after Chairman Sandré Swanson (D-Alameda) concludes his term on December 6.
“We have an untapped populace that desperately needs to be acknowledged and cultivated,” said Assemblymember Swanson. “We need to change our value system and recognize that investing in the most marginalized youth will yield the greatest economic returns for California.”
“At each regional hearing, we were presented with policy solutions working in local communities. We heard from dozens of experts and leaders as well as had thousands of stakeholders, parents and youth attend hearings through our collaboration with the statewide Alliance for Boys and Men of Color,” said Swanson. “However, to have a larger impact we need to go to scale. There are dozens of legislative, administrative and scalable solutions contained in this final report and action plan. I encourage the Legislature to ensure effective implementation of these recommendations.”
“I am encouraged to know that as I leave the Assembly, many champions will remain to move the agenda forward. I am also encouraged that at our final August hearing we had more than twenty Assemblymembers and Senators, many asking to join the Select Committee.”
The California State Assembly’s Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color is currently chaired by Assemblymember Sandré Swanson (D-Alameda) and includes 9 assembly members: Assemblymember Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), Assemblymember Nathan Fletcher (R-San Diego), Assemblymember Warren T. Furutani (D-South Los Angeles County), Assemblymember Richard S. Gordon (D-Menlo Park), Assemblymember Shannon L. Grove (R-Bakersfield), Assemblymember Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco), Assemblymember Tony Mendoza (D-Norwalk), Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez (D-Coachella), and Assemblymember Anthony J. Portantino (D- La Cañada Flintridge).
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles), President of the National Speakers Conference and the first openly gay person to be elected Speaker of a legislative body, was proud to note that Colorado House representative Mark Ferrandino was chosen by Democrats today to serve as Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives in January. With Oregon Representative Tina Kotek on track to be elected Speaker in that state, there will be four LGBT Speakers nationwide.
“I am very much looking forward to working with Rep. Ferrandino and Rep. Kotek. I know how important it is for the LGBT Community to have a seat at the table, and these key victories underscore the powerful momentum our community has built to achieve full acceptance by society and respect in the eyes of the law,” Pérez said.
Speaker Pérez also noted the additional high-profile legislative positions were on top of other decisive victories for the LGBT community nationally on Tuesday, including marriage equality votes in Maryland, Maine, Minnesota and Washington, the reelection of the first national ticket to support marriage equality, and the election of the first openly gay U.S. Senator, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin.
“We have won four hard fought contests in key states, and for the first time in our history, the electorate has voted in favor of marriage equality,” said Speaker Pérez. “This is a critical turning point in our long march to justice, and I am deeply moved by the tireless commitment of the activists and allies who made these victories possible.”
Prior to Tuesday’s election, Speaker Pérez and Rhode Island Speaker Gordon Fox were the only openly gay Speakers. Speakers Pérez and Fox, and incoming Speakers Ferrandino and Kotek, are Democrats. On Thursday, Assembly Democrats in California unanimously chose Speaker Pérez to continue serving as their leader.
SACRAMENTO— At their organizational caucus today following their historic election on Tuesday, Assembly Democrats today unanimously chose Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) to continue as their party’s leader.
“In the new legislative session we will have 54 Democrats hitting the ground running, eager to work for jobs, recovery and economic growth for California, and I am honored and humbled to receive the unanimous support of my colleagues to continue leading that effort,” Pérez said. “It is very meaningful to me to have the support of my current colleagues, who have each achieved much already in the Assembly, and to have the support of my new colleagues, who poured their hearts and souls into their campaigns to represent the people of their districts.”
Nominating Speaker Pérez as Democratic leader today were Assemblymembers Wes Chesbro (D-Eureka), Holly Mitchell (D-Culver City), Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) and Henry Perea (D-Fresno), and Assemblymembers-elect Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova), Susan Eggman (D-Stockton) and Sharon Quirk Silva (D-Fullerton).
1933 was the last time either party held a 2/3 majority in both houses, with Republicans in control. The last time Democrats had a 2/3rds majority in both houses was in 1883. The Democrats had a 2/3 majority in the Assembly in the 1975-76 and the 1977-78 sessions. Democrats last had a 2/3 majority in the Senate in 1965. In 2010, Speaker Pérez was the only Democratic leader nationwide to add to a legislative majority.
The members of the Legislature for the 2013-14 session will be sworn in at 12 p.m. on December 3 in the State Capitol. Democrats will nominate Speaker Pérez to continue serving as Speaker of the Assembly at that time.
SACRAMENTO – Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) was selected as the 2012 Assembly Legislator of the Year by the Vietnam Veterans of America, California State Council, in recognition for his work in the legislature fighting to support California veterans and their families.
“I am deeply honored to have been chosen as the California State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America’s Assembly Legislator of the Year,” said Speaker Pérez. “One of our most basic obligations as citizens is to ensure that we take care of those men and women who have served our nation in the military, and my colleagues and I have kept that commitment through legislation to improve coordination of veterans services and through using savings from the Assembly’s own budget to provide funding for job training and placement programs for veterans. I am deeply grateful to the Vietnam Veterans of America for this award, and I am looking forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to stand up for California’s veterans. ”
Speaker Pérez announced in April Assembly funding for the National Guard’s “Work for Warriors” program, which helps place National Guard members with jobs. He also authored AB557, which served as the basis for Governor Jerry Brown’s Executive Order establishing the California Interagency Council on Veterans to help coordinate the services provided to California veterans. Additionally, the Assembly is continuing its financial support for the CalVet Connect program, which will aid in veteran outreach in all levels of government and increases California veterans access to benefits.
The Speaker will be presented with the award at the VVA-CSC’s Annual Capitol Legislative Day in the Spring of 2013.
SACRAMENTO – Speaker John A. Pérez released the following statement on President Barack Obama today dedicating César E. Chávez National Monument in Keene, California:
“I applaud the President’s decision to dedicate Nuestra Reina de La Paz as the César E. Chávez National Monument. President Obama’s dedicating as a national monument the land on which César Chávez lived and fought for the United Farm Workers shows that the fight for equality and dignity of all people continues. I thank the President for recognizing a true California hero who has inspired millions of Americans.”
SACRAMENTO – Speaker John A. Pérez released the following statement honoring the memory of former Lieutenant Governor Merv Dymally:
“I was deeply saddened to learn former Lieutenant Governor Merv Dymally passed away. He was an iconic figure in California politics, whose public service spanned nearly six decades in the Legislature, House of Representatives and as Lieutenant Governor of California. Throughout his time in office, he commanded respect on both sides of the aisle, and was a thoughtful and passionate advocate for the men and women he represented and for the poorest and most vulnerable Californians. He will be greatly missed by all those who had the pleasure of knowing him.”
Speaker Toni Atkins, District 78
“I want to thank the members of the Assembly for their hard work and their commitment to the people they represent. The water bond and a groundwater management plan, a fourth on time budget that ensures stability and expands opportunity, a fix to the longtime underfunding of STRS and a real Rainy Day Fund that will help end the cycles of boom and bust are among the chief successes we can be proud of this year.”
Assemblymember Roger Dickinson, District 7
“A critical element of addressing the water challenges facing California involves ensuring a sustainable supply of groundwater. Over drafting our groundwater leads to subsidence and contamination; consequences we cannot afford.”
Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, District 17
“We need [Assembly Bill 885] to stop the few prosecutors whose seal for convictions lead them to cut corners on justice. We can’t wait decades to free the innocent while the true perpetrators run free.”
Assemblymember Das Williams, District 37
“The tragedy in Isla Vista is a horrific example of how our mental health laws and gun laws are not working together. [Assembly Bill 1014] will help close the gap and provide the necessary legal tools to empower immediate family members and law enforcement to protect loved ones and the public from the dangers of gun violence.”
Assemblymember Steven Bradford, District 62
“Folks with certain disabilities may not be able to complete their [voter] registration forms with a traditional signature. [Assembly Bill 1311] will ensure their right to vote is protected, by allowing them to complete their forms by making a mark, a cross, or affixing a stamp to their form.”
Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, District 80
“It's clear that paid sick days are not only good for working people who are able to keep themselves and their customers healthy, but good for business owners who will see less turnover and better productivity from workers who are able to perform to their best ability.”