(Sacramento) – Assembly Budget Committee Chair Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) is praising the passage of another balanced and on-time state budget. "This budget is balanced and on time, but most important, it makes investments in people's lives," said Assemblymember Skinner. "The budget is true to the Assembly's goals of ensuring fiscal stability, while making investments that benefit each and every Californian. The increased investments are the most significant in years and our budgetary actions pay down long-term state debt, contribute to the reserve and put California on solid fiscal footing."
(Sacramento) - Graduation season is upon us. In this PSA, California State Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Santa Cruz) warns students of the dangers of drinking and driving, and he urges them to stay safe and sober this graduation season. Learn more this Assembly Access Video.
(Sacramento) – In this Democratic weekly radio address, Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-North Coast) discusses his bill, AB 2035, which would steer services to assist children who are sexually exploited.
A full transcript is below. This week’s address is 1:29
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) announced today the Assemblymembers who will serve on the Budget Conference Committee, which consists of four Assemblymembers and four Senators to reconcile differences over the budget between the two houses of the Legislature.
The Assemblymembers who will serve on the Committee are Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), who will serve as chair of the Committee, Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo), and Shirley Weber (D-San Diego).
(Sacramento) - California State Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) has introduced legislation (Assembly Bill 1014) to help prevent mass killings like the tragic Isla Vista rampage near UC Santa Barbara that claimed the lives of six students. The proposed legislation would create a gun violence restraining order, establishing a system where concerned family members, intimate partners or friends can notify law enforcement of someone who is demonstrating a propensity to commit violence toward themselves or others. NBC Nightly News correspondant Mike Taibbi takes a look at the legislation. You can watch his report in this Assembly Assets video. http://www.asmdc.org/skinner
(Sacramento) - Assemblymembers Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara) and Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) have announced legislation to help prevent mass killings like the tragic Isla Vista rampage near UC Santa Barbara that claimed the lives of six students. The proposed legislation would create a gun violence restraining order, establishing a system where concerned family members, intimate partners or friends can notify law enforcement of someone who is demonstrating a propensity to commit violence toward themselves or others. “The tragic incident in my hometown of Isla Vista is not a result of gun laws failing. Rather, it is a horrific example of how our mental health laws and gun control laws are not working together,” said Assemblyman Williams. Assemblyman Williams talked about the legislationon the CNN program Legal View With Ashleigh Banfield. Watch the interview in this Assembly Assets video. www.asmdc.org/Williams
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding the Legislative Analyst’s Office revenue forecast:
“The LAO forecast is one more piece of the puzzle as we work to craft a budget that strengthens fiscal stability and expands opportunity by making smart investments. The Assembly Budget Subcommittees will hold their final hearings next week and the LAO forecast will certainly be considered in those hearings.”
SACRAMENTO - The Legislature today unanimously passed Assembly Constitutional Amendment 1 (Second Extraordinary Session), which replaces the current Rainy Day Fund on the November 2014 ballot. The measure reflects the bipartisan agreement reached by Governor Brown and Legislative Leaders last week.
"A real Rainy Day Fund to end the cycle of boom and bust has been one of the cornerstones of the Assembly's efforts to ensure California's fiscal stability," said Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego). "The unanimous vote for our Rainy Day Fund shows just how solid our plan is and I thank Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez for his leadership in making the Rainy Day Fund a reality."
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.”