AB 1525 would allow city clerks to perform marriage ceremonies.
SACRAMENTO – Today, the Assembly Judiciary Committee passed AB 1525 by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, with a unanimous vote. Sponsored by the City of Long Beach, the measure adds city clerks to the list of officials allowed to solemnize marriage ceremonies that already includes county clerks, judges, justices, mayors, county supervisors, legislators, and members of Congress. Long Beach City Clerk, Larry Herrera, testified in support of the bill.
“We’re one step closer to giving couples another option for their marriage ceremony,” said Lowenthal. “I’m thrilled with the bipartisan support for the bill, and proud that Long Beach is once again leading the way for communities across the state.”
SACRAMENTO—Today Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) announced the following changes to committee membership for the 2013-2014 Regular Session:
Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials
Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) will replace Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Santa Cruz) on the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee.
Labor and Employment
Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) will replace Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez on the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee.
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) has been elected by her colleagues in the California State Assembly to become the 69th Speaker later this Spring, succeeding current Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles).
“I am grateful to my Assembly colleagues for selecting me for this honor and responsibility,” says Atkins. “After several years of deficits and financial challenges created by the Great Recession, California has finally begun down a path of stabilization and growing prosperity. I look forward to working with Assemblymembers on both sides of the aisle and the Governor as we take advantage of this opportunity to continue laying a sound financial foundation for our state.”
FRESNO - Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez met with Central Valley leaders Friday to discuss immediate drought-relief measures as well as the need for a comprehensive solution to California’s complex water needs.
"California’s water crisis is among the worst in over century, and no place in our state is feeling the effects of the drought as severely as the Central Valley,” said Speaker Pérez (D-Los Angeles).
SACRAMENTO—Amid a growing realization that California’s electronic infrastructure is vulnerable to cyberattacks, legislation by Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) would establish the California Cybersecurity Commission, a panel of appointed experts that would coordinate government and private sector efforts to protect critical infrastructure.
“Our ever growing dependence on technology has created a demand for increased cybersecurity” said Speaker Pérez. “Until now, we have seen only a fragmented approach to this issue that has left our system vulnerable to both foreign and domestic cybersecurity attacks. We need stronger statewide cybersecurity assessment and response capabilities to address this continuous threat. That is why it is imperative that we form a state-led commission that allows California to take a leading role on cybersecurity issues, and to take a critical step in helping ensure public safety on this front.”
Increased Funding Will Create Jobs and Protect State from Future Droughts
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), Chair of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee, announced today that he is proposing amendments to Assembly Bill (AB) 1331—the Clean and Safe Drinking Water Act of 2014—to increase funding for above and below ground water storage from $1.5 billion to $2.5 billion. The Assemblymember was joined by Central California lawmakers and industry trade groups who support the proposal.
“After holding hearings across the state, it’s clear that Californians want more storage in order to meet the growing water needs of our state,” said Assemblymember Rendon. “This increase in water storage funding will help protect California from future droughts and provide tens of thousands of new jobs at the same time.”
(Sacramento) – Appearing at Northeast Medical Services in Chinatown, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles), San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, and Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) today called for enactment of the Speaker’s legislation, AB 2325, which would increase the number of medical interpreters to help ensure Californians with limited English receive the right medical treatment.
“In a state as large and diverse as California, we need to ensure that people who are seeking medical attention are able to effectively communicate their symptoms, so that doctors can correctly identify the illness or injury and take the appropriate steps to treat it,” Speaker Pérez said. “This legislation is a smart investment in health care for Californians, because the vast majority of the funds available come from the federal government, so we can improve health care outcomes and generate economic activity without significantly impacting California’s budget.”
SACRAMENTO— Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement regarding conservative groups failing to obtain the necessary signatures to qualify a referendum on the 2014 ballot regarding Assembly Bill 1266, which allows transgender students in public schools to have access to sports teams and school facilities such as restrooms with respect to their gender identity:
“The failure to gain enough signatures for a referendum on AB 1266 shows Californians are committed to defending the rights of everyone in our state to ensure that no one is left without a voice. AB 1266 is about making sure there is a safe place for transgender students to fully participate in their schools. For too long, transgender members of our society have suffered through the indignity of exclusion, and this bill rights those wrongs by giving protections that would keep transgender students safe and give them recognition for who they truly are.”
SACRAMENTO – Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Chair of the Assembly Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee, on Wednesday announced they would push to implement a long-term solution to the funding shortfall in the California State Teachers’ Retirement System this year.
“The Assembly will pursue a solution to the STRS shortfall this legislative session,” said Speaker Pérez. “Further delay only means further cost and further exposure for the state’s general fund. We believe there must be shared responsibility for a funding solution between school districts, the state and teachers. Our end goal is a State Teachers Retirement system that is 100% fully funded.”
SACRAMENTO – Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement on the Assembly Democratic Caucus’s vote to elect Assemblymember Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) as the next Speaker of the Assembly:
“I am delighted that Assembly Democrats have united behind Majority Leader Toni Atkins to become the next Speaker of the Assembly. I supported Ms. Atkins for Speaker because she is a strong leader on vital issues like increasing Californians’ access to health care, creating jobs and strengthening our state’s economy, and ensuring we honor the state’s debt to our veterans. I have also seen, perhaps better than anyone, how hard she works to keep the Assembly on track to take care of the people’s business. We will schedule a vote of the full Assembly early in the spring, and announce a transition date. I will do everything I can to ensure a seamless transition and I know Ms. Atkins will make an excellent Speaker.”