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Boosts Bill to Help Law Enforcement Protect CA Transportation Systems

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) today said public safety jobs should be viewed as a priority in crafting the state budget, reiterating his commitment to review the governor’s upcoming budget proposal in terms of its impact on jobs in our hard-hit state. Pérez made the comments at a Capitol news conference where he was joined by public safety leaders to call for passage of his legislation to protect Californians and tourists as they use public transportation systems.

“In spite of the enormous budget challenges facing our state, we need to ensure that public safety officials have adequate resources to perform their critical work,” Pérez said. “Recent budget debates have seen proposals that would reduce the number of law enforcement officers in California. I am deeply troubled by these proposals because reducing the number of police will result in communities that are less safe for people to live, work and start businesses and that will result in long term economic harm to our communities and our state.”

At the news conference Speaker Pérez pushed support for his AB 2324, noting the attempted car bombing in Times Square reminds us of the need to be vigilant and the recent Moscow bombings remind us that transit systems remain prime targets.

“AB 2324, which is sponsored by Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, creates ‘weapons free zones’ at public transit stations,” Pérez said. “The people of California deserve to know that when they walk into a transit station, they are safe and secure and that law enforcement has adequate tools and resources to maintain that security.”

AB 2324 would make it a crime to bring most weapons aboard public transit vehicles and into vulnerable areas of bus depots and train stations.  The bill will also make it a crime to knowingly avoid security screenings and strengthen penalties for repeat offenders engaging in certain dangerous crimes. AB 2324 is scheduled for a vote on the Assembly floor Thursday, May 13.

CONTACT: Shannon Murphy (916) 319-2408

Speaker Pérez: Keeping Public Safety Jobs Key in State Budget

(Sacramento) - Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) says public safety jobs should be viewed as a priority in crafting the state budget, reiterating his commitment to review the governor’s upcoming budget proposal in terms of its impact on jobs in our hard-hit state. Pérez made the comments at a Capitol news conference where he was joined by public safety leaders to call for passage of his legislation to protect Californians and tourists as they use public transportation systems. “In spite of the enormous budget challenges facing our state, we need to ensure that public safety officials have adequate resources to perform their critical work,” Pérez said. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Below are links to audio from today’s news conference.

Speaker Pérez’s opening remarks at today’s news conference. (1:56) mp3

Speaker Pérez says the ongoing budget hearings and forums are keeping Democrats closely connected to real Californians. (:33) mp3

Speaker Pérez says explains how he will view any proposed cuts to public safety programs. (:24) mp3

Speaker Pérez says he does not want to make cuts in state programs that will hurt local government. (:19) mp3

PRESS CONFERENCE PHOTOS

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