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Sacramento – At a press conference today, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) announced legislation he will introduce that would help protect communities from rail accidents involving crude oil. Currently, very little information on crude by rail shipments is given to local emergency personnel, keeping them from being able to appropriately prepare emergency response efforts.
“With the increase in crude by rail shipments statewide and locally, more needs to be done to ensure that state and local emergency responders are provided with sufficient information to prepare for potential accidents and respond as rapidly as possible,” said Dickinson. “This public safety legislation will help communities throughout the state be better prepared when dealing with the potential deadly threat of increased crude by rail shipments. The better prepared we are to respond in the event of an accident, the greater the likelihood of success in protecting life and property,” he added.
(Sacramento) - Assemblymembers Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) and Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) have announced legislation to help protect consumer information in the event of a business data breach. Target and Neiman Marcus were the victims of massive data breaches recently that compromised millions of customers’ credit and debit card numbers. “Recent breaches emphasized the need for stronger consumer protections and awareness. The retailers affected by the recent mega data breaches are not the first nor will they be the last,” said Dickinson, Chair of the Assembly Banking and Finance Committee. “Assembly Bill 1710 will increase consumer privacy, ensure appropriate fraud and identity theft protection, and safeguard against the exploitation of personal information,” he added. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) - At a press conference today, Assemblymembers Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) and Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) announced AB 1710, legislation to help protect consumer information in the event of a business data breach. Target and Neiman Marcus were the victims of massive data breaches recently that compromised millions of customers' credit and debit card numbers. The largest breach that took place affected over $110 million consumers. These consumers will need to monitor their personal information for years to come due to this data breach.
Sacramento –Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) released the following statement on Caltrans’ revised highway construction projects announced today:
“I am pleased that, due to the urging of local leaders, Caltrans has decided to modify their highway construction projects. Unfortunately, issues remain with the new plan. I am still concerned about the timing of the Pioneer Bridge project and the Hwy 80 HOV lane project, and Caltrans’ hesitation to reimburse local governments for their traffic mitigation costs. Caltrans should take every precaution to reduce the negative impacts of these construction projects on local residents and businesses.”
Sacramento – Today, AB 1871, authored by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento), was approved on a unanimous bipartisan vote by the Assembly Agriculture Committee. In an effort to protect consumers, the bill clarifies standards regarding false and misleading advertising, direct marketing registration, food safety self-certification, inspection, and enforcement at certified farmers markets.
“Californians are fortunate to have the highest concentration of farmers markets in the nation,” said Dickinson. “AB 1871 will increase consumer protections and accountability at our certified farmers markets, protect local farmers, and help this growing sector of the economy continue to thrive,” said Dickinson.
Sacramento – Today, Assembly Bill 1964, authored by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento), was approved by the Assembly Public Safety Committee on a 5-2 vote. The bill would close a loophole in current law that allows any person to purchase an “unsafe handgun” if it was previously modified to be a single shot weapon. These modifications are easily undone after the sale of the gun, returning the weapon to its original illegal semi-automatic configuration.
“AB 1964 will ensure that all handguns purchased through a dealer in California are handguns which meet all safety and firing tests and contain all state required handgun safety features,” said Assemblymember Roger Dickinson. “By limiting the guns available for sale we can further protect our families and our communities from gun violence,” he added.
Sacramento – Today, Assembly Bill 2485, authored by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento), was approved by the Assembly Judiciary Committee on a unanimous bipartisan vote. The bill would permit the City of Sacramento to continue a successful pilot program that allows the City Attorney to pursue eviction of a tenant who is violating laws concerning the use and distribution of illegal drugs.
“AB 2485 restores an extremely useful program that protects health and safety in our community,” said Assemblymember Roger Dickinson. “The bill will ensure that those who use their premises for illegal activity can be lawfully evicted,” he added.
Sacramento – Today, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) sent the below letter to Malcolm Dougherty, Director of the California Department of Transportation, urging him to reexamine the timing of their planned highway improvement projects in the Sacramento region:
Dear Director Dougherty:
I am writing to express my concerns about the timing of several large highway projects your department will be performing this summer.
Sacramento – Today, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento), member of the Assembly Budget and Judiciary Committees, released the following statement on today’s State of the Judiciary Address by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye:
"I commend the Chief Justice on her comments regarding keeping kids in school and out of court. I appreciate her continued commitment to this critical issue in the lives of our young people. We need to move away from the overuse of harsh discipline by ensuring that suspensions and expulsions are reserved for the most serious offenses. California must not delay in bringing fairness and balance to our school disciplinary practices.
Additionally, I agree with her remarks that access to justice remains a major concern with over two million Californians without access to a local court. The Judicial Branch is still struggling with severe budget cuts absorbed over the last several years which have placed the right to speedy and effective justice at risk. I look forward to working with the Chief Justice and my colleagues in the Legislature to craft a plan to ensure that the courts remain an asset for equal and timely access to justice for all individuals as guaranteed in our federal and state Constitution."
Sacramento – Today, the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) unanimously approved Assemblymember Roger Dickinson’s (D-Sacramento) request of an audit of the overall costs to the state to repair and continue to house employees in the Board of Equalization (BOE) building at 450 N Street in Sacramento. The request also includes an audit of the BOE’s other locations, and whether the state could increase efficiency, improve public safety for employees, and decrease costs by consolidating operations in a new facility. The audit will take approximately five months to complete.
“In light of the significant costs to repair 450 N Street, operating inefficiencies of the BOE being housed in that building and four other satellite facilities, and the costs to the BOE of paying off bonds, the audit will analyze our current and future investment necessary to repair failing components of the building versus the cost of constructing a new, more efficient facility,” said Dickinson.