Sacramento – Today, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson’s (D-Sacramento) landmark Assembly Bill 420, which seeks to keep kids in school, was signed into law by the Governor. AB 420 takes a large step towards fixing California’s broken school discipline practices statewide. The bill will curb the excessive use of willful defiance as a reason to suspend and expel students by prohibiting expulsions from school for grades K-12 based upon willful defiance, and eliminating out-of-school suspensions for grades K-3 based upon willful defiance.
Sacramento – Today, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson’s (D-Sacramento) Assembly Bill 1790 was signed into law by the Governor. This bill improves the stability of adoptive and guardianship families by increasing the pool of mental health professionals specializing in permanent placement of adopted children.
“This is the first legislation in the country to address the need for adoption and permanency of competent mental health providers,” said Assemblymember Roger Dickinson. “AB 1790 will increase the pool of clinicians who understand the unique challenges facing adoptive families and in turn, give more foster children a successful, permanent home,” he added.
Sacramento – Today, Senate Bill 628 (Beall), a bill based on Assemblymember Roger Dickinson’s Assembly Bill 243, was signed into law. The bill streamlines the creation of Infrastructure Financing Districts, expands their purpose, and renames them Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts (EIFD’s). The bill promotes local cooperation and includes protections for state and local taxpayers.
“The bill establishes EIFD’s to provide a flexible tool for local governments to address needed economic development, affordable housing, sustainable development, environmental mitigation, and other needs in a fiscally responsible manner,” said Dickinson.
Sacramento – Today, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson’s (D-Sacramento) AB 1871, addressing Certified Farmer’s Market standards, was signed into law by the Governor. 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 farmer’s markets.
“The risk of catastrophic injury to life and property by rail accident has grown dramatically,” said Dickinson. “State and local emergency response agencies face new challenges when dealing with this amount of hyper-flammable crude oil. Now our emergency response agencies will have the information they need about crude oil cargo in order to prepare and protect our communities and minimize any damage from an accident,” Dickinson added.
Sacramento – Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) released the following statement today on the California State Auditor’s report that he requested in February 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 audit analyzed the current and future investment necessary to repair failing components of the building versus the cost of constructing a new, more efficient facility.
“The audit further demonstrates that even using conservative assumptions, there is significant fiscal benefit to the taxpayers to moving out of this dilapidated building, redeveloping it, and reusing it,” said Dickinson.
“Every day that goes by, the BOE Headquarters compromises the health and safety of the public and employees while wasting more taxpayer money,” Dickinson said. “It is imperative that we begin the process of considering other options for the BOE headquarters.”
The Natomas Levee Improvement Project, a part of the Water Resources and Reform Development Act (WRRDA), recently became law. Local governments are tasked with allocating the local share of the project’s costs. This bill will potentially reduce costs by eliminating the need for a new assessment district.
Assembly Bill 60, authored by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) and signed into law last year, will enable approximately 1.5 million undocumented immigrants in California to obtain driver's licenses. AB 852 prohibits third parties from charging driver's license applicants fees to fill out the application form. The bill will help prevent fraud from occurring in the AB 60 license application process, helping to ensure a successful implementation.
Sacramento – Assembly Bill 1739, authored by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento), along with SB 1168 and SB 1319 by Senator Fran Pavley, were signed into law today by the Governor. The package of bills seeks to achieve sustainable groundwater levels within twenty years of the plan’s adoption. The package improves local and regional groundwater management levels, especially in high and medium risk overdraft basins and sub-basins. The bills also will protect California’s drinking water.
“Ensuring a sustainable supply of groundwater is a critical element of addressing the water challenges facing California,” Dickinson said. ”Over drafting our groundwater leads to subsidence and contamination; consequences we cannot afford. With these new laws in effect, California will take important steps to ensure we are protecting our valuable water supply for years to come.”