Sacramento, CA—Assemblymember Dickinson issued the following statement about California Proposition 1, the Water Bond:
“I support the water bond. Our region and our state are in the grips of the worst drought in generations and there appears no end in sight. I believe that we, as legislators, must take steps to address both the quality of water and the quantity of water in California. In particular, it is of the utmost importance that we allocate money to habitat restoration in the delta, preserving the eco-system, and money for groundwater planning and management is critical in the state. I have reservations regarding the amount of money California needs for storage, but I am willing to compromise for the better of the whole state. I, and my colleagues in northern California were adamant that no funding from the bond go to support the development of the tunnels and I believe we have that in this bond. Despite my reservations, I do believe the benefits of the bond package and the final analysis outweigh the weaknesses.”
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Sacramento – Today, AB 1871, authored by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento), was approved unanimously by the Senate Appropriations Committee. In an effort to protect consumers, the bill establishes 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, the State Senate approved Assemblymember Roger Dickinson's Assembly Concurrent Resolution 153 (ACR 153) to establish June 11 as "California LGBT Veterans Day" with a 25-1 vote. The resolution recognizes the significant contributions made by Californians who served their country while hiding a part of their identity due to the policies against serving while openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). The resolution seeks to give Californians the opportunity to recognize the contributions made by veterans who served while openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.
"It is essential that Californians take the time to appreciate and honor the contributions of California's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender veterans to our country," said Assemblymember Dickinson. "The veterans of the LGBT community served to protect the freedom of speech for their fellow Americans, while they sacrificed their own freedom of speech, in service to our country."
Yesterday, I rallied with Restore the Delta, Delta Chamber of Commerce, California Striped Bass Association - West Delta Chapter, Center for Biological Diversity, Food and Water Watch, and Sacramento County Group - Sierra Club. Only 10 percent of Californians approve of the plan's two large tunnels.
We know when California understands the issue and what is at stake, the rest of the state will stand with us at California State Capitol.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) — A project to replace the scaffolding around the state Board of Equalization building at Fifth and N streets in Sacramento has been delayed.
The announcement was made late Thursday. The project was scheduled to be completed this weekend.
Jack Ohman's cartoon is a reference to my bill AB 1656, which requires that the state begin the process to consider a new building to house the agency.
Dickinson’s Bill (A.B. 1739) Addresses Groundwater Sustainability
Sacramento, CA— Assemblymember Roger Dickinson issued the following statement about the studies released on groundwater, public attitudes, and California’s drought:
“The UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences study, California Water Foundation report, and Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates and Public Opinion Strategies report released this week underscore the immediate necessity of taking legislative action that will manage groundwater on a sustainable basis. Groundwater is the source for approximately 40 percent of the state's water demands in an average year and up to 60 percent or more during droughts, such as the drought California is currently experiencing. Despite the critical role groundwater plays in water supply for Californians, our state is the only state without comprehensive statewide groundwater management programs.
Today's drought -- the third most severe on record -- is responsible for the greatest water loss ever seen in California agriculture.
UC Davis released key finding on California's drought. Direct costs to agriculture total $1.5 billion (revenue losses of $1 billion and $0.5 billion in additional pumping costs).
(Sacramento) – Shipments of crude oil coming into California by train have increased 4000% percent since 2008. As crude by rail transportation increases, so does the possibility of an accident that would surely result in a hazardous materials emergency. Large crude oil spills have led to deadly fires and explosions. California State Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) wants to ensure that if a rail tanker carrying crude oil or other hazardous materials crashes in California, that emergency responders are fully aware of the situation and materials they are dealing with. That’s why Assemblymember Dickinson authored Assembly Bill 380. If passed, and signed into law, AB 380 would ensure that state and local emergency response agencies are ready, by requiring railroads to report to the California Office of Emergency Services (OES), information regarding hazardous materials transported into this state by rail.
At a recent press conference as part of “North American Week of Action on Oil” Assemblymember Dickinson stated, “In 2013, we had 2.6 million barrels of oil spilled in derailments across the nation. That’s more than the past 40 years combined. We need to take action to ensure that within the power of the state government, we exercise our jurisdiction to bring as much safety as we can to the transport of this commodity,” Dickinson continued.
Watch this Assembly Access Video to see a portion of the press conference regarding the need for AB 380.