AB 2249, the California Heritage Protection Act, ensures that park concessionaires in California’s state parks cannot trademark historic place names simply due to their status as a concessionaire Read More
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) presided over the 2016 California electoral college vote that was held in the State Assembly chambers. “It’s one of the lynch pins of American democracy,” Assemblymember Cooley said about the electoral college process. “So, to simply be in the room is awesome. To have the occasion to preside and convene it, and to set the stage for the official electoral college proceedings is the experience of a lifetime.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
RANCHO CORDOVA – Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) announced today he has kicked off a national push to encourage other states to protect their historic state park landmarks as California did this year in response to the U.S. National Park Service’s controversial renaming of several landmarks at Yosemite National Park due to a dispute with their concessionaire.
RANCHO CORDOVA − Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) has been invited to discuss inclusive leadership strategies at the International Leadership Association’s 18th Annual Global Conference on The Dynamics of Inclusive Leadership. The conference, which is designed to facilitate an open dialogue on the challenges of inclusive public leadership in a complex and shared-power world, will be held in Atlanta, Georgia from November 2−5. Cooley will present inclusive leadership strategies he has developed throughout his career in public service during the Public Leadership portion of the conference. It is expected to draw over 1,200 people from 37 countries.
RANCHO CORDOVA – Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s (D-Rancho Cordova) AB 2417 was signed in to law by Governor Brown this afternoon. AB 2417 expands foster youth access to court appointed special advocates, known as CASAs. These are volunteers who are appointed by a judge to provide one-on-one mentorship and advocacy to abused and neglected children who are under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court. Children with court appointed special advocates have demonstrably better long-term outcomes: they are more likely to find a safe permanent home, half as likely to reenter the foster care system, and have far greater success in school. However, there are currently not enough CASA volunteers to advocate on behalf of the foster children in need of their services.
CASA programs are required by law to fingerprint each volunteer to screen for a criminal background before allowing them to mentor and advocate for youth. Non-profit organizations that serve children do not have to pay the California Department of Justice fees for background checks, but CASA programs are currently excluded from this benefit. This places an undue financial burden on this critical child advocacy program.
(Sacramento, CA) – Governor Brown has signed AB 2679 to establish important standards for medical cannabis manufacturers, Assemblymember Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) has announced. In 2015, the legislature passed AB 266, AB 243, and SB 643 – collectively known as the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA). While the MCRSA is being implemented, there is confusion as to what type of cannabis manufacturing is allowed. AB 2679 clarifies which safety standards medical cannabis manufacturers must follow as well as requiring local approval and inspections of the facilities. It deals with critical issues facing local governments regarding the safe manufacture of cannabis products and which guidelines should be used in establishing local permits and authorization.
AB 2679 also proposes that the University of California study marijuana’s effects on motor skills to better assist law enforcement in dealing with drugged driving.
RANCHO CORDOVA – The California Heritage Protection Act (AB 2249) was signed into law today by Governor Brown, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) has announced. AB 2249 ensures park concessionaires in California’s state parks cannot trademark historic place names simply due to their status as a concessionaire. The bill was introduced by Assemblyman Cooley and Assemblymen Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals) and Adam Gray (D-Merced) in response to the U.S. National Park Service’s controversial renaming of several landmarks at Yosemite National Park due to a dispute with their ex-concessionaire.
Rancho Cordova - Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 2833 relating to public retirement system’s disclosure of fees paid to alternative investment vehicles was passed off the Assembly Floor today 69-0 and now heads to the Governor’s desk for signature.
AB 2833, sponsored by State Treasurer John Chiang, creates greater transparency and accountability by requiring all public pension funds to publicly disclose the various fees paid to their private equity general partners, hedge fund partners, and other alternative investment partners on an annual basis.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) honored Kevin Cameron as the 8th Assembly District’s 2016 Veteran of the Year. Each year, the Assembly Veterans Committee hosts the Veteran of the Year Awards to recognize veterans with distinguished military careers or those who have continued to serve making significant contributions to their communities.
“Following his distinguished service in the U.S. Army, Kevin founded a one-of-a-kind non-profit that honorably serves the nation,” said Cooley. “He uses his expertise in dog training, as well as military ethical standards, to provide for Americans in need” continued Cooley.
RANCHO CORDOVA – Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova), Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) and Assemblyman Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals) announced today their efforts to encourage other states to protect their historic state park landmarks in light of the U.S. National Park Service’s controversial renaming of several landmarks at Yosemite National Park due to a dispute with their concessionaire.
They have introduced AB 2249, the California Heritage Protection Act, to ensure park concessionaires in California’s state parks cannot trademark historic place names simply due to their status as a concessionaire. The authors are now urging their colleagues in the other 49 state legislatures to take similar action.