Rancho Cordova- Assemblyman Ken Cooley's AB 1245 received a final bi-partisan vote as it was
overwhelmingly approved by the Legislature and is headed to the Governor's desk for approval. AB
1245 requires employers to file unemployment insurance taxes electronically with the Employment
Development Department (EDD).
Rancho Cordova – This week, Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 924 to re-establish the State Children’s Trust Fund as a donation option on state income tax forms heads to the Senate Floor. AB 924 will reinstate the State tax form check-off box as a donation option, ensuring that the Fund will continue to support innovative and effective child abuse prevention programs across the state.
Currently, California taxpayers have the opportunity to pledge a portion of their expected tax return to charitable funds when filing their taxes. Each charitable fund’s listed check-off box location on the tax form is tied to a minimum contribution level adjusted annually for inflation. Failure of any tax check-off to meet the minimum contribution level results in that fund being repealed.
STATE CAPITOL – Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) honored United States Air Force Sergeant Michael Hughes at the Annual Veteran Recognition Luncheon on Wednesday, June 24th.
“I am proud to honor Sergeant Michael Hughes, not only for his service as a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, but also for his work establishing the No Veteran Dies Alone program,” said Cooley. “Sergeant Hughes has continued his legacy of service with his heart by assisting terminally-ill veterans reach their end-of-life with someone at their side, and even escorting the deceased along with a U.S. flag to their final resting place,” continued Cooley.
RANCHO CORDOVA – Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) honored three teams from two local schools for bringing home national awards at prestigious annual science competitions on Monday June 22nd. Two of the award winning teams are from Mira Loma High School (Arden-Arcade), and the third is from Winston Churchill Middle School (Carmichael).
“What a great honor to recognize the hard work and dedication these students put in to achieve these significant awards,” said Cooley. “Their emergent knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and math may lead them to become the professional scientist who resolves some of our most challenging problems, such as a cure for a cancer or an engineering design that can propel us to Mars or beyond,” Cooley continued. “An extra nod to Mira Loma’s science teacher and coach, James Hill who has lead the high school team to the national competition 17 times, more than any other coach in the United States.”
(Sacramento) – Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) honored three teams from two local schools for bringing home national awards from prestigious annual science competitions during the State Assembly’s floor session on Monday June 22nd. Two of the award winning teams are from Mira Loma High School (Arden-Arcade), and the third is from Winston Churchill Middle School (Carmichael). “What a great honor to recognize the hard work and dedication these students put in to achieve these significant awards,” said Assemblyman Cooley. “Their emergent knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and math may lead them to become the professional scientist who resolves some of our most challenging problems, such as a cure for a cancer or an engineering design that can propel us to Mars or beyond.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) joined with his colleagues in the State Assembly to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta by passing Assembly Concurrent Resolution 76. Assemblymember Cooley remarked on the long lasting effect of the historical document saying, “ For as long as people celebrate freedom under law, the Magna Carta will remain an inspiring example of a people's ability to resist tyranny. “We The People” is an echo of the Magna Carta.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
RANCHO CORDOVA – On Wednesday, June 10th, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) honored Lauren Brooks, Owner of Mark & Monica’s Pizza in Carmichael as the 8th Assembly District 2015 Small Business of the Year for California Small Business Day in Sacramento. The event was held at the Sacramento Convention Center in Midtown, giving this family an opportunity to be acknowledged on a statewide stage during the daylong “Salute to Small Business.”
Lauren Brooks, daughter of original owners, Mark and Monica took over the family pizza business in 2014. Lauren practically grew up in the pizza parlor where she learned the special recipes that have defined Mark & Monica’s Family Pizza as Carmichael’s premiere place for family gatherings. Lauren has successfully navigated the business through a tough recession, a devastating fire and a building remodel. Her skills for running a business and maintaining the family spirit will continue to lead Lauren and her family members to a prosperous success that her parents started over 27 years ago.
RANCHO CORDOVA – Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) announced that he has been named the California Business Properties Association’s (CBPA) Legislator of the Year at their association’s annual meeting in Sacramento.
CBPA currently represents over 10,000 members, making it the largest consortium of commercial real estate professionals in California. Their contributions consist of annual direct spending for development and construction and annual expenditures to operate existing buildings, as well as all the economic activity spurred by salary and wage benefits, retail transactions and commerce, and worker productivity.
(Sacramento, CA) - Today in a historic vote of 60 to 8, the California State Assembly passed AB 266, a measure that creates a comprehensive regulatory framework for medical cannabis. AB 266 is joint authored by Assemblymembers Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova), and Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles). The vote marks the first time in recent history that a substantive medical cannabis bill has passed the Assembly floor with strong bipartisan support.
“Today demonstrates how far the Legislature has come on the issue of medical cannabis; AB 266 truly represents an innovative, thoughtful, and much-needed approach to protect our patients and local businesses by creating a robust regulatory framework for this field,” said Assemblymember Bonta.