SACRAMENTO – On Friday, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) announced that Governor Brown signed AB 266, AB 243, and SB 643, the historic package of bills that will finally regulate the medical marijuana industry after nearly twenty years of legal gray areas. The package of bills establish a balance between California's communities' ability to preserve influence over medical marijuana distribution within their borders, and the rights secured by Proposition 215 (1996) for California's citizens to access medical marijuana. Establishing health, public and environmental safety rules affecting distribution and cultivation, these bills will improve the current status quo and will not alter patients’ existing rights of access to, or cultivation of, medical marijuana provided by Proposition 215.
Assemblyman Recognized for His Leadership in Passing Regulatory Framework for
Medical Marijuana that Protects Local Control, Public Safety and Patient Access
SAN JOSE - Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) was honored as Legislator of the Year by
the League of California Cities today during the organization's 2015 Annual Conference and Expo in
San Jose. The top honor was given to Assemblyman Cooley for his leadership in passing the
League-supported Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act.
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 was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.
“I am pleased to announce that this critical funding source for child abuse prevention has been reinstated, and will continue to support valuable programs which directly benefit children in California,” said Assemblyman Cooley.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The likelihood that California voters will be asked to legalize recreational marijuana next year is prompting lawmakers to make a serious run at reining in the state's vast medical marijuana industry — a job they have deferred for nearly two decades.
A pair of bills pending in the California Legislature would create the first statewide regulations for medical marijuana growers, manufacturers of pot-infused products, and distributors such as storefront dispensaries and delivery services.
Rancho Cordova- Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 1245 was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown this week. AB 1245 requires employers to file unemployment insurance taxes electronically with the Employment Development Department (EDD).
“Employers can utilize EDD’s secure website and they do not have to purchase any additional software,” said Assemblyman Cooley. “AB 1245 also includes a hardship provision if an employer can’t access the online system.”
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.”