AB 393 makes California more business-friendly
Rancho Cordova- Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 393, a bill focused on helping small businesses, received bi-partisan approval today from the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee. AB 393 requires the “GO-Biz” website to house information on the fees state agencies charge businesses and when they are due throughout the year so that start-ups, as well as small businesses, can budget accordingly throughout the year for the expenses.
“Small businesses are integral to maintaining California’s diverse and vibrant economy,” said Cooley. “Government can act as a facilitator to bring key information to business owners to give them an edge in today’s lean economy. One way to do this is to provide access to a user-friendly website, where they can easily locate their business fee requirements and fee schedules.”
Rancho Cordova- Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 724 was approved today by the Assembly Transportation Committee. AB 724 is sponsored by the California Association of Highway Patrolmen, and extends California’s Graduated Driver Licensing program to include 18 and 19 year olds- requiring them to take drivers training in order to obtain a license.
“A grim California reality is that 18 and 19 year old novice drivers have the highest accident and fatal crash rates of any group on the road. The data proves that teenagers who go through the GDL program are significantly and consistently safer drivers,” said Assemblyman Ken Cooley. “This legislation makes them—and every other driver—safer.”
SACRAMENTO – Assembly members Susan Talamantes Eggman, (D-Stockton), and Ken Cooley, (D-Rancho Cordova), today called for changes to parole requirements for criminals at a joint press conference Monday morning. The conference was in advance of a hearing on their bill to restore prison as an option for the incarceration of parole violators.
"The way realignment handles the parole of dangerous, violent felons needs to be adjusted to reality. We must have prison as an option when other measures have failed," said Eggman, whose district, including the cities of Stockton and Tracy, has seen several cases of parolees committing heinous crimes after repeatedly violating parole.
Rancho Cordova- Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s effort to help strengthen California’s preparedness for natural disasters and catastrophic events moved forward today with bipartisan approval of AB 355 by the Assembly’s Governmental Organization Committee. AB 355 will restore funding to the 2013-14 budget year to continue to maintain three mobile field hospitals in California, strategically placed throughout the state for rapid deployment.
“Scientists forecast California will almost certainly experience a devastating earthquake over the next 30 years,” said Assemblyman Cooley. “In a state of 37 million, the capacity these hospitals offer to establish 600 hospital beds in any area within 72 hours of a disaster occurring is a key part of preparedness. It is our responsibility to be ready for the inevitable.”
(Sacramento) - Assemblyman Ken Cooley (Rancho Cordova), Sheila Boxley – President and CEO, Child Abuse Prevention Center and Anne Marie Schubert – Supervising Deputy District Attorney, Special Assault and Child Abuse Unit, Sacramento County District Attorney's Office gathered at the Child Abuse Prevention Center in North Highlands to kick-off April as Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month and announced a bill package aimed at preventing these crimes against our most vulnerable.
(Rancho Cordova)- Assemblyman Ken Cooley announced the unanimous approval by the Assembly Accountability Committee of two bills that strengthen the accountability and transparency requirements for state agencies. The bills, AB 12 and AB 117, respectively, are part of the Assemblyman's overall strategy to make state government more efficient and answerable to all Californians.
"As a guardian of the public trust, I want to ensure that California's regulations are not burdensome for our businesses and every taxpayer dollar spent is a dollar spent efficiently," said Cooley. "My bills strengthen the accountability and transparency of the major regulatory adoption process and provide for more legislative oversight of state agencies."
SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Ken Cooley (Rancho Cordova), Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully and Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones gathered at Sacramento County Rio Cosumnes Correction Center on Monday morning to discuss Assembly Bill 222 aimed at incarcerating drug traffickers in California prisons.
Assembly Bill 222 will help ensure that convicted offenders who sell or transport more than one kilogram of heroin, cocaine or methamphetamine will serve their incarceration in state prison and not county jails.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) today announced support for Assembly Bill 113, a bill that would immediately reduce the delays California businesses encounter when filing documents and articles of incorporation with the Secretary of State's office.
Currently, the Secretary of State's office is faced with a 45-85 day backlog on processing important business documents and articles of incorporation.
"California is home to some of the most innovative companies in the world," said Assemblyman Ken Cooley.
SACRAMENTO – Assembly members Susan Talamantes Eggman and Ken Cooley today announced legislation to allow parole violators to be returned to state prison.
In several high profile cases in California, including at least four in San Joaquin County, dangerous parolees were allowed to continue on parole despite repeat violations, and eventually committed heinous crimes.
Rancho Cordova- The California State Legislative Women's Caucus and Assemblyman Ken Cooley honored Sally J. Rogers, a pioneer and national leader in the treatment of autism, today on the Floor of the State Assembly with the new Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award, honoring distinguished women in honor of Women's History Month.
Sally Rogers, a resident of the 8th Assembly District, co-developed The Early Start Denver Model, a play-based behavioral intervention that was developed to address the unique needs of toddlers with autism and incorporates existing techniques that have received empirical support for improving skill acquisition in preschoolers with autism. This model for treatment was named #3 on the Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs in 2012 by Time Magazine.