(Sacramento) -- Over one million people a year visit our State Capitol in Sacramento. California's Capitol is an historic building that in many ways tells the story of who we are as a state. Over several decades, California State Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) has watched our Capitol evolve into the building it is today, and he invites constituents to visit. Learn more about the Capitol building, its history and how you can schedule a tour in this Assembly Access Video.
(Sacramento) -- Over one million people a year visit California's State Capitol. California's Capitol is an historic building that binds us together in the fabric of who we are as a state. California State Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) authored Assembly Concurrent Resolution 43, which designates May 2013 as "State Capitol History Month." Learn more about the Capitol building and its history in this Assembly Access Video.
(Sacramento) - For the past nine years, the California State Assembly has honored survivors of the Holocaust during the California Holocaust Remembrance Week. This year, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) rose to speak during the ceremonies on the Assembly floor about Liz Egra, who, along with her mother fled a Jewish ghetto. Her father died in one of the Nazi death camps. AssemblymanCooley praised Egra for dedicating her life to educating others about the horrors of the Holocaust. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
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. AB 113 would allocate $2 million to the overwhelmed Secretary of State's office to expedite the processing of 122,000 backlogged business filings. “A function of government is to release the energy in our economy and shouldn’t be an obstacle that causes people of industry and vision to wilt at the prospect of dealing with it," said Assemblyman Cooley. “AB 113 will speed things along and release that energy into our economy." Watch Assemblyman Cooley's comments on the Assembly Floor regarding AB 113, in this Assembly Access Video.
(Sacramento) -- Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Sacramento) wore a special ribbon when he spoke on the Assembly floor about Assembly Concurrent Resolution 22, which declared March 11th to the 15th as Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week. The ribbon was made for him by a constituent who has Multiple Sclerosis. MS is a neurological disease of the central nervous system that affects an estimated 400,000 Americans across the country, and nearly 200 new cases are diagnosed each week nationwide. The California chapters of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society report that more than 40,000 people in California are affected by this devastating disease.
Legislators are proposing several bills that add lengthy prison terms for people who violate their parole, which could challenge the state's realignment plan to address overcrowding.
California has been under pressure for years to address chronic overcrowding inside 33 adult prisons. In 2011, federal courts required the state to make drastic reductions in its prison inmate population. Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature launched a prison "realignment" that shifted responsibility for thousands of lower-level offenders and parole violators from state prisons to county jails.
Three bills challenge that arrangement.
Sacramento - Seventy one years ago, during World War II Japanese Americans were forced into internment camps. February 20, 2013 marks a “Day of Remembrance” in California, as we look back to that dark time and vow to never let it happen again. California State Assemblymember Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) rose on the floor of the Assembly to honor the survivors of those camps and the Japanese American veterans who fought for the United States. Hear more from Assemblymember Cooley in this Assembly Access Video.
(Sacramento) – California State Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) says Governor Jerry Brown's State of the State Address challenges Californians to reach for the future. Assemblyman Cooley agrees with the Governor's hope for continued funding of higher education and public schools, while giving more local control to teachers and school districts. Cooley, a former councilman and mayor of Rancho Cordova, helped that city grow during difficult times. He agrees with the Governor's attitude of fiscal restraint for the long term health of California. Hear more in this Assembly Access Video.
Also, listen to Assemblyman Cooley on Capitol Public Radio with Beth Ruyak on "Insight":
(Sacramento) – Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) and the California State Assembly today honored the anniversary of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who is commemorated with a national holiday on Monday for his lifelong fight for equality and civil rights. Assemblyman Cooley told his fellow lawmakers that Dr. King’s legacy should inspire us to actively promote justice for everyone. Here’s more from Assemblyman Cooley in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) – An historic class of 39 new Assemblymembers were sworn into office for the 2013-14 session. Among them was California State Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova). Assemblyman Cooley is excited to work hard for California, just as he did for his hometown of Rancho Cordova when he was a city councilman there. Education is will be Assemblyman Cooley’s top priority for the upcoming legislative session. Hear more from Cooley’s first day on the job in this Assembly Access Video.