Gov. Jerry Brown wrapped up a busy legislative session last Sunday in which he signed 805 bills into law and vetoed 96. Midnight Sunday was the veto deadline.
Many of the bills have implications for California’s businesses and workers. There were a few standouts, such as new laws to raise the state’s minimum wage and eliminate enterprise zones, that business groups opposed.
SACRAMENTO – On October 1, 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 934 (Cooley), requiring agencies that collect restitution on behalf of crime victims to make reasonable efforts to locate and distribute the money to the victim, before the agency distributes the money to itself or another local agency.
“Protecting victims of crime and aiding their recovery is a top priority in our state, yet sometimes victims do not get the funds earmarked for them by the courts and are forced to rebuild their lives without this help,” said Assemblyman Ken Cooley. “This bill helps ensure a compensated victim is found and given the restitution they are owed so that they may start on the path to rebuilding their life.”
When it comes to mixing insurance and politics, the two might as well be one in the same for California Assemblyman Ken Cooley.
Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, started his career in the 1970s working on earthquake issues with a unit of government in the San Francisco Bay area. Since that time, Cooley has mixed the businesses of insurance and politics quite often and quite well.
McClellan Business Park and a Roseville health care firm are seeking late-session legislative help to convert two former Air Force barracks into a $10 million live-in care facility for up to 72 seriously ill or injured patients.
The business park and Innovations Health Systems of Roseville want to build six separate care units for 12 patients each. They would be situated in a pair of three-story barracks at the former McClellan Air Force Base.
(CN) - California may lose millions of federal dollars for trying to reform its chronically underfunded pension system, so Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed legislation to ensure that $1.6 billion continues to flow to the Golden State.
The U.S. Department of Labor on Wednesday told the Sacramento Regional Transit District that millions of dollars in transit grants will be withheld because parts of the California Public Employee Pension Reform Act provisions (PEPRA) conflict with federal labor law.
The office of Gov. Jerry Brown announced Wednesday he’s supporting a move to exempt transportation workers from California’s recent reforms to public employee pensions, which threatened to cost the state $1.6 billion in federal transportation grants.
In the Coachella Valley alone, the conflict between state and federal laws would cost SunLine Transit Agency an estimated $2 million in annual operating revenue plus additional money for capital projects. SunLine Interim Manager Roger Snoble said last month the transportation agency would “have a hard time getting through the year” without the federal grants. At the time, a Brown spokesman said the governor’s office was continuing to work with the Labor Department, but he did not say whether the governor would support an exemption for transportation workers.
SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued the following statement after a party-line vote today on AB 84 in the Senate Budget Committee:
“The plan approved by the Senate Budget Committee is an inmate release plan by another name, totally dependent on an illusory legal settlement.
Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed legislation that might help transit districts such as the Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District get back federal funding.
The funding delay is the result of the Pension Reform Act of 2013. Transit workers were included and unions don’t agree with that, so several California unions objected to federal transportation grants. That stalled the grants until the Department of Labor decides whether the Pension Reform Act infringes on a union’s right to collectively bargain.
This week Gov. Jerry Brown signed several bills into law that bolstered the state government’s transparency and accountability to its constituents.
Two came from Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova), one from Assembly Speaker Perez (D-Los Angeles), and one from Assemblyman Adam Grey (D-Merced).
“These bills taken together represent a small but meaningful step toward a more accountable government. Collectively, they provide more tools to the state as far as the roles of the State Auditor and the State Controller and they increase transparency by requiring state agencies to place their reports online,” said Lenny Mendonca, senior partner at McKinsey & Company and co-chair of the California Forward leadership council. - See more at: http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2013/09/gov-brown-signs-four-new-transparency-bills-law/#sthash.6vAB3TDV.dpuf