Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) made the following statement after the Assembly Appropriations Committee passed AB 266, which was amended to make Bonta lead author on the bill to regulate the medical cannabis industry. The bill is joint authored by Assemblymembers Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) and Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles).
“Today represents a great demonstration of unity and collaboration among my Assembly colleagues on the critical issue of regulating the medical cannabis industry,” said Assemblymember Bonta.
(Sacramento) – Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) has been in and around the capitol since he was a legislative staffer in the late 1970s. His knowledge of the Capitol is unsurpassed among his fellow lawmakers. So, when Sacramento television station KOVR TV 13 wanted to get the inside story on the building that dominates the city’s skyline they turned to Assemblyman Cooley for a VIP tour. Watch CBS 13’s “All Access Pass” story in this Assembly Assets video. Assemblymember Cooley’s segment begins at the 4:00 minute mark in the video.
Assemblyman Ken Cooley and VSP hosted a Free Vision Clinic on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Foothill High School in Foothill Farms. Saturday's clinic assisted people with eye exams and fittings for glasses. See more images here.
Sacramento — Today the Assembly Committee on Business and Professions on a bipartisan 13-0 vote passed Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 266, taking action to help provide California with a long-overdue business standards for medical marijuana. California is the only state with medical marijuana access for patients that lacks a robust regulatory process. AB 266 aims to improve the current status quo by helping the exercise of Proposition 215 rights within local community norms.
Assemblyman Cooley, the California Police Chiefs Association and the League of California Cities would like to thank the committee for recognizing the importance of this measure. AB 266 embodies three fundamental priorities: protecting public safety, advancing local control and protecting public health by creating uniform health and safety standards to ensure the safe, lawful distribution to medical marijuana in those cities and counties in which it is authorized.
Two bills that would regulate medical marijuana in different
ways in California were approved Tuesday by an Assembly panel,
although lawmakers said more work needs to be done to address
concerns and settle on one scheme.
Assemblyman Ken Cooley with Holocaust Remembrance Honoree, Elissa Einhorn Provance, Assistant Director for The Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region on Monday, April 13, 2015. Elissa’s father, David Louis Einhorn was a survivor of the Holocaust who became an orphan before he turned 26 years old. Liberated on May 6, 1945, he weighed 60 pounds, having survived ghettos and five concentration camps. He already knew the fate of most of his family. His parents were shot to death in the Sokolov ghetto. His oldest brother and only sister were murdered in Treblinka. His youngest brother was burned alive in the Jezswa ghetto. The fate of his two remaining brothers is still unknown. Mr. Einhorn later migrated to the United States where he married and had three children and several grandchildren. Truly a miracle.
SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 21, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Assemblyman Ken Cooley (District 8) will address over 1,200 participants at the Walk for Brain Injury at the West Steps of the State Capitol on Sunday, March 22nd. March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, and Assemblyman Cooley is slated to introduce a Resolution on the Assembly Floor next Thursday, designating March of each year as Brain Injury Awareness, Treatment, and Prevention Month in the State of California. The resolution encourages officials and the citizens of California to observe the month with appropriate activities and programs to raise awareness about the symptoms of, treatments for, and ways of preventing brain injuries.
"I'm excited to participate in this event to help raise awareness of this critical issue, especially childhood brain injuries," said Assemblyman Cooley. "The Brain Injury Association of California was an essential partner in passing my Assembly Bill 2127 last year, which limits full-contact high school football practices to reduce adolescent brain trauma."
The earth shook, shattering the state Capitol building and pressing a young Ken Cooley into service as Sacramento’s unofficial tour guide.
Now a Democratic Assemblyman from Rancho Cordova, Cooley was working for then-Sen. Lou Papan when Papan was overseeing renovations to the Capitol after the 1971 San Fernando earthquake. In an effort to demonstrate to visitors and critics the worthiness of the project, Cooley began giving tours of the building.
Assemblyman Ken Cooley joined the California Legislative Women’s Caucus to recognize extraordinary women from across the state in celebration of Women’s History Month. This year, the Assemblyman honored Elaine Mayumi Whitefeather. Elaine is the Executive Director for A Community for Peace, a domestic violence intervention and provider in Citrus heights. With Elaine’s leadership, the success of the Domestic Violence Response Team-First Responder program with Citrus Heights Police Department is becoming a model program and sought after by other police departments in California.