Rancho Cordova - Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 2127 passed unanimously out of the State Senate’s Education Committee this morning. AB 2127 seeks to reduce brain injuries and concussions among California’s middle and high school football players by limiting “full-contact” practice time and by ensuring student-athletes who have suffered a brain injury do not return to the playing field too soon. Procedures for return-to-play will be developed by the California Interscholastic Federation, which oversees competitive high school sports for 1,540 California schools.
“Over the past several years, there has been national visibility on the impact of hard hits in youth through professional football,” Cooley said. “We have a multitude of evidence that this does not just affect professional athletes, but that younger kids who are still developing are just as susceptible. Medical research has shown hits don’t have to produce a concussion to have long-lasting effects.”
The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District will be allowed to return to property owners $1.3 million in mistakenly collected taxes under an Assembly bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Assemblyman Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, announced today that his bill, AB 1053, will allow the fire district to proceed with refunds to more than 3,800 property owners in Sacramento County.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Responding to parental safety concerns, the state Assembly on Thursday passed legislation limiting full-contact practices for high school football teams. It has the support of the California Interscholastic Federation, which oversees high school athletics.
Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, said he was motivated by the growing anxiety from parents about the risks associated with concussions. The American Academy of Pediatrics, writing in support of the bill, said head injuries from football may lead to long-term brain damage and early-onset dementia.
On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, Crime Victims United of California presented Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) with its 2014 Legislator of the Year Award. Crime Victims United presented Cooley with the award for his support on a variety of bills that strengthen public safety efforts and protects victims’ rights.
SACRAMENTO – On Tuesday, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) was appointed Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Foster Care. In this role, Cooley will lead his colleagues in developing policy addressing the ever-changing needs of kids in California’s foster care system.
“California’s foster care system is not as effective as it can be, often placing burdens on families and relatives trying to help children without homes. These policies can also restrict access to key resources children need to help them succeed,” said Cooley. “I am honored to accept this appointment as Chair of the Select Committee on Foster Care, and am eager to work with colleagues and stakeholders to improve our system.”
SACRAMENTO – On Monday, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) awarded Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully with the California State Assembly’s 2014 Woman of the Year Award. Earlier this year, Assemblyman Cooley nominated Scully for the award for her work as Sacramento’s chief criminal prosecutor and as a principal victim rights advocate in the region.
“20 years ago, in her first year as Sacramento County District Attorney, Jan was selected as “Woman of the Year” by the late Assemblywoman Barbara Alby. It is a great privilege to honor Jan as Woman of the Year on the Floor of the Assembly again as she closes out two decades of outstanding service to the people of Sacramento,” said Cooley.
SACRAMENTO - Today, the Assembly passed on a bipartisan 76-0 vote, Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s legislation to prevent child sexual abuse. Assembly Bill 883 (AB 883) helps protect California’s children by creating a pilot program in up to three counties to specifically address child sexual abuse prevention.
Although the state aggressively prosecutes child sexual predators and requires mandated reporting for suspected abuse, there is a lack of focus on preventing the abuse before it occurs.
SACRAMENTO – Today, following Governor Jerry Brown’s 2014 State of the State Address, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) commended Governor Brown’s fiscal responsibility in using our State’s budget surplus to pay down debt and allocate significant portions toward the Rainy Day Fund.
“I am very happy in the fiscal responsibility Governor Brown has shown in using our budget surplus to relieve our State’s debt while focusing funding towards build up programs that will do a better job to uplift our local communities and neighborhoods.”
California lawmakers are getting their first pay raise in six years next month, and unlike previous increases, only a handful are turning down the larger paycheck.
The independent commission that sets pay and benefits for 120 legislators and 12 constitutional officers trimmed compensation as the state struggled through the recession. But with the economy on the rise and tax revenue ticking up, the panel decided that a 5.3 percent partial restoration – to $95,291 from $90,526 annually for rank-and-file lawmakers – was appropriate beginning Dec. 1.
“For this we are very sorry,” said Sharon Hilliard, the Employment Development Department’s Chief Deputy Director.
270,000 Californians went without service, went without answers, and most importantly went without unemployment benefits – rent, groceries, gas – as a result of a computer system update.