Survey Aims to Improve Services to the Women Who Served Our Nation
Sacramento, CA – The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) in conjunction with the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls and the California Research Bureau (CRB) of the California State Library are currently administering a survey to assess the needs and challenges of women veterans.
The purpose of the survey is to document and track the status and experiences of California women who have served or are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. It is the most extensive statewide effort to gather this information, which is used by policymakers, state agencies and service providers to update policies and improve services for women veterans and their families. The survey is also designed to encourage women veterans to connect to services available through CalVet and other state and federal departments and local organizations.
Assembly Bill 1336 Will Improve Working Conditions for Both Employers and Employees
Sacramento, CA – A bill to ensure employees are paid wages owed was signed by Governor Jerry Brown. Assembly Bill 1336, authored by Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D – Oakley), is part of a unified effort to protect workers from a form of wage theft that affects thousands of well-trained construction workers. “I am proud to partner with the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California on this significant piece of legislation,” said Assemblymember Frazier.
This new law provides additional tools that the State of California may use to pursue employers that fail to pay their workers the proper wages. This bill also assists Labor Management Cooperation Committees that are established to improve the communication and the working relationship between labor and management, by providing additional payroll information in order to follow up with employees and confirm that they are being adequately paid.
AB 417 Will Significantly Improve Bicycle Transportation in Cities and Counties
Sacramento, CA - Today Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 417 authored by Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D – Oakley) that streamlines the CEQA process for bicycle transportation plans. “AB 417 is a common sense approach to a much needed change,” said Assemblymember Frazier.
AB 417 will provide a narrow exemption for bicycle transportation plans in urbanized areas and will ensure public participation and address traffic and safety impacts. “This bill corrects the unanticipated consequences of CEQA,” said Dave Snyder from the California Bicycle Coalition, “and will allow cities to calm their traffic, install bicycle lanes, and improve bike parking and signage without enduring millions of dollars in expense and incurring years of delay.”
Latest in Series of Oversight Hearings Focuses on Fraud Reported by CNN and Center for Investigative Reporting
SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, a joint hearing of the California Assembly’s Accountability and Administrative Review Committee and Health Committee brought together administrators responsible for the state’s Drug Medi-Cal program to get to the bottom of fraud allegations at rehabilitation centers that take taxpayer dollars from the low-income drug rehabilitation program.
Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley), Chair of the Assembly Accountability and Administrative Committee, and Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), Chair of the Assembly Health Committee, sought answers to questions regarding the lack of oversight by agencies responsible for administering the Drug Medi-Cal program.
Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) released the following statement in response to a letter from Congressmembers Doris Matsui (CA-06), George Miller (CA-11), Mike Thompson (CA-05), Jerry McNerney (CA-09), John Garamendi (CA-03), Anna Eshoo (CA-18) and Ami Bera (CA-07) to Governor Jerry Brown; the text expressed concern regarding the assumption of federal funding for the proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). To view a copy of the signed letter, click here.
Freshman Legislator Starts off Strong in his First Year in Office
Sacramento, CA – Four pieces of legislation authored by Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) have passed both houses of the Legislature and are on Governor Brown’s desk awaiting action.
“When I ran for office, I made a commitment to put people before politics,” said Assemblymember Frazier. “The legislation I have put forth this year reflects that promise; I am proud to have authored bills that will reduce traffic injuries and fatalities, protect taxpayer dollars, streamline CEQA, improve our streets and highways, and protect workers. It is my hope that these pieces of legislation will be signed by the Governor and will make a meaningful difference for California.”
Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Jim Frazier’s (D-Oakley) second piece of legislation, Assembly Bill 287, has been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.
The bill requires the California Department of Veterans Affairs to annually compile a list of eligible Vietnam veterans to be added to the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Assembly Bill 1070 will help improve transportation projects in California
Sacramento, CA – Freshman Assemblymember Jim Frazier’s (D-Oakley) first bill has been officially signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.
Assembly Bill 1070, sponsored by State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, makes changes to the California Transportation Financing Authority (CTFA), which will help the authority accomplish its goals of reducing traffic congestion and improving the state’s transportation system. Assemblymember Frazier’s bill will aid CTFA in its ability to issue revenue bonds in order to finance transportation projects.
Assemblyman Jim Frazier hosted a Senior Scam Stopper event yesterday at the Brentwood Senior Center where a panel of experts shared stories, tips, and potential responses if you are a victim of fraud.
Sacramento, CA - AB 513 by Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) that increases funding to cities and counties for transportation projects that utilize environmentally friendly Rubberized Asphalt Concrete passed the Senate Environmental Quality Committee with bipartisan support. The bill also increases grant funding to local governmental agencies, such as regional park districts that include access for people with disabilities and bike trails.
Rubberized Asphalt Concrete (RAC) is a road paving material that combines waste tires and asphalt binder to create a strong and durable product that successfully recycles tires. RAC not only benefits the environment by reducing the number of tires that are landfilled or burned each year, but it also provides more durability than regular asphalt and reduces road noise by around five decibels.