(Sacramento) - The California State Assembly adjourned in memory of the 49 people murdered in an attack of a gay nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016. Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton), chair of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus, requested the adjournment, and spoke of the importance of safe spaces for the LGBT community and the corrosive effect of homophobia. Watch this Assembly Access Video to hear Assemblymember Talamantes-Eggman’s eloquent comments on the Assembly Floor.
(Los Angeles) – Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton), Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Civic Engagement, held a hearing at Los Angeles Public Library on Friday, May 13th to discuss the importance of, barriers to, and the various ways to increase civic engagement. "If we can't have some of the more commonplace dialogues first, then what are we left with when we really try to talk about some of the very big things?" Learn more in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) – Legislation (AB 1713), authored by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton), that would prohibit the building of the twin delta tunnels unless approved by Californians in a statewide vote has been approved by the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife. “Today’s vote was about choice,” Assemblymember Eggman said. “AB 1713 will shed some light on a project with huge implications and its passage is a huge win not only for the San Joaquin Delta, but also for the people of California. Building tunnels won’t solve California’s water crisis, but investing and developing new technologies and tools may be the best and only way to create a sustainable and long term solution for our water needs.” AB 1713 will require approval via ballot initiative for any infrastructure project that conveys water directly from a diversion point in the Sacramento River to pumping facilities of the State Water Project or the federal Central Valley Project south of the Delta. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) – At a joint legislative hearing of the Assembly Appropriations and Senate Government Finance Committees, Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) pressed for a statewide vote on the Governor’s proposed “twin tunnels” project to carry water under the Delta to Southern California. “An enormous amount of time and energy has been wasted rebranding and repackaging the same old Peripheral Canal plan that voters rejected decades ago,” Assemblymember Eggman said. “It’s tragic that despite our ongoing drought, this flawed plan is being forced on us without any true debate even though it will not add one drop of water to California’s supply, but it will raise the water rates and potentially property taxes of millions of Californians.” Assemblymember Eggman has proposed legislation to force a statewide vote on the project.
(San Rafael, CA) – California State Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) hosted a “Personal Choice, End of Life Options” Town Hall in San Rafael. The purpose of the gathering was to discuss Assembly Bill 15 (Eggman) in the Second Extraordinary Session, which was signed into law by Governor Brown. The law will allow dying Californians and their doctors to make end of life decisions regarding their passing. ABX2-15 will allow mentally stable, terminal patients with six months or less to live to seek a physician’s prescription for life-ending medication that would allow the patient to pass in a painless manner, rather than endure on-going pain and suffering prior to their impending death. Over 200 people packed the San Rafael City Council Chambers to hear about the new law. Community members were able to ask questions and make comments. The law’s author, Assemblymember Susan Talamantes-Eggman (D-Stockton) along with end of life advocates and experts answered questions and gave useful information to the standing-room-only crowd. Assemblymember Levine moderated the event. Watch this Assembly Access Video to see a portion of the town hall meeting.
(Stockton, CA) – Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) was the host for a Public Forum of the State Assembly’s Select Committee on the Status of Women and Girls of Color. Committee Chair Nora Campos (D-San Jose) and Committee member Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) were also on hand for the forum. The Select Committee and its panel of experts discussed what factors impact the lives of women and girls of color and their families. Specifically, what promotes success? What limits success? More than a dozen women and girls from the audience also testified. The Stockton hearing and previous meetings in San Jose and Los Angeles will help create the platform the Select Committee will use for future hearings and future policy. Learn more in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) – A coalition of lawmakers has introduced a bill in the Assembly to carry on the push to pass aid-in-dying reform this year, citing the urgency of the issue and its overwhelming support among Californians. The bill’s introduction follows two recent Superior Court rulings that have underlined that it is the role of the State Legislature to overturn the state’s 141-year-old ban on aid-in-dying. The bill, AB X2-15, authored by Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton), would allow mentally-capable, terminally-ill adults the option to request a doctor’s prescription for aid-in-dying drugs to painlessly and peacefully hasten their death. “There are people right now who are facing a terminal diagnosis, watching this fight, praying for our success and hoping to be able to take control of their lives through these reforms,” said Assemblymember Eggman. “They don’t have another year to wait; they are counting on this bill, this year.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) wrote Assembly Bill 1351 because many immigrants were being punished as a result of their good faith participation in a diversion program for minor drug crimes. Assemblymember Eggman says AB 1351 will fix an unintended consequences of the war on drugs by allowing for pre-trial diversion, instead of post-plea deferred entry of judgment, for certain nonviolent, misdemeanor offenses. Assemblymember Eggman told the Public Safety Committee as she presented her measure, “This ongoing injustice to new Americans and established immigrant residents should not be tolerated as “collateral damage” in the failed War on Drugs.” Here’s more from Assemblymember Eggman in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) wrote Assembly Bill 1352 because, over the years, thousands of immigrant defendants have agreed to plead guilty and successfully fulfilled all Deferred Entry of Judgment (DEJ) requirements. Unfortunately, under federal immigration law that guilty plea and the DEJ requirements created a damaging drug “conviction” on their records. So, even though California dismissed the charges, under federal law, the conviction remains for immigration purposes. And as a result, the DEJ drug “conviction” has led to mandatory ICE detention, deportation, permanent banishment, and permanent separation from family, including U.S. citizen dependent parents, spouses, and children. Here’s more from Assemblymember Eggman as she presented her measure to the Assembly Public Safety Committee in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) – California State Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) rose on the Floor of the Assembly in strong support of Assembly Concurrent Resolution 34 (Cooper). ACR 34 pays homage to the thousands of Sikhs who were murdered or assaulted in India during the anti-Sikh pogroms of November 1984. The violence against innocent Sikhs was in retaliation for the assassination of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her two Sikh bodyguards. Assemblymember Talamantes Eggman represents the “Plymouth Rock” so to speak, of the Sikh community in the United States. Stockton is home to the first Sikh temple built in the U.S., back in 1912. Watch this Assembly Access Video hear Assemblymember Talamantes Eggman’s entire Floor comments.