California State Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) spoke on the Assembly Floor in strong support of AB 1266 – legislation that will enable transgender students to participate in sports and other activities at school based on their gender identities. This measure is an important strengthening of the rights of transgender students so that they may have the same opportunity to participate and succeed as others. Hear Assemblymember Ting's speech in this Assembly Access Video
Goal of AB 231 is to limit a child’s access to guns
Sacramento – Legislation authored by Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D – Los Angeles) to strengthen remedies for the preventable tragedy of gun accidents among children passed the Assembly Committee on Appropriations. Their legislation, AB 231, would help ensure child safety and responsible ownership of guns by strengthening California’s existing firearm Child Access Prevention (CAP) laws AB 231 would make the act of leaving or storing a loaded firearm in a location where a child is likely to gain access a misdemeanor.
“California is one of the nation’s leaders in strict gun-law legislation. But those laws deal with after-the-tragedy consequences,” Ting said. “AB 231 focuses on preventing these tragedies by increasing the duty of care by gun owners, and imposing penalties when they do not do so.”
(Sacramento) -- Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D--San Francisco), joined by Assemblymembers Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton), Paul Fong (D-Cupertino), Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), and students from the UC, CSU, and California Community Colleges, gathered on the steps of the Capitol to promote a package of legislation to improve California's Cal Grant financial aid program. Assemblymember Ting's legislation, Assembly Bill 1364, will help ensure fairness and allow California students to achieve their educational aspirations by bringing the amount of the Cal Grant access award to $5,900 - where it would be today if it had rightfully kept pace with inflation. Further AB 1364 ties the award to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) going forward. Here's more in this Assembly Access video.
Assemblymember Vows to Make Education Funding a Priority as State Budget Hearings Begin This Week
Sacramento – Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D – San Francisco) announced today that he has introduced legislation, Assembly Bill 1364 (AB 1364), to increase financial aid for college students who qualify for state assistance.
The legislation will give low-income students a better chance of obtaining a college degree by increasing the amount of aid they receive under Cal Grant B stipends. The stipend pays for expenses including textbooks, class supplies and transportation.
Sacramento – Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D – San Francisco) and San Francisco County Supervisor Mark Farrell announced the introduction of state legislation today, AB 362, to provide tax relief for employees who receive reimbursement from their employer for federal taxes they paid on healthcare benefits provided to their same-sex partner and dependents.
“At the heart of this issue is a question of fairness for same-sex couples,” Ting said. “The federal policy to tax their benefits is discriminatory, and the last thing the state of California should do is make it harder to remedy the injustice by taxing the reimbursement of these costs,” he added.
Sacramento – Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D – San Francisco) was tapped to Chair a new “Select Committee on Asia/California Trade and Investment Promotion” Wednesday by Assembly Speaker John Pérez.
“I am thrilled to lead this important effort for the state Assembly,” Ting said. “It is especially meaningful to me because it will allow me to continue to build on the China/SF work that I spearheaded as Assessor in San Francisco,” he added.
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D-San Francisco) recently introduced legislation that will require gun owners to purchase liability insurance to cover the cost of damage that may be caused by the weapon. “The government requires insurance as a condition of operating a car – at the very least we should impose a similar requirement for owning a firearm,” Ting said. Capitol Public Radio interviewed Assemblymember Ting for their news report on Assembly Bill 231. Hear their report here:
Second measure will provide tax credit for guns turned in to buyback programs
Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D – San Francisco) and Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D – Los Angeles) introduced legislation, AB 231,* today that will require gun owners to purchase liability insurance to cover the cost of damage that may be caused by the weapon.
“The government requires insurance as a condition of operating a car – at the very least we should impose a similar requirement for owning a firearm,” Ting said. “The cost to society of destruction by guns is currently being born collectively by all of us, and not by those who, either through carelessness or malice, cause the destruction. It is time to change that equation so that those who cause the harm pay the costs.”
Exemption from sales tax and vehicle license fee, free parking at State lots sought
Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D – San Francisco) introduced legislation today,
AB 220,* intended to provide an exemption from the state sales tax and vehicle license fee for the purchase of Electric Vehicles (EVs) and plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs).
“Widespread use of clean vehicles is absolutely key to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but we need to do more to motivate the public to purchase them,” Ting said. “Financial incentives are the proven best way to steer consumers to choose clean cars,” he added.
(Sacramento) – California State Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) was encouraged by Governor Jerry Brown’s State of the State Address. Assemblymember Ting believes the Governor is correct in his vision of fiscal responsibility, while funding education to move California forward into the future. Assemblymember Ting was also heartened that the Governor specifically spoke of the need to put more resources toward students that come from disadvantaged backgrounds or who may be struggling to learn English. Hear more in this Assembly Access Video.