(SACRAMENTO, CA) – The California State Assembly passed legislation authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, to preserve a choice given to California pharmacists to sell sterile syringes to adults without a prescription in order to prevent leading causes for the spread of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.
“Expanding safe syringe access saves lives by preventing the spread of deadly diseases,” said Ting. “Doctors, nurses, and pharmacists support this bill, which is why it is the law of the land in nearly every state. Even though drug use has grown in California, we have seen a reduction in disease among injection drug users because this policy works.”
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – The Assembly Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection passed legislation authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, that will help California provide healthcare to millions of Californians with limited English language skills.
“We need medical professionals who can speak the languages of our communities,” said Ting. “Patients cannot access healthcare if they cannot communicate with their care providers. This bill gives us the tools we need to identify and resolve communication problems to ensure greater healthcare access for all Californians.”
(SACRAMENTO, CA) The California State Assembly returned Senate Constitutional Amendment (SCA) 5 to the Senate at the request of its author Senator Ed Hernández (D-West Covina). This action was accompanied with an announcement that the Assembly Speaker and the Senate President pro tempore will create a commission in the next couple of weeks on issues surrounding recruitment, admissions, and retention of students in California’s higher education system. Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus and member of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance, issued the following statement about these developments.
"The state must play a more active role to ensure equal access to higher education. After having reformed K-12 education funding last year to focus on low-income and English language learning students, it is time for a thoughtful debate about what can be done to ensure that all hardworking students have access to a state university education. This means taking a hard look at recruitment and retention activities to ensure that our campuses provide opportunities for students from underrepresented communities, as is the common practice in our nation’s elite private colleges. However, getting admitted is only the start of many challenges facing students today. Paying for college and graduating on time must become easier. Continued financial aid reform is needed to help more students afford the cost of earning a degree. We must also bring new investment to higher education so that students can enroll in the classes they need. All of these actions and more will help every qualified student access opportunities in our wonderful state university system."
Action Needed to Ensure Low-Income, English Language Learning Students Benefit
(SACRAMENTO, CA) - Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, and Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) sent a letter to the California State Board of Education signed by nearly 30 lawmakers urging action to ensure that new regulations for education funding match the Legislature's intent in creating the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) last year. The Board's public comment period concluded today as it works to complete the final regulations for the LCFF, which will be implemented starting later this year.
(SACRAMENTO, CA) - Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement following today’s vote for Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) to serve as the next Speaker of the State Assembly.
“California’s working families have a voice for their values in Toni Atkins. Her rise to the speakership from modest origins is an inspiring example of achievement that is only possible in our country. While other states dither on equality, I’m proud to serve in the Assembly when the new normal is for us to be led by a member of the LGBT community. I thank Speaker John A. Pérez for his service. California is clearly better off because of his compassionate and tireless leadership. I look forward to working with the Speaker-elect as she makes her mark.”
(SACRAMENTO, CA) Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, honored Cecilia Chung during the California State Assembly’s Woman of the Year ceremony for her leadership on civil rights, HIV/AIDS and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) equality.
“Cecilia has an inspiring record of breaking down barriers,” said Ting. “Her bravery and brains have made our community a more compassionate and welcoming place. As we strive for even greater equality, we can simply look to her for a roadmap forward. Cecilia’s passion and commitment to equality know no bounds.”
(San Francisco) – Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) joined Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee for a news conference at Northeast Medical Services in Chinatown to call for enactment of the Speaker’s Assembly Bill 2325, which would increase the number of medical interpreters to help ensure Californians with limited English receive the right medical treatment. "We are enrolling over a million new people into Medi-Cal," said Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco). "This is just the first step. The point is to ensure that coverage translates into quality health care. Since many Californians cannot speak English, we need interpreters to ensure patients can communicate with their doctors effectively."
(Sacramento) – Appearing at Northeast Medical Services in Chinatown, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles), San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, and Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) today called for enactment of the Speaker’s legislation, AB 2325, which would increase the number of medical interpreters to help ensure Californians with limited English receive the right medical treatment.
“In a state as large and diverse as California, we need to ensure that people who are seeking medical attention are able to effectively communicate their symptoms, so that doctors can correctly identify the illness or injury and take the appropriate steps to treat it,” Speaker Pérez said. “This legislation is a smart investment in health care for Californians, because the vast majority of the funds available come from the federal government, so we can improve health care outcomes and generate economic activity without significantly impacting California’s budget.”
Report Shows Bill could Boost Applications for State Aid by 15 Percent
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – With the deadline for college financial aid applications just days away, Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, announced new legislation that is expected to expand access to financial aid for thousands of students by helping them complete their applications.
“Education is the greatest gift we can give to our children,” said Ting. “California is providing more help than ever to help families pay for college but too many students leave aid on the table. Students who apply for aid are twice as likely to enroll in college and more likely to graduate. This simple solution will ensure more students get help getting ahead.”
(Sacramento) – Applying for college and financial aid can be a daunting task. Many students who are eligible, simply don’t apply because there are so many hoops to jump through. California State Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) authored legislation to make the process a little more streamlined. If passed, Assembly Bill 2160 would require school districts to electronically submit the grade point average (GPA) of all graduating high school seniors to the Student Aid Commission. “Education is the greatest gift we can give to our children,” said Assemblymember Ting at a press conference announcing the introduction of AB 2160, co-authored by State Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo). “California is providing more help than ever to help families pay for college, but too many students leave aid on the table. Students who apply for aid are twice as likely to enroll in college and more likely to graduate. This simple solution will ensure more students get help getting ahead.” Assemblymember Ting was joined at the press conference by Senator Hill, Dr. Orville Jackson of Ed Trust-West and Dr. Diana Fuentes-Michel of the California Student Aid Commission. Watch this Assembly Access Video to learn more about AB 2160.