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TING PRAISES NEW SISTER STATE AGREEMENT WITH CHINA’S GUANDONG PROVINCE

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(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Governor Jerry Brown announced a sister state/province relationship yesterday between the State of California and China’s Guandong Province. Among other goals, the agreement calls for the growth of trade and investment as well as stronger ties in science and technology, low-carbon development, environmental conservation, clean energy, education, and cultural exchange. Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Asia/California Trade and Investment Promotion, released the following statement about the agreement.

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GOV. BROWN SIGNS BILL TO PROTECT RIGHTS OF LIMITED ENGLISH SPEAKERS

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GOV. BROWN SIGNS BILL TO PROTECT RIGHTS OF LIMITED ENGLISH SPEAKERS

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, to protect the rights of Californians with limited English proficiency by strengthening how they can report language barrier problems with state government.

“All Californians deserve to be part of our civic process whether they speak English or not,” said Ting. “By creating better ways for state agencies to be held accountable for their treatment of English language learners, we can better protect the rights of all Californians. Unfortunately, language barriers are so pervasive now that many Californians cannot even articulate when problems exist.”

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Gov. Brown Signs Ting Bill to Improve Healthcare for Limited English Speakers

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(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, to help California provide culturally and linguistically appropriate healthcare to millions of Californians with limited English language skills.

“This is a great victory to ensure that language access does not become an obstacle to health care access,” said Ting.  “Health care access depends on the ability to communicate with care providers.  Now, we will have the tools we need to identify and resolve communication barriers so that our medical professionals can communicate in the languages of our communities.”

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Gov. Brown Signs Landmark Syringe Access Reform

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(SACRAMENTO, CA) –Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation yesterday authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, to help prevent syringe sharing, a leading cause for HIV/AIDS and hepatitis, by allowing adults to purchase an unlimited number of syringes at pharmacies without a prescription.

“It has taken many years to win this fight but California will finally start treating syringe access as a public health issue,” said Ting.  "We dithered while the rest of the nation aggressively expanded access to save lives and tax dollars.  That makes this victory both exciting and overdue.  This is a landmark reform for California.”

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Fighting to Keep Education Reforms Intact

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(SACRAMENTO) Assemblymembers 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 24 other lawmakers urging more transparency and accountability in the implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). The State Board votes on final regulations for the expenditure of these funds today, which were established to benefit low-income students, English language learners, and foster youth. A copy of the letter to the State Board of Education is available here.

Contacts: Anthony Matthews (Ting), tel. (916) 319-2019 or Joe Kocurek (Weber), tel. (916) 319-2079

Bill Freeing Communities to Build Safer Bikeways Heads to Gov. Brown

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(SACRAMENTO, CA) – The California State Legislature passed a bill authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, allowing for the adoption of new bikeway designs and easing local bikeway construction.

Assembly Bill (AB) 1193 passed the State Assembly with a 57-15 vote, following a 29-5 vote in the State Senate earlier this week.  The bill now goes to Governor Jerry Brown for final action.

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Bill Requiring Property Tax Agents to Register Like Lobbyists Heads to Gov. Brown

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(SACRAMENTO, CA) – The California State Legislature passed legislation authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, establishing a statewide registration system for agents who represent property owners in property tax appeals before county assessors and assessment appeals boards.

Assembly Bill (AB) 2415 passed the Assembly today with a 48-27 vote, following a 22-12 Senate vote earlier this week.  The bill now heads to Governor Jerry Brown for final action.

“We need to restore trust in the fairness of our property tax system,” said Ting, who served as the Assessor-Recorder of San Francisco prior serving in the State Assembly.  “Registration requirements on lobbyists exist for greater transparency and accountability in government.

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New Transparency on State Boards/Commissions in Bill Headed to Gov. Brown

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(SACRAMENTO, CA) – The California State Legislature passed a bill authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, requiring state boards and commissions to publicly report itemized vote records for each action they take as a body.

Assembly Bill (AB) 2720 passed the State Assembly with a 71-0 vote following a 35-0 vote in the State Senate earlier this month.  It now heads to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature or veto.

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More Students to Get Cal Grants in Bill Headed to Gov. Brown

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(SACRAMENTO, CA) – The California State Legislature passed a bill authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, that will help thousands of aspiring college students receive a Cal Grant by simplifying the aid application process.

Assembly Bill (AB) 2160 passed the State Assembly with a 75-0 vote following a 31-2 vote in the State Senate earlier this week.  It now heads to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature or veto.

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Bill to Improve Healthcare for Limited English Speakers Heads to Gov. Brown

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(SACRAMENTO, CA) – The California State Legislature passed a bill authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, to help California provide culturally and linguistically appropriate healthcare to millions of Californians with limited English language skills.

Assembly Bill (AB) 2102 passed the State Assembly with a 52-19 vote following a 27-9 State Senate vote last week.  It now goes to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature or veto.

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