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State Assembly Budget Blueprint for California Balances New Investments with Mitigating Threats from the Feds

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(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, released his blueprint for the state budget, focusing first on protecting California’s finances from new threats coming from Washington and ensuring all parts of the state share in the California Dream.

“We have a lot to be proud of in California.  We have one of the world’s largest economies, we invest in the success and security of our people, and we have a level of financial stability envied by other states.  Yet, some of our people still suffer and we must invest in them,” said Ting.  “We need a plan to move this state forward.  We can’t govern by asking a Magic 8 Ball whether Washington will hit us this way or that way.”

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Gov. Brown Signs Nation’s Most Inclusive Restroom Access Law

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California bucks national trend of LGBT discrimination with “all gender” single-user restroom access

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) establishing the nation’s most inclusive restroom access law among states.

Assembly Bill (AB) 1732 makes all single-user restrooms in California businesses, government buildings, and places of public accommodation universally accessible to all genders starting March 1, 2017.  Sponsored by Equality California, the Transgender Law Center and California NOW, the bill stands in sharp contrast with 19 states this year that considered restricting access to restrooms, locker rooms, and other sex-segregated facilities on biological sex.

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Governor Signs Tour Bus Safety Inspection Bill

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(SACRAMENTO, CA) –Local communities will receive new powers to protect their streets from tour bus accidents following Governor Jerry Brown’s signature of legislation authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco).

“Communities deserve a say in keeping their people safe.  They can now take a more active role in preventing tragedies caused by tour buses by ensuring that more are inspected,” said Ting.  “Tourism is a vital part of our local economies but we must share the road safely.”

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Gov. Brown Signs Trailblazing Consumer Protections to Help Fight Climate Change

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Power Content Label(SACRAMENTO, CA) –  Governor Jerry Brown signed the nation’s first truth in labeling law to provide simple, uniform information about the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the energy used by California consumers.

Authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Assembly Bill (AB) AB 1110 will uncover dirty power sources much like nutrition labels flag unhealthy ingredients otherwise unknown to consumers.  The bill requires every energy provider to disclose the emission contents of their power to consumers.

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Governor Vetoes Bill Aiding Pregnant Foster Youth

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(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Legislation authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) to help pregnant foster youth access to prenatal care and prepare for parenthood was vetoed yesterday by Governor Jerry Brown.

Sponsored by the John Burton Foundation, the Children’s Law Center of California and First Place for Youth, Ting’s Assembly Bill (AB) 1838 would have allowed aid currently provided to parenting foster youth to be available three months prior to their baby’s due date.

This change would encourage young mothers to disclose their pregnancies early, which helps ensure timely referrals to essential prenatal care and expectant mother programs.  It would also help them obtain vital supplies – like a crib, diapers, and baby bottles.

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Governor Signs Nail Salon Worker Protection Bill

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Ting’s AB 2437 will help ensure more ethical, safer nail salons in California

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) – Civil rights advocates and nail salon industry reformers joined Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) in announcing that legislation to help nail salon workers and their employers understand labor laws was signed by the Governor.

“Nail salons workers are primarily Asian American immigrants who are consistently misclassified and don't know their rights,” said Ting.  “With clear signage and education in their own language, workers can take the first step in fighting for their rights.  The Bay Area has led the charge on nail salon reform and this new law will help nail salon workers across the state change the industry from within.”

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Advocates, SF Leaders Urge Gov. Brown to Sign “All Gender” Restroom Access Bill

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(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) –Surrounded by supporters on the steps of City Hall, Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) called on Governor Jerry Brown to sign his bill to establish the nation’s most inclusive restroom access law among states.

Sponsored by Equality California, the Transgender Law Center and California NOW, Ting’s Assembly Bill (AB) 1732 would make all single-user restrooms in California businesses, government buildings, and places of public accommodation universally accessible to all genders starting March 1, 2017.  The bill passed the State Senate 28-7 and the State Assembly 57-18 last month.  Governor Brown has until the end of September to act on it.

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Ting Praises Passage of ‘Cap and Trade’ Agreement

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California to expand leadership in fight against climate change with $900 million investment

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, released the following statement about the State Legislature’s passage of a budget agreement with Governor Jerry Brown to invest $900 million in a comprehensive plan to mitigate the causes of climate change.

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Ca Legislature Passes Trailblazing Pro-Climate Consumer Protections

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(SACRAMENTO, CA) –  The California State Legislature passed a truth in labeling bill authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) to provide Californians with simple, uniform information about greenhouse gas emissions associated with their energy use.
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Assembly Bill (AB) AB 1110 will uncover dirty power sources much like nutrition labels flag unhealthy ingredients otherwise unknown to consumers.  It passed the Assembly today 49-21 following a 26-12 Senate vote last week and now moves to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature or veto by the end of September.

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Bill to Help Pregnant Foster Youth Sent to Governor

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(SACRAMENTO, CA) – The California Legislature passed a bill authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) to help pregnant foster youth access prenatal services.

Sponsored by the John Burton Foundation, the Children’s Law Center of California and First Place for Youth, Assembly Bill (AB) 1838 would allow caregivers of expectant foster youth to receive an existing infant income supplement three months prior to the birth of the child in order to encourage prenatal care access and preparation for parenthood.  It passed the Assembly 69-0 vote today following a 36-0 Senate vote last week.  Governor Jerry Brown has until September 30, 2016 to sign or veto the bill.

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