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Ting Bill to Ease Voting Process for Disabled Voters Passes Assembly Vote

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(SAN FRANCISCO) – A bill that would protect the voting rights of disabled individuals passed off the Assembly floor today. AB 2252, by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), would allow voters with disabilities to vote with the same convenience that military and overseas voters have by receiving their ballots via email.

“Technology has permeated many aspects of our daily lives for greater convenience and efficiency. In government, technology has proven an effective tool in greater transparency and public participation,” said Ting. “However, the act of voting itself is not as convenient or accessible as it should be and vote by mail only systems have proven an obstacle for some voters to participate. By emailing ballots to voters living with disabilities, we can ensure that their right to vote is not compromised. AB 2252 would allow voters with disabilities to cast their vote by using technology currently limited to military and overseas voters.”

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Parents, Educators Urge Passage Of Ting Bill To Prevent Gun Tragedies

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Assemblyman Ting urging passage of AB2607

Call for action comes two days after the 17th Anniversary of the Columbine school shooting

(SAN FRANCISCO) – Parents, educators, gun safety advocates, and a mass shooting survivor joined State Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) in urging passage of his bill to prevent gun tragedies at schools and workplaces.  Ting’s AB 2607 passed the Assembly Public Safety Committee this week and awaits a vote of the Assembly.

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CA State Assembly Passes Bill to Encourage Bicycling

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(SACRAMENTO, CA) –As San Francisco schools conclude Bike and Roll to School Week, from April 18-22, the California State Assembly passed legislation authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) to encourage more cycling.

Ting’s Assembly Bill (AB) 2509 passed 45-27 and moves to the State Senate for further review.

“We need clear laws about where it is safe and reasonable to ride,” said Ting.  “Unfortunately, state law undermines cycling in everyday situations.  This reform will encourage more people to pursue cycling as a transportation alternative that is good for their health and our environment.  Side by side riding is a critical tool for parents to buffer their kids when riding together and they shouldn’t get a ticket for it.”

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Ting Legislation would Lead to More Tour Bus Safety Inspections in SF

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SF Supervisors ready to act on new authority to protect public

(Sacramento, CA) – The State Assembly Transportation Committee approved legislation authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) to get more safety inspections for tour buses operating on local streets.

Ting’s Assembly Bill (AB) 1677 passed with a 10-4 vote and heads to the Appropriations Committee for further review.

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All Gender Restroom Bill Passes First Vote in CA Legislature Unanimously

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(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) – Legislation authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) to establish the nation’s most progressive restroom access law among the states passed with unanimous support in the Assembly Committee on Business and Professions. 

Ting’s AB 1732 passed 14-0, with bipartisan support.  It would require single-occupancy restrooms in California businesses, government buildings, and public spaces to be identified as “all gender.”

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Ting Comments on Assembly Passage of CA Minimum Wage Increase

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(SACRAMENTO, CA)  Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement in response to the California State Assembly’s passage of Senate Bill (SB) 3, which would incrementally increase the state’s minimum wage over five years to $15 per hour by 2022.  Ting is a principal co-author of the legislation.  The State Senate is also voting on this legislation today.  Ting’s statement follows.

“This is a historic win for working men and women.  As our economy grows, workers deserve a stake in the state’s success,” said Ting.  “Many families have not seen our economic recovery benefit their bottom line.  No one should work full time and live in poverty.  Working families deserve the dignity of a livable wage.”

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Ting Comments on Audit of University of California

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(SACRAMENTO, CA)  Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, issued the following statement in response to the findings of an independent state audit that concluded the University of California disadvantaged California students in its admissions and financial decisions.  Ting’s statement follows.

“I am a proud Cal graduate, which makes today’s news extremely sad.  This audit confirms my worst suspicions about how the University of California has been managed.  It is shocking to see how undervalued resident students are being treated by an institution created to educate them.  Also troubling is the huge cloud over the credibility of university leadership who has intentionally kept the Legislature in the dark.  We have long sought answers about university practices impacting California students and it’s now clear that we have been either snowballed or misled.  Despite today’s news, one thing is very clear.  Lawmakers are even more committed to see big changes at the University of California that get more residents enrolled, particularly at campuses like Cal, UCLA and UCSD where they were most excluded.”

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(SACRAMENTO, CA) Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) honored Cathy Meyer of San Francisco's Outer Mission, Merced Heights, Ingleside (OMI) neighborhood during the State Assembly's Woman of the Year celebration conducted each year to celebrate Women's History Month.

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Ting Tapped to Chair the CA State Assembly Budget Committee

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(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Phil Ting (D–San Francisco) was appointed by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) to serve as the next Chairman of the State Assembly Budget Committee.  He is the first Asian Pacific Islander to serve in this position.  A statement from Ting follows.

“California’s budget must be a blueprint for shared success.  Our challenge is to expand opportunity while responsibly saving for the future.  We have made great sacrifices to achieve today’s unprecedented financial stability.  It must be protected while we invest in a better future.  Budgets are about values and nothing is more important than ensuring every opportunity is available for our kids.  We must preserve access to a quality education by ensuring recent school funding reforms benefit high needs students, by expanding the availability of affordable college degrees through our public universities, and by doing more to educate kids at a younger age.  After having reached a bipartisan agreement on funding for health care and services for Californians living with developmental disabilities, I hope our progress is contagious.  Enduring challenges require breakthroughs for how we will invest in our infrastructure and fight climate change.  By rising to the occasion, we will leave the state better off than we have found it.”

New Speaker Anthony Rendon will Build More Effective Assembly, Says Ting

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(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Phil Ting (D–San Francisco) issued the following statement after Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) was sworn in as the 70th Speaker of the California State Assembly.

“Rendon will be a thoughtful leader, working to ensure that all people have a voice and are heard.  Aided by longer term limits, he will preside over the rebirth of the Assembly as a stronger champion for all Californians. Lawmakers are energized to be part of this change and finally tackle enduring challenges, like poverty, that persist. This inspired sense of possibility is contagious.  It taps into why all of us ran for public office. We want to improve the state we love, and we will be better positioned to do so with Rendon’s leadership.”

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