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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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Bill to Protect Rights of Limited English Speakers 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, to protect the rights of Californians with limited English proficiency by strengthening how they can report language barrier problems with state government.

Assembly Bill (AB) 2253 passed the State Senate today with a 36-0 vote, following a 68-8 State Assembly vote in May of this year.  The bill now goes to Governor Jerry Brown who must act on the measure by September 30.

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Bill to Expand Affordable Housing Construction 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 increase the supply of affordable housing in California by making surplus local government lands available for affordable housing construction.

Assembly Bill (AB) 2135 passed the State Assembly today with a 50-23 vote following a 22-10 vote in the State Senate last week.  The bill now heads to Governor Jerry Brown who must sign or veto the measure by September 30.

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Ting Syringe Access Reform Bill Headed to Gov. Brown

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(SACRAMENTO, CA) – The State Legislature passed a bill authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) to help prevent syringe sharing, a leading cause for HIV/AIDS and hepatitis, by expanding sterile syringe access.

Assembly Bill (AB) 1743 passed the Assembly today with a 53-20 vote, following a 36-0 Senate vote last week.  These are unprecedented votes in support of syringe access.  Governor Jerry Brown has 12 days to act on the bill upon receipt.

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Ting Urges Governor Brown to Sign Electric Vehicle Legislation

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(SACRAMENTO, CA) – The State Legislature approved a bill authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, to help expand the availability of electric vehicle recharging equipment in California.

In a letter urging Governor Jerry Brown to sign the measure, Ting said, “Electric vehicle charging stations in state-owned parking facilities increase the availability and awareness of electric vehicle charging, which serve as an important part of replacing greenhouse gas-emitting cars and trucks with clean electric vehicles.”

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Fox News Should Fire Bob Beckel, Says Ting

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(SACRAMENTO, CA) - Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, called on Fox News to fire television news host Bob Beckel after racist comments uttered on air when referring to Chinese people last week.

“Racism has no place in our society.  Unfortunately, last week’s incident on Fox News is just the latest slur uttered by Bob Beckel when referring to Chinese people.  No apologies will do.  We’ve already gotten empty apologies from Beckel in the past.  He once laughed on the air mid-apology while saying that the term ‘Chinamen’ is not a racial slur.  It’s time for Beckel to go.  There should be no place for a serial racist on television.”

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