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SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill (AB) 1785, a bill to update the rules of the road relating to the use of electronic devices while operating a vehicle, was sent to Governor Brown today.
“Technology has improved so rapidly, and our cell phones are more capable of much more than just calls and text messages. Smartphones have an abundance of available features that demand a driver’s attention, leading to very dangerous behavior. However, such activities are not clearly prohibited by law,” Assemblymember Quirk, the author of AB 1785, stated.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Quirk (D-Hayward) and Assemblymember Tom Lackey (R- Palmdale) have successfully granted the California Highway Patrol (CHP) authority to develop educational guidelines on lane splitting.
Lane splitting, which occurs when a motorcycle drives between rows of stopped or moving traffic, is a gray area in California law. This is because statute is silent – California does not explicitly allow it, but also doesn’t explicitly prohibit this behavior.
The California State Assembly passed a resolution Monday declaring August 2016 as Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month.
The resolution — officially called HR 59 — marks the first time any state has set aside a month in recognition of the Islamic faith. The bill, which was introduced by Assemblymember Bill Quirk, D–Hayward, and which was passed unanimously, applies only to this August, but Quirk’s Chief of Staff Tomasa Dueñas said the assembly member hopes that the body renews the resolution in the future.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Quirk (D-Hayward) authored AB 2161 to bring needed awareness to storefront crashes and find a solution to the number of crashes that occur annually. In fact, according to data compiled by the Storefront Safety Council, vehicle-into-building crashes occur as frequently as 60 times a day. Evidence suggests that more than 3,600 pedestrians, store patrons and employees are seriously injured every year nationwide, with more than 500 killed due to this type of accident.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Quirk (D-Hayward) introduced AB 2505 to prohibit the use of gas chambers to kill dogs and cats after learning of a loophole in current law. “In 1998 the legislature prohibited the use of carbon monoxide gas for the purpose of killings dogs and cats and removed inspection requirements to ensure gas chambers were working properly” he stated. It was understood that this ban would end the use of gas chambers in California. Unfortunately, the use of carbon dioxide to kill dogs and cats was not explicitly banned.
“When I saw the scientific findings about how it induces pain and panic, I knew I had to take action and work on a bill,” he said. Assemblymember Quirk partnered with the Humane Society and the San Francisco SPCA to close this loophole after they discovered a shelter in Coalinga was killing animals in a gas chamber.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Quirk (D-Hayward), Assemblymember Holden (D-Pasadena) and Assemblymember Obernolte (R-Hesperia) invited three scientists to the Assembly today to recognize them for their discovery of gravitational waves.
Gravitational waves were first predicted by Albert Einstein 100 years ago. These waves were created from the merging of two black holes that sent a ripple through the fabric of space 1.3 billion years ago.
SACRAMENTO – Around 7:00pm last night, an Altamont Cooridor Express (ACE) commuter train derailed in Sunol. There were 214 passengers on the train and I can only imagine the fear and anxiety that they all felt during and after this incident. Nine passengers were injured and were transported to local hospitals, the rest of the passengers were transported to the Alameda County Fairgrounds where rescue organizations, including the Red Cross, were available to assist.
While the cause of the derailment is still under investigation, preliminary investigation suggests that a mudslide caused this incident.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Quirk has introduced all of his bills for the 2016 legislative session, covering a range of important issues. “This is probably one of my most diverse legislative packages to date,” he said. “This year I am working on a range of issues covering education, elections, transportation, climate change, energy, and public safety. It’s going to be a busy year but I look forward to the challenges and successes.”