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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.”
HAYWARD – California State Assemblymember Bill Quirk is pleased to announce the list of Honorees for his 3rd Annual Women of the Year Celebration. Every March, the State Assembly honors women from across the state for their remarkable contributions to the community in celebration of Women’s History Month. These women were selected because of their significant contributions and accomplishments to the 20th Assembly District which includes the cities of Hayward, Union City, the northern portion of Fremont and the unincorporated communities of Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, San Lorenzo and Sunol.
Assemblymember Bill Quirk and the California Contractors State License Board are hosting a series of FREE Senior Scam StopperSM Seminars. A panel of experts will provide information to seniors on how to avoid becoming victims of fraud. Attendees can get answers to their questions and obtain assistance if they have been scammed.
Join us and learn how to protect yourself. Seniors, their families, and caregivers are welcome to attend this FREE Seminar.
SACRAMENTO –Governor Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 793 by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), which will increase the deployment of energy management technologies and will aid in achieving the State’s goal of doubling the energy efficiency of existing buildings.
“I am extremely pleased that the Governor has signed AB 793, which is a crucial step in ensuring that the State can meet its energy efficiency goals,” Quirk said. “Study after study has shown that the more access customers have to their own energy use data, especially data that is provided in real-time or near real-time, the greater potential there is for significant energy savings, resulting in lower utility bills.”
SACRAMENTO – Today, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 692 by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), making California a leader in reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from traditional transportation fuel.
AB 692 defines “Very Low-Carbon Fuels” (VLCFs) and guarantees a market for those fuels. This bill sets a path to increasing VLCFs in the State’s fuel portfolio by 3 percent in 2017, increasing by 1 percent every year thereafter until 2024. The California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) sets aggressive goals for GHG reductions, increasing the use of VLCFs will help to meet those goals.
(Sacramento, CA) – Two storefront crashes in 24 hours highlight the need for Governor Brown to sign AB 764 into law. This morning, a car crashed through the front doors of a Livermore gym, killing a 49-year-old woman and injuring five others. Police said that an elderly woman inadvertently hit the gas instead of the brakes while parking, sending the vehicle crashing through the gym. Yesterday afternoon, a driver in Elk Grove drove into a store while attempting to park and injured an employee.