SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-Merced) issued the following statement on Governor Brown’s May Revision to the 2013-14 budget:
“I want to thank the Governor for his prudent spending decisions contained within his budget revision. I find it refreshing that the Governor is taking a long-term view of our budget and reducing debt. Not assuming that the multibillion dollar increases the state has received will continue indefinitely is a budgeting approach long overdue in Sacramento.”
SACRAMENTO – The California Assembly passed AB 1401 by a vote of 45-26 last week. The bill would make California the first state to allow non-citizen jury service by immigrants residing in the country legally. The bill was passed largely on a party-line vote, with only one Democrat voting against the measure. The lone Democrat is freshman Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-AD21), representing California’s Central Valley, which includes Merced, Patterson, and Newman; a region known for its agriculture and its independent politics.
Although AB 1401 passed without serious opposition, Gray’s lone “No” vote should not go unnoticed. There were 8 members of the assembly that did not vote on the bill — all Democrats. These members include Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova), Tom Daly (D-Anaheim), Steve Fox (D-Los Angeles), Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), Adrin Nazarian (D-Van Nuys), Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton), and Rudy Salas Jr. (D-Bakersfield).
MERCED -- Under newly proposed legislation, the Merced Irrigation District could see an easing of green-energy requirements, a move officials say would benefit local ratepayers' pocketbooks.
Under California law, power utilities have to provide 33 percent of their energy from renewable sources by the end of 2020. Power providers also must hit benchmarks of 20 percent renewable energy by 2014 and 25 percent by 2017.
SACRAMENTO, California -- The California Assembly passed a bill on Thursday that would make the state the first in the nation to allow non-citizens who are in the country legally to serve on jury duty.
Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski said his bill would help California widen the pool of prospective jurors and help integrate immigrants into the community.
SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-Merced) today praised the settlement agreement between the California High Speed Rail Authority and the Merced County Farm Bureau and the Madera County Farm Bureau.
Sacramento—Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-Merced) announced today that his anti-metal theft bill was passed by the Assembly Committee on Public Safety with unanimous, bipartisan support. AB 909 creates a Metal Theft Task Force to ensure law enforcement has the necessary resources to combat and prevent metal recycling crimes.
“Our community farmers and ranchers have been victimized by scrap metal thieves for years,” said Assemblymember Gray. “Now even utility providers and municipalities are being robbed. I am grateful my colleagues on both sides of the aisle recognize the need to arm law enforcement with the tools they need to stop these crimes.”
SACRAMENTO -- Champions of competing fish and farming interests gave state water leaders plenty to think about Wednesday in a long and colorful hearing attended by hundreds of worried people from Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Merced counties.
Most attendees from the region argued stridently against the concept of restoring fish runs at the expense of agriculture, the valley's strongest economic engine. Modesto and Turlock irrigation customers could lose a third of their water in dry years under a proposal to be voted on later this year
SACRAMENTO -- Politicians, farmers and irrigation district officials on Wednesday warned of severe economic damage to the valley from the state's proposal to send more water down the San Joaquin River and its salmon-bearing tributaries.
At the same time, environmental regulators joined the commercial-fishing industry at the public hearing to criticize the plan for not going nearly far enough in helping the salmon fishery.
(Sacramento) -- In light of the recent revelations that some state agencies, including Cal-Fire and the Department of Parks and Recreation, had "parked" money in non-state accounts, Assemblymember Adam Gray (D-Merced) called on the Joint Legislation Audit Committee to approve a review of ALL outside accounts maintained by state agencies and departments. Assemblymember Gray told the members of JLAC, "As lawmakers, it is important that we have complete and accurate information when making budget decisions." JLAC approved the request on a unanimous vote. The State Auditor says it will take about five months to complete the review.
We mentioned yesterday that the Joint Legislative Audit Committee was considering a bushel of new audit proposals.
Several of them got the green light, including an audit of the Salton Sea Restoration Fund, requested by Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez, D-Coachella.
Here are others that were approved: