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The city is located on Highway 33, along the Interstate 5 corridor, 280 miles north of Los Angeles, 92 miles south of Sacramento, 89 miles southeast of San Francisco and 45 miles southeast of Livermore. Read More
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Bills Would Remove Prohibition in Current Law to Use State General Fund Dollars and Would Provide $23.1 Million in Needed Start-Up Funds
Sacramento – State Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo and Santa Clara counties), along with Assemblymember Adam Gray (D-Merced), announced today legislation, AB 1346 (Gray) and SB 438 (Hill), that will help implement a statewide earthquake early warning system that will help save lives, protect property, and business interests. The mandate to create the statewide warning system has been on the books since 2013, with a plan to fund it through public-private partnerships. Those partnerships have yet to materialize.
“It’s not a matter if, but when, the next big earthquake will occur,” said Senator Hill. “We owe it to our residents to get this system up and running as soon as possible. The technology exists and has for some time. All we need to do is provide the funding.”
Hill, along with Senator Robert Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, and Assemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced, introduced the bills, SB 438 and AB 1346, on Monday.
The legislators said California is expected to end the next fiscal year with a reserve of $11.5 billion, making the investment only a small fraction of that overall budget. The bills strike language from an earlier law that prohibited using general fund dollars to develop the warning system.
Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) said they wanted to repeal a current state law that prohibits the spending of state general fund dollars on an earthquake early warning system. They’re also proposing $23 million to install earthquake sensor stations and upgrade telecommunications networks to get the system up and running in the state. The proposal, however, does not address ongoing operational costs.
“We will have conversations with project stakeholders about how to maintain the system’s operability and long-term financing,” Hill and Gray said in a statement.
SACRAMENTO – Today Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-Merced) advanced legislation to establish consumer protections for Californians who play Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS). AB 1437, which seeks to create a regulatory and licensing framework for DFS websites (i.e. FanDuel, Yahoo, and DraftKings), passed the Assembly Floor on a 68-1 vote.
“The support of the Assembly today sends a strong signal that protections for consumers and children online are a top priority,” said Gray. “We have a responsibility to put safeguards in place to ensure a fair and level playing field.”
Adam Gray called them "sharks in the water" – the professional gamblers trolling the ocean of internet sports fantasy betting, looking for easy pickings. That makes many of the folks who play for fun "chum."
SACRAMENTO – Today Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-Merced), Chair of the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee, advanced legislation to establish consumer protections for Californians who play Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS). AB 1437, which seeks to create a regulatory and licensing framework for DFS websites (i.e. Fan Duel, Yahoo, and Draft Kings), passed the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee on an 18-1 vote.
“The near unanimous support of the committee today sends a strong signal that protections for consumers and children online are a top priority,” said Gray. “We have a responsibility to put safeguards in place to ensure a fair and level playing field.”
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-Merced), Chair of the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee, held an informational hearing on the Daily Fantasy Sports industry. The hearing, “Overview of the Daily Fantasy Sports Industry – The Legality, Regulatory Oversight and Consumer Protections,” informed the Legislature and the public on the inner workings of this unregulated and lucrative industry. “In California, we have an opportunity to lead the way and to set the tone for how to balance consumer protections with consumer demand,” said Chairman Gray. “Daily Fantasy Sports betting is happening in California, whether we like it or not. This is an unregulated, billion dollar industry that should be subject to similar regulations faced by other gaming activities so as to ensure a safe environment for gambling.” Learn more in this Assembly Access video.
Assemblymember Adam C. Gray, Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization, will hold an Informational Hearing on Wednesday, December 16, to further inform the Legislature and the public on the inner workings of the daily fantasy sports industry.
“Recent events reported by the New York Times have highlighted the need to provide consumer protection to consumers who wager on daily fantasy sports websites, i.e. FanDuel, Draft Kings and Yahoo,” says Chairman Gray. “Daily Fantasy Sports betting is happening in California, whether we like it or not. This is an unregulated industry, whose revenue is in the billions of dollars. The December 16 hearing will provide the Legislature the necessary information to move forward with efficient and well thought legislation that will protect consumers who use daily fantasy sports websites in California.”
What: Informational Hearing regarding the Daily Fantasy Sports Industry
A Sacramento-based group awarded Assemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced, the Civil Justice Leadership Award on Wednesday for legislation he has pushed related to predatory lawsuits regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act, an issue brought to light by a Merced Sun-Star and Modesto Bee special report last year.
Civil Justice Association of California, which works in the court system to reduce unwarranted and excessive litigation, praised Gray. The group works with many politicians in Sacramento and President Kim Stone called Gray "one of the good ones."
California State Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) has been named as the 2015 Legislator of the Year by the Military Officers Association of America's California Council of Chapters (Cal- MOAA).
The Cal-MOAA Legislator of the Year Award is given to a California Senator or Assemblyman who has, in the previous year, worked to improve the lives of California's 1.9 million military retirees and veterans, as well as their dependants.
Assemblyman Gray is the first recipient of Cal-MOAA's newly implemented Legislator of the Year award.