Provides for state-funded, full manual recount in statewide elections
Sacramento – AB 44 by Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown today. This bill will ensure that statewide recounts in California are fair and accessible for all voters and candidates by providing a state-funded, full manual recount option at the discretion of the Governor for any statewide office or ballot measure where the margin of victory is 0.015% or 1,000 votes, whichever is lower.
“I am extremely pleased that Governor Brown has signed this bill,” said Mullin. “California’s recount process is now more fair and transparent and doesn’t favor the candidate with the most money to spend on a recount.”
Ensures continuity of care for toddlers transitioning from child care to
Sacramento -AB 762 by Speaker pro Tem, Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) was signed into law by
Governor Jerry Brown this week extending the toddler option on an infant and preschool child care
license from 30 months to 36 months. This extension helps bridge a previously existing gap in care
that often put parents in a situation where they had to leave work or school for six months while
their children waited to be eligible for pre-school.
As legislative session closes, social equity and elections bills clear the floor
Sacramento – The 2015 legislative session ended on Friday, and three more Mullin bills are headed to Governor Brown’s desk.
AB 50 would expand the scale of the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) and other evidence-based programs to Medi-Cal eligible recipients in California. Expanding the reach of evidence-based public health initiatives like NFP programs will provide grants for voluntary nurse home visiting programs for expectant first-time mothers, their children and their families.
AB 371 also known as the CalWORKs Family Unity Act of 2015, removes the deprivation requirement in CalWORKs that currently results in a denial of aid to two-parent families when parents are employed, regardless of whether or not their income and assets qualify them for aid.
AB 477 will reduce the number of legitimate vote-by-mail ballots that are rejected. This bill grants more time for elections officials to collect signatures on ballots that arrive unsigned. A similar policy has already been successfully implemented in Florida and Colorado.
Provides for state-funded, full manual recount in statewide elections
Sacramento – AB 44 by Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin has cleared its final hurdle in the legislative process and is on its way to Governor Brown for signature. This bill will ensure statewide recounts in California are fair and accessible for all voters and candidates by providing a state-funded, full manual recount option at the discretion of the Governor for any statewide office or ballot measure where the margin of victory is 0.015% or 1,000 votes, whichever is lower.
“The need to update our existing recount system was front and center during the recount initiated during the 2014 State Controller’s primary race,” Mullin said. “I believe AB 44 will ensure that the election process is fair and transparent for all voters and candidates.”
Bills address elections, social equity and public safety issues
Sacramento – As the legislative year enters its final weeks, numerous bills were considered by the Appropriations Committee of each house today. Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin had a total of five bills clear the Senate Appropriations Committee, moving them on to the Senate floor.
“I am extremely pleased to have these five bills move on to the full Senate for consideration,” said Mullin. “Fair and transparent election processes, social equity and public safety issues are important legislative priorities for me and I believe are important issues for California.”
Will provide direct benefit to developmentally disabled residents of San Mateo County
Sacramento – Governor Brown signed AB 461 into law today and as a result, San Mateo County residents with developmental disabilities who are Medicare and Medi-Cal dual eligible will have the ability to enroll in the Coordinated Care Initiative, also known as the Cal MediConnect Program. The Coordinated Care Initiative was established as a three-year program in eight select counties to help these dual eligible individuals coordinate medical, behavioral health, long-term institutional and home and community based services through one health plan. Without this option, these individuals would be left without a consolidated health plan to maximize their Medi-Cal and Medicare benefits.
(Sacramento) – California State Assembly Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) is happy to report that lawmakers have passed the fifth consecutive, on-time and fiscally responsible budget. In this edition of Capitol Connection, Assemblymember Mullin is proud to inform the residents of San Mateo County that the Golden State’s budget for 2015-16 focuses on working families, paying down state debt, K-12 education, early childhood education, child care and much more.
Mullin’s Bill Expands Participation On Mental Health Boards and Commissions
Sacramento – Today, Governor Brown signed AB 1424, which will allow for greater participation on mental health boards/commission by an individual who is a consumer of mental health services and who is also an employee of a contract agency who has obtained such employment as a part of his/her recovery. Mullin introduced AB 1424 after learning that it was becoming increasingly difficult to recruit and retain the required commission members who are consumers “receiving or have received mental health services.”
Bill Objects to Any Ballot Measure Seeking to Inflict Harm on Innocent Persons
Sacramento – Pride Week got off to a strong start in Sacramento today, with the California State Assembly, adopting ACR 67 with bipartisan support. Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin was the lead author of this resolution. While non-binding, this resolution objects to and denounces the proposed ballot initiative that seeks to inflict great bodily harm and to intimidate individuals of the California lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender community based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.
Mullin, a long-time social equity champion had this to say about today’s proceedings, “Adoption of ACR 67 was a perfect start to Pride Week and sends an important message to all Californians and especially members of the LGBT community; we cannot and do not condone hate speech or violence against any group.”
The 2015-16 State spending plan, contained in the AB 93 conference report, is the most fiscally sound and prudent budget the state has produced in many years. AB 93 is finally able to increase much needed resources for working families as well as increase reserves and pay down debt, things that were unimaginable five years ago. As a member of the Budget Committee, I am proud of the work of the two house conference committee and our productive discussions with Governor Brown. Work still remains on a few items that will be addressed in “trailer bills” this week.
AB 93 significantly builds our reserves and pays down debt by allocating $4.2 billion to the Prop 2 Rainy Day Fund and $1.5 billion to the regular Budget Reserve. It also repays $2.6 billion in the Wall of Debt and other debt payments consistent with Prop 2. This represents a “prudence during prosperity” approach to budgeting.