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.
AB 516 Would Improve Public Safety and Boost Transportation Funding
Sacramento – Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin’s (D-San Mateo) temporary license plate bill has cleared the Assembly floor with significant bipartisan support and now heads to the Senate for consideration. AB 516 will modernize California’s system of getting temporary license plates on vehicles at the point of sale.
“Currently, the State of California is the only state in the country that allows cars to drive without a license plate on their vehicle for as long as 90 days,” Mullin stated. “The status quo is a threat to public safety and contributes to the loss of millions of dollars in revenue as a result of toll violations.”
Two Social Equity Bills Head to the Senate As Well
Sacramento – Recounts in statewide California elections are now a step closer to becoming more fair and accessible for all voters and candidates with AB 44 passing off the Assembly floor today with strong bipartisan support. Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin has been a strong advocate for reforming the recount process after deep flaws were exposed in the state’s current system during the 2014 primary Controller’s race.
“As we continue to look at ways to empower voters and encourage them to participate in the democratic process, ensuring fair and accurate election outcomes must be a priority,” stated Mullin. “I believe AB 44 accomplishes this important goal and hope my Senate colleagues agree.”
Bills Address Social Equity, Elections and Voter Access and Transportation
Today, six bills introduced by Assemblymember Kevin Mullin cleared the Assembly Appropriations Committee and now move on to the Assembly Floor for consideration.
A major highlight was the approval of the Speaker Pro Tem’s AB 44, which would provide a state-funded, full manual recount option for any statewide office or ballot measure where the margin of victory is 0.015% or 1,000 votes, whichever is lower. This reform addresses the serious flaws exposed in the existing recount system during the June 2014 State Controller’s primary race.
Mental Health Funding and Availability of Bilingual Poll Workers Should Increase
Sacramento – Today, two bills introduced by Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) cleared the Assembly floor and now move on to the Senate for consideration.
AB 847 received unanimous support on the Assembly floor and directs the State Department of Health Care to develop a proposal for submission to the federal Secretary of Health and Human Services, allowing California to compete to become a designated state eligible for enhanced federal mental health funds. Federal law currently allows for eight states to be selected and California could receive approximately $2 Billion dollars in additional funding. These additional funds would significantly help California’s counties increase outpatient mental health, alcohol and drug services. Increased assistance would also be available to help those who are homeless due to untreated mental illness, get off the streets and out of hospitals and jails and into treatment.
Bills Address, Social Equity, Elections and Voter Access and Tax Reform
Today, four bills introduced by Assemblymember Kevin Mullin cleared the Assembly floor and now move on to the Senate for consideration.
AB 461 directly impacts San Mateo County residents with developmental disabilities who are Medicare and Medi-Cal dual eligible by allowing them to voluntarily 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 – Today, Governor Jerry Brown released his 2015-2016 Revised Budget which updates his fiscal priorities for the coming year. The Governor’s initial budget proposal was released in January of this year. Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) released the following statement in response:
“This is a fiscally-responsible balanced approach that pays down debt, re-invests in schools and acknowledges our state’s challenges with income inequality and poverty.
Mullin, Bonta, Chiu, Thurmond, Ting, Low, Eggman and Levine Measure Makes a Strong Statement
Sacramento – Today Assembly Speaker pro Tempore Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) along with Assembly Joint Co-Authors Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), David Chiu (D-San Francisco), Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond), Phil Ting (D- San Francisco), Assembly Principal Co-Author Evan Low (D-Campbell), and Assembly Co-Authors Susan Eggman (D-Stockton) and Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) introduced Assembly Concurrent Resolution 67 denouncing and objecting to the introduction of ballot initiatives that call for violence, harm and intimidation on another person due to that person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
The action is significant in that the Legislature rarely takes a position on proposed citizen ballot measures. However, in the instance of the so-called “Sodomite Suppression Act,” the California State Assembly has determined that a formal, public statement denouncing an outrageous and obviously unconstitutional proposal was necessary.