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.
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.