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Neurocognitive Testing and Airbag Fraud Top The List
Sacramento – With the 2016 legislative session coming to a close on August 31, Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin had five bills move on to Governor Brown for his signature this week. The five bills include:
AB 2182 establishes a four-year, grant funded pilot program for Title 1 high schools in northern, central and southern California. The program will establish baseline and neurocognitive testing of student athletes and will also generate data to provide a better understanding of sports related head injuries among student athletes.
(Sacramento) – California State Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) and Assemblymember Rich Gordon (D-Menlo Park) adjourned the Assembly in memory of long-time San Mateo County public servant, Mary Griffin Ramseur. Ms. Ramseur spent many years serving her community on the Millbrae City Council and then on the San Mateo Board of Supervisors. Children’s issues were her priority while in office. Ramseur is survived by her husband, children, step children and grandchildren. She was 84. Watch this Assembly Access Video hear Assemblymember Gordon and Assemblymember Mullin give their touching tributes on the Assembly Floor.
Bill Improves Public Safety and Increases Transportation Funding
Sacramento – AB 516 by Speaker pro Tempore Kevin Mullin was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. AB 516 will modernize California’s system of providing license plates for vehicles at the point of sale rather than allowing them to drive off the lot without any means of identification.
“I am very excited that Governor Brown has signed AB 516 into law,” said Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin. “I appreciate the effort of all the stakeholders, who met with me and my staff to craft a bill that gives law enforcement agencies information to help solve crimes that has been unavailable to them in the past. AB 516 will also provide approximately $19 million dollars in additional revenue to regional transportation and tolling agencies that have been uncollected as a result of toll evasion on our bridges, toll roads and express lanes.”
(Sacramento) – Assembly Bill 516, authored by Assembly Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) will modernize California’s vehicle identification system by placing temporary license plates on vehicles at the point of sale.
“It’s great to have AB 516 headed to the Governor’s desk for his consideration and hopefully his signature,” said Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin. “The impetus behind this bill came from a fatal hit and run accident in southern California in 2013. The vehicle involved in this accident, that was caught on video surveillance has yet to be found and the case is left unsolved because there were paper dealer plates on the vehicle. Many crimes have been perpetrated since then that remain unsolved, in large part because the vehicles involved cannot be identified, beyond color, make and model.
The implementation of AB 516 will also provide $19 million dollars in revenue to regional transportation/tolling agencies that they have been missing as a result of toll evasion on our bridges, toll roads and express lanes. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
Rainy Day Fund Strengthened while Child Care, Affordable Housing Get Needed Attention
Sacramento – “Today, the California State Legislature passed its sixth on-time, balanced budget in as many years. As a member of the Assembly Budget Committee I am proud of the work done by all of the budget sub-committees, the two house conference committees as well as Governor Brown and his office.
The $122.2 Billion General Fund spending plan for 2016-17 addresses many areas of need. We were able to provide increased funding for child care and preschool programs which provides invaluable benefits children at a critical time in their development. Continuing to invest in early childhood education gives our children a solid start in their learning experience and gives them a head start on achieving success later in life. This year’s General Fund budget also makes an additional $2 billion deposit into the rainy-day fund reserve.
Sacramento – Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin had three bills pass out of the Appropriations Committee today allowing them to continue moving through the legislative process and joining eight other Mullin bills that have already moved on to the Senate for consideration.
AB 2182 addresses neurocognitive testing in high school athletes and would establish a four-year, grant-funded pilot program in a total of three high school districts in Northern, Central, and Southern California. “As concern grows over sports-related concussions, data to better understand the frequency is needed to ensure we are doing what we can to prevent, recognize and respond to this type of injury,” said Mullin. AB 2182 would allow the pilot high schools to conduct baseline and post-injury neurocognitive testing for student athletes to generate the necessary data.
Sacramento – Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francisco) had two key bills pass out of committee on Wednesday. AB 2502, addresses the critical issue of inclusionary housing and AB 2523, addresses campaign contributions at the local level.
California has a significant housing crisis and AB 2502 would restore a local government’s authority to enact inclusionary housing policies. Virtually every state program that has been utilized to incentivize construction of below market rate housing no longer exists. Proposition 1C the $2.85 billion housing bond has been spent, redevelopment agencies have been dissolved and the courts have ruled against inclusionary housing for rental units.
California could receive funding in the range of $1 billion
Sacramento – Governor Jerry Brown has signed AB 847 by Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francisco), which has the potential to provide additional funding in the range of $1 billion to support community mental health and alcohol and drug services with no additional cost to the state or to counties. The bill included an urgency clause which makes it effective immediately.
AB 847 appropriates $1,000,000 from the Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) to the Department of Health Care Services for the purpose of developing an application for federal funds from the United States Department of Health and Human Services. If California is selected as a participating state, enhanced federal matching funds, nearly double the regular funding can be received with no additional cost to the state or to counties.
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) and State Senator Jerry Hill joined together to author Senate Concurrent Resolution 120, which declares April 7, 2016 as Biotechnology Day in California. During a ceremony on the Assembly floor, Assemblymember Mullin said, “There are nearly 3-thousand life sciences companies in our state. They directly employ over 280-thousand individuals and generate $130-billion in revenue.” Here’s more from Assemblymember Mullin in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) took to the Assembly floor to honor the founder of California’s biotech industry, Genentech, California’s first biotech company. Founded 40 years ago and headquartered in South San Francisco, Genentech employs nearly 12,000 and has facilities in Vacaville and Oceanside as well. “Genentech has created an industry that has helped millions of patients and fundamentally changed the way serious diseases are treated,” said Assemblymember Mullin. “Just since 2010 Genentech has had nine approvals for new medicines and has received 13 Breakthrough Therapy Designations.” Learn more in this Assembly Access video.