Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) has completed his elections package for the upcoming legislative year by introducing three more election related bills.
In 2014, California’s vote-by-mail (VBM) use exceeded 60 percent in the general election. Unfortunately, according to the California Civic Engagement Project at UC Davis, California has one of the highest mail ballot rejection rates in the country. The top three reasons mail-in ballots were rejected are: not arriving on time, not being signed or because signatures could not be verified.
AB 477 has the potential to address two of these issues, first it gives county elections officials the ability to collect missing signatures on VBM ballots using a uniform ballot cure form, making sure more eligible votes are counted. Second, it would also allow additional documents to be used for signature verification in an effort to reduce the number of VBM ballots excluded for a non-matching signature.
(Sacramento CA) –"I am pleased to learn that Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone is no longer proposing to classify employees as ministers, which would have had the potential to affect workers’ governmental protections against discrimination," said Mullin. "I am also cautiously optimistic by the report that the Archbishop plans to convene a committee of theology teachers to evaluate his recently proposed guidelines which included a strict morals code for teachers. While the Archbishop has said he had no plans to fire teachers for their private lives, it is clear that many in the church community interpreted his intentions differently. I plan to monitor the outcome closely. As a graduate of Junipero Serra High School, the Catholic education I received has served me well and it taught me the importance of tolerance and compassion. It is my hope that this issue can be resolved quickly and that the teachers and students in our Catholic high schools can be free of discrimination. At a time when Pope Francis is taking significant steps to unite the Catholic Church, let’s not move in the opposite direction and divide it."
Kevin Mullin represents the 22nd Assembly District and is the Speaker pro Tempore of the California State Assembly. He chairs the Select Committee on Biotechnology and serves on the following committees: Budget, Budget Subcommittee #4 on State Administration, Business and Professions, Local Government, Utilities & Commerce, and Revenue and Taxation. The 22nd district includes the cities of Belmont, Brisbane, Burlingame, Foster City, Hillsborough, Millbrae, Pacifica, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Mateo, portions of South San Francisco and the San Mateo County Coastside communities of Montara and Moss Beach.
Bill Provides Opportunity To Collect Millions of Dollars in Currently Uncollected Revenue
Sacramento – Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) has introduced AB 516 which will establish a mandatory temporary license plate system, commonly known as a “Temp Tag” system, which requires both new and used auto dealers to install temporary tags at the point of sale so vehicles are identifiable to law enforcement and toll operators immediately upon being driven away from the point of sale.
This bill provides important public safety benefits and the ability to collect an estimated $12 million statewide in what is now lost revenue from uncollected bridge tolls in the San Francisco Bay Area and tolls roads and express lanes in Southern California.
(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymembers Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) and Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) are urging the State Legislature to investigate the morality clauses imposed by Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, on staff employed at Catholic high schools under his control in Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo Counties.
In a letter jointly addressed to the Chairmen of the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee and the Assembly Judiciary Committee, Ting and Mullin said the morality clauses “set a dangerous precedent for workers’ rights through manipulations of law that deprive employees of civil rights guaranteed to all Californians.” In their request for these committees to review the issues, the lawmakers said, “California cannot become a laboratory for discrimination under the guise of religion,” adding that the Legislature must “investigate instances where religion is used as a Trojan horse to deprive our fellow citizens of their basic civil rights.”
Sacramento - Assembly Speaker Pro Tem, Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) today introduced AB 378 which seeks to provide a framework for addressing major congestion along California State Highway 101 through San Mateo County.
Bay Area residents are well aware of and in many instances are benefitting from the strong local economy. However, an unfortunate side effect of the economic recovery has been increased congestion and traffic delays on our roadways including California State Highway 101.
There is no shortage of challenging issues that will make news from the State Capitol during the 2015-16 Legislative Session ranging from education reform, to funding transportation infrastructure, to combatting climate change and more.
As the newly sworn-in Speaker pro Tempore of the California State Assembly, and as a member of the Budget Committee, my focus is on helping shape a state budget that balances spending on vital priorities such as strengthening a social safety net that was decimated in the Great Recession, while pro-actively paying down our state’s debts and addressing long-term fiscal liabilities. In the coming months, we will hold dozens of hearings resulting in eventual adoption of a roughly $113 billion general fund state budget. I am optimistic that the Legislature and the Governor are on track for a fifth consecutive on-time balanced budget.
Sacramento – Today, Governor Jerry Brown released his 2015-2016 Proposed Budget which outlines his fiscal priorities for the coming year. Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) released the following statement in response:
“I am pleased to see that the Governor’s Budget provides nearly $8 billion additional dollars to K-12 schools and community colleges, repays old debt obligations and addresses the retiree health unfunded liability. Due to higher than expected revenues, the state plans to deposit an additional $2.8 billion into the voter-approved Proposition 2 Rainy Day Fund, total reserve of nearly $4 billion, so we are better prepared for tougher fiscal times. The Governor’s proposal strikes an important balance between reinvesting public services like education and transportation while continuing to show fiscal restraint so we remain on stable ground in future budget years.
San Mateo -“I am deeply disappointed to learn the content of more improper e-mails between PG&E and the CPUC. It is even more disturbing to learn of former CPUC President Michael Peevey's opinion of San Bruno officials,” stated Assemblymember Kevin Mullin D-San Mateo. “These remarks, if true, are highly inappropriate and quite simply reinforce the need for the CPUC to reform itself and for the new President and Commission members to remember they work for the public. San Bruno city leaders are fully aware of who they represent and they have worked tirelessly since the pipeline explosion to rebuild their community and protect their citizens and others from an incident happening again,” said Mullin. “But for their tenacity, all these improper communications would not have come to light.”
Recount, Antibiotics in Livestock, Expanding Nurse/Family Partnership and Safe Disposal of Household Hazardous Waste are part of initial bill package
Sacramento – Monday, December 1 marked the opening of the 2015-16 legislative session and Speaker pro Tempore Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) introduced a total of four bills. In addition to AB 44 which will provide comprehensive, permanent election recount reform, he introduced three additional bills dealing with Antibiotics in Livestock, expanding the Nurse/Family Partnership and the safe disposal of Household Hazardous Waste.
San Mateo Assemblymember Will Preside Over Assembly Floor Sessions
Sacramento, CA- California State Assemblymember Kevin Mullin, D-San Mateo, was sworn in today as Speaker pro Tempore of the California State Assembly. Assemblymember Mullin was appointed to the presiding officer position by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego for the 2015-16 session. He was sworn in by Associate Justice Goodwin Liu of the California Supreme Court. Mullin, 44, also took an oath of office for his second two-year term in the State Assembly. He previously served as Assistant Speaker pro Tempore and was first appointed by former Speaker John A. Perez in 2012.
In this new role, Mullin will continue as part of the Speaker’s leadership team, and will preside regularly over floor sessions. The job is critical to ensuring bi-partisan cooperation and civility in the business before the full Assembly floor, making rulings on parliamentary inquiries and points of order, as well as ensuring smooth operations as the Assembly takes up thousands of bills in its upcoming session.