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Sacramento – With the September 30 deadline looming to sign or veto legislation, today Governor Brown acted on the three remaining bills, still on his desk, sent to him by Assembly Speaker pro Tempore, Kevin Mullin.
AB 2126, signed by the Governor, will increase the number of highway, bridge, or tunnel construction projects for which the Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is authorized to deliver using the Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) method. It is estimated that AB 2126 will result in cost savings in the range of 10 percent as well as expedited project delivery.
Mullin’s Bill Provides Funding for Caltrain’s Electrification Project
Sacramento – Governor Jerry Brown has signed AB 1889 (Mullin – San Mateo) which will provide timely access to Proposition 1A funds (California High Speed Rail) for the electrification of Caltrain as well as bookend projects in Southern California. The bill clarifies the term “suitable and ready” for the funding plan required under the provisions of Proposition 1A and helps the State meet its obligation to deliver bond money allocated in SB 1029, a 2012 Budget Appropriation bill, by the 2018 deadline.
“Simply put, this bill makes good on a funding commitment the Legislature made during the 2012 budget process,” Mullin stated. “Our transportation infrastructure has many needs and AB 1889 will allow Caltrain to address one of those needs by moving forward with electrification of their system, providing both short and long term benefits.”
Sacramento –Governor Brown has signed AB 2387 authored by Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) into law. This bill will address the ongoing issue of counterfeit airbags.
“Unlike other counterfeit products such as handbags or DVD’s, counterfeit airbags have the potential to kill,” Mullin said. “The National Highway Safety Administration has conducted numerous tests that show just how dangerous these products are.”
AB 2317 Authorizes the State University System to Offer Audiology Doctorate Program
"I am extremely excited to announce that Governor Brown has signed AB 2317 into law. This bill addresses the growing need for audiologists in California by authorizing the California State University system to independently offer a Doctorate of Audiology degree. Prior to this bill being signed, existing law assigned the University of California as the only public institution authorized to offer doctoral degree programs. While CSU could offer joint doctoral degrees, they can now offer the Audiology Doctorate independently.
As someone who has a hearing disability, I am acutely aware of how important an audiologist is. Each year, the state's Newborn Screening Program identifies 1200 infants with severe hearing disabilities who need treatment. When you add in the growing number of residents over the age of 65 and the fact that nearly 25-50% of them, depending on their age, have disabling hearing loss, the need for audiologists will continue to grow. The expansion of this degree program not only increases the opportunities for students who wish to pursue this profession, it ultimately benefits all Californians who have hearing issues."
Modernization of Transportation Infrastructure Is Key Bill Component
Sacramento – AB 1889 (Mullin – San Mateo) has moved on to Governor Brown for his consideration and signature. This bill provides a critical step in the modernization of transportation infrastructure in California by providing timely access to Proposition 1A bond proceeds for the electrification of Caltrain along with bookend projects in Southern California.
“I am thrilled to have authored a bill that will facilitate a historic milestone for the Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project,” said Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin. “This project has been years in the making and can’t come soon enough for communities along the Peninsula that are looking for solutions to the growing congestion on our freeways and roads.”
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.