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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.
(Sacramento) – Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) has started off the legislative year in full swing as he takes on workforce housing, clean tech, bio tech and transportation among other issues in his package of 20 Assembly Bills this year. In this edition of Capitol Connection, Assemblymember Mullin talks about his legislative goals and how they affect San Mateo County, as well as his continued leadership in the Assembly. Watch this Assembly Access Video to learn more.
(San Francisco) – Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) has written Assembly Bill 2502 to give local governments the authority to include low and moderate income housing requirements in new housing developments. Nearly 170 cities and counties in California have implemented inclusionary housing policies to address the shortage of affordable housing but legal battles have stalled some inclusionary housing programs. Inclusionary housing ordinances require that developers allocate a certain percentage of housing units in a new development to be affordable to low- and moderate-income households. AB 2502 restores local governments’ ability to enact inclusionary housing policies. KGO Radio’s Cathy Whitman spoke with Assemblymember Mullin about AB 2502 and filed this report. (:60)
AB 847 appropriates $1,000,000 from the Mental Health Services Act Fund (Proposition 63) to the State Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to develop an application for federal funds.
Specifically, AB 847 requires DHCS to develop a proposal to the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services to be selected as a participating state to receive enhanced federal matching funds to nearly double federal funds to support community mental health and alcohol and drug services with no additional state or county cost. Estimates are that the benefit to the state could be in the range of $1 billion.
AB 2387 brings existing statute into compliance with federal motor vehicle standards
Airbag fraud is a growing problem posing a threat to public safety. California originally addressed the issue in 2011 by enacting SB 869 which created a misdemeanor and a $5,000 fine, for an automotive repair shop that fails to repair and restore an airbag to its original operating condition. We now face a growing problem involving dangerous counterfeit and nonfunctional airbags. Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin (S-San Mateo) has introduced AB 2387 to address this threat.
“Vehicle airbags are not a single part,” stated Assemblymember Mullin, “but rather an integrated system of parts that work together to function properly. It is imperative that airbags deploy when needed. As a matter of basic consumer protection we should make sure that when an airbag needs replacing it is not a cheap counterfeit.”