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.
Bills Address, Social Equity, Elections and Voter Access and Tax Reform
Today, four bills introduced by Assemblymember Kevin Mullin cleared the Assembly floor and now move on to the Senate for consideration.
AB 461 directly impacts San Mateo County residents with developmental disabilities who are Medicare and Medi-Cal dual eligible by allowing them to voluntarily 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 – Today, Governor Jerry Brown released his 2015-2016 Revised Budget which updates his fiscal priorities for the coming year. The Governor’s initial budget proposal was released in January of this year. Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) released the following statement in response:
“This is a fiscally-responsible balanced approach that pays down debt, re-invests in schools and acknowledges our state’s challenges with income inequality and poverty.
Mullin, Bonta, Chiu, Thurmond, Ting, Low, Eggman and Levine Measure Makes a Strong Statement
Sacramento – Today Assembly Speaker pro Tempore Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) along with Assembly Joint Co-Authors Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), David Chiu (D-San Francisco), Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond), Phil Ting (D- San Francisco), Assembly Principal Co-Author Evan Low (D-Campbell), and Assembly Co-Authors Susan Eggman (D-Stockton) and Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) introduced Assembly Concurrent Resolution 67 denouncing and objecting to the introduction of ballot initiatives that call for violence, harm and intimidation on another person due to that person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
The action is significant in that the Legislature rarely takes a position on proposed citizen ballot measures. However, in the instance of the so-called “Sodomite Suppression Act,” the California State Assembly has determined that a formal, public statement denouncing an outrageous and obviously unconstitutional proposal was necessary.
Mullin’s Temp Tag Bill Moves on to Appropriations Committee
Sacramento – Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin’s (D-San Mateo) temporary license plate bill has been approved by the Assembly Transportation Committee on a 16-0 vote, receiving full bipartisan support and now moves on to the Appropriations Committee.
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, posing a public safety risk and allowing motorists to evade tolls throughout the state.
Sacramento - Speaker pro Tem, Kevin Mullin’s recount reform bill, AB-44 cleared its first hurdle in the legislative process today when it passed out of the Elections and Redistricting Committee. The bill 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 less, addressing the serious flaws exposed in the existing recount system during the June 2014 State Controller’s primary race.
“It’s time for the State of California to join the twenty other states and the District of Columbia who already have state-funded recount systems in place,” stated Mullin. Our existing recount system is full of flaws and does not inspire voter confidence in the process.”
Sacramento – Today, the CPUC imposed a $1.6 billion penalty on PG&E for unsafe operation of its gas transmission system. Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) released the following statement in response:
“I am pleased to see the California Public Utilities Commission reach a decision today on the fine to be imposed on Pacific Gas and Electric Company in the amount of $1.6 billion for unsafe operation of its gas transmission system which specifically includes the pipeline rupture in San Bruno in 2010,” stated Assemblymember Kevin Mullin.
Bill would establish consistency with federal credit regulations
Sacramento, CA – Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin has introduced AB 544 in an effort to simplify the credit calculation process for research and development firms. Currently, California’s calculation methods are outdated and inconsistent with federal requirements. As a result, companies must conduct dual audits which are costly and often burdensome.
In 1981 Congress established the federal research credit, “to encourage business firms to perform the research necessary to increase the innovative qualities and efficiency of the U.S. economy.” California followed in 1987 with a similar credit for research conducted in the state. While California currently conforms to the federal “standard method,” it does not conform to the “simplified method” and is still using an outdated federal method that expired in 2008.
Melissa Lukin is the Executive Director of Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA)
Sacramento – Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin honored Melissa Lukin, Assembly District 22’s Woman of the Year at a ceremony that took place at the State Capitol today. Lukin is a tireless advocate for the prevention of domestic violence and abuse. CORA’s services include 24 hour hotline, crisis response support groups, legal services, emergency shelter, transitional housing, and English-Spanish translation and services.
“Melissa Lukin is committed to initiating a safe and healthy public dialogue around the issue of domestic violence,” said Mullin. “I am proud to highlight her work in our community and the work she is doing at CORA is amazing. San Mateo County is very fortunate to have her working in our community.”
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.