Assistant Speaker pro Tem of the State Assembly concerned with amount and allocation of funds in this historic fine
“While I am pleased that the California Public Utilities Commission has finally come to a decision on a fine nearly four years following the tragic explosion in San Bruno, I am concerned about the amount and allocation of revenues,” said Assemblymember Mullin.
“I am still reviewing the documents, but it is immediately apparent that this newly announced fine is less than that recommended by CPUC staff last year. I look forward to learning about why this is the case.”
Two Bills Already Signed, Eight More Move on to Governor Brown for Signature
Sacramento - Assistant Speaker Pro Tem, Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) had a total of ten bills sent on to the Governor for signature, two of which have already been signed, as a result of the 2nd year of the 2013-14 legislative session.
“This has been a very productive session and I believe the bills provide cost savings and improvements to existing policy.” said Mullin. “That said, I continue to be committed to bring back new legislation in the next session to address the issues of election recount reform and antibiotics in livestock as well as addressing other issues related to workforce development and fiscal sustainability.”
Lack of Republican votes prevents recount legislation from moving to committee
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill 2194, introduced by Assemblymember Kevin Mullin, (D-San Mateo) to address the issue of recounts in statewide elections has stalled in the State Senate. Senate Republicans refused to provide the necessary votes to refer the bill to committee. The bill came up for a procedural vote on August 21st, which would have allowed it to be heard past the committee hearing deadline, requiring a two-thirds majority in the Senate. Democrats were in support, but Republicans voted “no”, effectively denying the bill the opportunity to have a fair hearing. Considering a statewide election is forthcoming in November, this refusal to discuss recount reform leaves open the possibility of a repeat of the recount debacle we witnessed in the State Controller’s primary race.
“The recount initiated in the recent State Controller’s primary race exposed serious flaws in our existing recount system, whereby candidates can cherry-pick which counties they want to recount, assuming they have the funds to pay for it,” stated Assemblymember Mullin. “It’s disappointing to see an opportunity to address a fundamental democratic principle like the election process denied this year for partisan reasons.”
San Mateo County will be part of pilot project focused on increasing voter turnout, and modernizing the election process.
SACRAMENTO –Assembly Bill 2028 (AB 2028) was signed by Governor Jerry Brown earlier today and will allow San Mateo County to join Yolo County in conducting a series of elections primarily by mail under California's vote-by-mail pilot project. San Mateo County could hold elections primarily by mail on up to three election dates prior to 2018, when the program expires. The selected dates may include off-year elections, such as city council and school board races, and special elections. The pilot project requires every registered voter to receive a ballot in the mail along with a ballot return envelope with prepaid postage. For those who don't receive a ballot, want to submit their ballot on Election Day, or simply prefer to vote in person; at least one polling place and drop off location will be available in each city.
"This bill presents a wonderful opportunity for San Mateo County voters," said Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo). "Our county already has a strong history of voting by mail and this pilot program will provide important voter turnout information from an urban county with a widely diverse population. It is also an important step forward in modernizing our voting process."
"I appreciate the fact that San Mateo County Chief Elections Officer Mark Church is supportive of this effort and recognizes the importance of the project. I know he and his staff are on board with its implementation," Mullin added.
SACRAMENTO – “The ongoing historic drought, our aging water infrastructure, and degraded watersheds have all combined to present us with an environmental and economic crisis that needs to be addressed,” said Assemblymember Mullin (D-San Mateo), a co-author of the measure. “While the water bond is not perfect, nothing that is negotiated between so many disparate interests could be.”
“If passed by the voters in November, this bond will provide significant regional and statewide benefits in terms of water supply reliability, water recycling, conservation, sustainability, flood control, and ecosystem restoration,” said Mullin.
“Over $100 million will be provided to the Coastal Conservancy to protect coastal watersheds and fund ecosystem restoration including areas within San Mateo County,” said Mullin. “Additionally, the Bay Area will receive $65 million dollars dedicated to improve water supply self-reliance and climate change adaptation.”
New bill would institute an automatic, state-funded recount when statewide races are determined by a margin of one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) or less.
In the wake of complications that were highlighted during the recent State Controller’s primary race, Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) has introduced legislation to reform California’s statewide election recount process.
“Fourteen years after Bush v. Gore, and the Florida fiasco, California still has an antiquated system for recounts and it needs reform,” stated Mullin.
San Mateo County aims to lead the state in saving taxpayer money, increasing voter turnout, and modernizing the election process.
SACRAMENTO –Assembly Bill 2028 (AB 2028) will allow San Mateo County to join Yolo County in conducting a series of elections primarily by mail under California’s vote-by-mail pilot project. San Mateo County could hold elections primarily by mail on up to three election dates prior to 2018, when the program expires. The selected dates may include off-year elections, such as city council and school board races, and special elections. The pilot project requires every registered voter to receive a ballot in the mail along with a ballot return envelope with prepaid postage. For those who don’t receive a ballot, want to submit their ballot on Election Day, or simply prefer to vote in person; at least one polling place and drop off location will be available in each city.
New bill modifying recount process to be introduced in August when legislature reconvenes.
Sacramento - The recount currently underway in the Controller’s race has generated significant discussion throughout the State of California. Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D- San Mateo) plans to introduce legislation regarding recount procedures when the Legislature returns from its summer recess. His office is researching options to ensure the recounting process in future statewide elections is fair to all candidates. These options may include: the establishment of a threshold that automatically triggers the recount process for very close races, the development of a recount standard across counties, and a state-funded recount process in California.
“California is in uncharted territory with the Controller’s race recount,” stated Assemblymember Kevin Mullin. “It’s imperative to our system of governance that the election process is fair and transparent for all voters and candidates. We are actively researching a variety of options and engaging in discussions with the Secretary of State’s office so we can craft comprehensive legislation on this issue.”
AB 2649 Will Promote Clean Energy and Job Creation in Military Communities
Sacramento – Assembly Bill 2649 authored by Assemblymember Mullin and a bipartisan group of legislators passed off of the Assembly floor today on a vote of 72-0. The bill eliminates and mitigates barriers to the development of solar, wind, and other forms of clean energy.
The Army, Navy and Air Force have a collective goal to adopt 3,000 MW of clean energy by 2025—including the Secretary of the Navy’s goal of generating at least 50 percent of shore-based energy requirements from alternative sources by 2020. While interpretation of current California law has prohibited several military renewable energy projects from moving forward in California, other states such as Arizona, Texas, Hawaii, and Colorado have been able to aggressively move towards these goals.
Sacramento – Assemblymember Kevin Mullin, Assistant Speaker pro Tem and member of the Budget Committee, is generally supportive of the Governor’s modified budget proposal. He made the following comments following his initial review of revised budget proposal:
“I appreciate the Governor looking at the budget using a multi-year perspective,” said Assemblymember Mullin. “I agree with the idea that as we look ahead, it is important to remember that in most of the last ten years we have faced big shortfalls. As a member of the Assembly Budget Committee, I will be taking that to heart.”