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 Currently, California’s calculation methods are outdated and inconsistent with federal requirements.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conforms to the federal “standard method,” it does not conform to the “simplified method” and is still using an outdated federal method that expired in 2008.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.
(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.