Assembly Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin, John F. Foran Legislative Award

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License Plate Bill Boosts Public Safety and Revenues

For his leadership in winning passage of Assembly Bill 516, the Temporary License Plate bill, Assembly Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin, who represents San Mateo County’s District 22, is receiving MTC’s distinguished John F. Foran Legislative Award. Supported by MTC and signed into law by Governor Brown in July 2016, AB 516 modernizes California’s vehicle license program by requiring all motor vehicles sold by new or used car dealers to have a temporary license plate with a unique license number before the vehicle leaves the dealer’s lot. Previously, only temporary dealership paper plates were required and were not replaced with permanent plates for months or sometimes years.

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Legislative Session Holds Promise and Peril

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By Kevin Mullin

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.

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Enterprise zone plan would boost economy

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As California slowly recovers from the Great Recession, the governor and the Legislature must do more to revitalize our economy. One of the few remaining economic development tools left in California, the $700 million enterprise zone program, is wasteful and ineffective. Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal to recast enterprise zones and stimulate manufacturing in the state is a step in the right direction.

Brown's plan will strengthen our manufacturing and biotechnology sectors while providing an economic lift to distressed communities. Importantly, it offers new tax credits that wouldn't provide incentives for gimmicks that abuse workers, but would create jobs in the state. The current law allowed:


California budget will be balanced and on time: Democrats accept governor’s conservative revenue projection

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Freshman Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, will help the state adopt a balanced budget at its earliest date since 1986 if the Legislature approves Gov. Jerry Brown’s $96.4 billion spending plan Friday.

Brown announced a compromise yesterday that anticipates $3.2 billion less in revenue than the state Legislative Analyst’s Office projects.

“This budget takes some very positive steps for the state of California. Even though we did the fiscally responsible thing and went with the governor’s lower revenue estimates and left a significant reserve, we were able to do some very positive things,” Mullin wrote the Daily Journal in an email yesterday after Brown announced the budget compromise at a Sacramento press conference.


Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, seeks to protect school safety funding

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School safety plans are required by law but state funding to allow districts to have up-to-date planning and training opportunities may go away.

Technically, it would be distributed in a different way. But some think the change is one that shouldn’t happen. Under Gov. Jerry Brown’s Local Control Funding Formula for schools, many categorical designations for money will be done away with. Instead, the money would be given to districts through a per-pupil formula.


Lawmakers Introduce Bills Aimed At Bosltering Youth Vote

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Two state Senators have proposed legislation that would require at least one polling place on each University of California and California State University campus.

They also seek to expand voting on community college campuses.

Meanwhile, Democratic Assemblymember Kevin Mullin has proposed a constitutional amendment that would allow 17-year-olds to vote in a primary if they will turn 18 by the general election.


Lawmaker Reintroduces Bill to Allow 17-Year-Olds to Vote in Primaries

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Assemblymember Kevin Mullin has reintroduced a bill that would allow 17-year-old Californians to vote in primaries.

Without doubt – getting behind the wheel of a car is a teen dream.

But you have to practice with a permit first under the watchful eye of a seasoned driver, before you can tackle the road on your own.


Lawmakers hail budget

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A surplus?

With California cutting more than $40 billion from its budget these past two years, lawmakers welcomed a balanced budget from Gov. Jerry Brown yesterday, the first balanced budget many lawmakers in Sacramento have ever seen in their time there.

Even Republicans praised Brown for reining in spending but there are still some key sticking points such as the governor's plan to shift education funding to poorer schools that have both Democrats and the GOP concerned.


Local Officials Pegged for Key State Committees

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California Senator Leland Yee and Assemblymember Kevin Mullin announced this week they have been named to statewide committees on important issues.

As 2013 begins, California's state government is getting organized and picking representatives to serve on many of its key committees and commissions.

Local representatives such as California Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) and Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) announced this week that they have both been named to several of these important task forces.


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