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One of the surprising details that came to light during the recent debate over local police agencies outfitting themselves with surplus military equipment was the remarkable level of freedom police departments enjoyed in requesting weapons, armored personnel carriers, aircraft and other items. In many places, it was done without local public debate over whether communities wanted their police to be that heavily armed. That is changing at the federal level, and is the subject of a bill working its way through the California Legislature in Sacramento.
(Sacramento) – Assemblywoman Nora Campos (D-San Jose) and the Democratic members of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus have announced new legislation to address the wage gap women face at work. Chair of the Women’s Caucus, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) has introduced Senate Bill 358, the California Fair Pay Act, which will strengthen California’s equal pay laws to ensure that women are paid equally for work that is comparable to their male colleagues and do not face retaliation if they discuss or ask about pay at work. “Businesses that want to contract with the state have a moral responsibility to do the right thing for all working women,” said Assemblymember Campos. “California should be leading the way in pay equity.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
New leadership position will focus on external relations
Sacramento, CA – California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins appoints Asm. Nora Campos to the new leadership post of Assembly Assistant Democratic Leader-External Relation.
“I’m honored that Speaker Toni Atkins has named me the Assistant Democratic Leader-External Relations for the California Assembly and grateful to the Speaker for this opportunity and the trust she has placed in me, Campos said.”
According to Campos, “In this new role, I will be working closely with the Speaker and the rest of the Assembly Democrats Leadership team to ensure that our policies reflect our values and that California benefits from the work being done across the nation. I also look forward to taking our state’s progressive and innovative policy solutions to other states.”
California Assembly member Nora Campos wants to enact a law that will address the ongoing national concerns of excessive force by law enforcement and improve the future of young Black men.
The just-introduced bill, called AB 80, proposes to create one of the first interagency task forces in California.
“We must bring all the key agencies together and have a systematic discussion on what’s preventing our men and women of color from thriving. AB 80 is the vehicle to make this happen,” Campos told TV station KCET in an email.
In the wake of the Michael Brown and Ezell Ford shootings, California lawmakers are urging for the need to close barriers that continue to exist for young boys and men of color.
A newly introduced state bill would create one of the first ever interagency task forces in California to improve outcomes for young boys and men of color. AB 80 was introduced by Assembly member Nora Campos (D-San Jose).
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) today announced that Assemblymember Nora Campos (D-San Jose) will begin serving as the Assembly’s Assistant Democratic Leader-External Relations effective immediately.
As Assistant Democratic Leader-External Relations, Assemblymember Campos’ role will include helping shape policy and priorities for the Assembly Democratic Caucus and serving as liaison to the California Congressional Delegation and inter-governmental organizations such as the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Council of State Governments.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Assemblymember Nora Campos, D-San Jose, released this statement on Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal:
“Governor Brown has shown true leadership in putting California on a sound fiscal footing – and deserves credit for a job well done. Today, the governor has once again proposed a budget that seeks to balance the need for long-term fiscal prudence with investments in schools and infrastructure.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Ever mindful that the next economic downturn could be right around the corner, Gov. Jerry Brown released a record $113 billion California spending plan on Friday that resists calls for expanding social services and instead dedicates billions for paying down debt and saving for a rainy day.
"We saw the boom and the bust, and I'm trying to avoid that," Brown said in unveiling his new budget proposal at the state Capitol. He will work with lawmakers in the coming months to pass a final version in June.
It was a good week for the 90 students at Merritt Trace Elementary School in San Jose who climbed into a mobile eye exam van and emerged with the promise of a free pair of eyeglasses. But for thousands of students across the state who need glasses but don’t have them, it was another blurry week of not seeing the blackboard or the letters in a book.
Effective Jan. 1, two new state laws will clarify and expand the protocol for mandatory vision screening of students, but they don’t address the crux of a major children’s health conundrum: ensuring that students who fail the vision test actually get eyeglasses.