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SACRAMENTO - Assemblymembers Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno), Tom Daly (D-Anaheim),
and Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) are jointly authoring an Assembly Bill (AB) that provides tangible
ways to meet Governor Brown's climate change goals and continue California's leadership on
greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction efforts. AB 1511will:
SACRAMENTO –Today, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) was honored with Ag Council’s Influential Legislator Award for his work with the agriculture community including areas in water policy and Assembly Bill (AB) 8, a measure that provides incentives to farmers to support the move to cleaner vehicles.
“It’s an honor to receive the Ag Council’s Influential Legislator Award,” said Assemblymember Perea. “Through Assembly Bill 8, I have fought for funding to retrofit farming equipment to meet air quality standards, and as a Joint Author of Proposition 1 fought for a water bond that meets the needs of every region of the state. A reliable water supply will ensure food is on our tables and there are jobs in our community. As Chairman of the Agriculture Committee, it is my responsibility to continue fighting for issues important to the ag community so they can continue growing robust crops and feeding the nation.”
Ag Council's Board Chair, Brendon Flynn, who is a farmer with Sunsweet Growers and Assemblymember Perea
SACRAMENTO –Yesterday, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea’s (D-Fresno) Assembly Bill (AB) 99 passed the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee. AB 99 would extend tax relief on forgiveness of mortgage debt by conforming California law to federal law. AB 99 will provide continued state income tax relief to borrowers who have had mortgage debt forgiven by their lender before January 1, 2015.
SACRAMENTO- Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) released the following statement regarding Governor Jerry Brown’s 2015-16 Budget May Revise:
“I applaud Governor Brown for moving forward with a balanced budget plan that pays down debt, while prioritizing spending in key areas like climate change that impacts our state and nation. The proposal includes a $2.2 billion Cap and Trade Expenditure Plan that will further reduce emissions by providing additional resources for clean transportation and mass transit, energy efficiency and renewable energy, waste reduction, and ecosystem restoration programs. I look forward to working with my colleagues and the Administration on a plan that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, ensure equitable distribution of funding to the disadvantaged communities that need it the most and are most severely impacted by carbon emissions, and create jobs as we deploy emission reduction projects. As we move forward emission reduction projects must provide affordability for consumers.”
NOTE: Assemblymember Perea is available for interviews. Please direct media inquiries to Alicia Isaacs at 916-224-8488.
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea’s (D-Fresno) Assembly Bill (AB) 1308 passed the Assembly Floor with bipartisan support. AB 1308 would strengthen the state’s apprenticeship system by establishing basic, but necessary procedures for the approval of new programs. The bill would clarify that contractors must actually request apprentices before existing programs may be found to lack the capacity or willingness to dispatch them.
“As our infrastructure continues to age, the building and construction trades apprenticeship programs are vital to address the need for a highly skilled workforce for new construction and modernization projects,” said Assemblymember Perea. “AB 1308 would ensure apprenticeship programs are performing at the highest standard.”
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea’s (D-Fresno) Assembly Bill (AB) 617 passed the Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee. AB 617 would make it easier for California to meet its sustainable groundwater goals as enacted through the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).
“Since passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, many stakeholders have had more time to closely analyze the various provisions. As stakeholders begin to implement the new groundwater laws, they have found inconsistencies,” said Assemblymember Perea. “AB 617 will clear up these inconsistencies and make it easier for my locals to meet our sustainable groundwater goals and secure a reliable water future for all Californians.”
SACRAMENTO –Yesterday, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea’s (D-Fresno) Assembly Bill (AB) 21 passed the Assembly Natural Resources Committee. AB 21 would place in statute a specific statewide target for emission reductions for 2030 and would expand California’s leadership role in the efforts to curb climate change.
“The deployment of electric vehicles and significant increases in building efficiency requires a coordinated approach between state agencies and the Legislature,” said Assemblymember Perea. “AB 21 will ensure we continue our leadership on climate change and keep us on the path to successfully achieving long-term goals.”
SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea’s (D-Fresno) Assembly Bill (AB) 1176 passed the Assembly Transportation Committee. AB 1176 would direct a greater portion of funds available under the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction Fund and Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology program towards California’s most impacted and disadvantaged communities (DACs). These funds would help facilitate the deployment of low-carbon based fueling infrastructure that demonstrate reasonable and cost-effective GHG reduction strategies that provide residents with immediate benefits in air quality, public health, environment and the local economy.
“It’s important we deploy projects in the communities most impacted by pollution and GHG emissions,” said Assemblymember Perea. “Increased funding for these projects ensure our families are breathing cleaner air, and create good paying jobs.”
SACRAMENTO –Today, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea’s (D-Fresno) Assembly Bill (AB) 857 passed the Assembly Natural Resources Committee. AB 857 would expand incentives to support deployment of clean and low carbon heavy-duty vehicles involved in goods movement, which can provide an immediate and cost-effective solution to reduce emissions to improve air quality and public health. This bill would also support a transition to low carbon transportation technologies to address climate change over the long-term.
“AB 857 will provide incentives for the trucking industry to replace their diesel vehicles with more energy efficient modes of transportation,” said Assemblymember Perea. “This transition would immediately result in cleaner air, reduce pollution, and create healthier communities throughout California.”
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea’s (D-Fresno) Assembly Bill (AB) 904 passed the Assembly Transportation Committee. AB 904 would increase access to clean vehicles by creating a secondary clean vehicle market place that is more affordable for low income Californians. The bill would incentivize Californians who cannot afford a new vehicle to purchase a clean used vehicle rather than a conventional one.
“AB 904 will give people who are new to the market the ability to purchase a clean vehicle right from the start, and give them the opportunity to create a culture of sustainability in their family,” said Assemblymember Perea. “This bill will allow low to middle income Californians to participate in the clean economy.”