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SACRAMENTO –Today, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) opposed problematic ground water legislation that has a disproportionate impact on the Central Valley. This bill, rather than resulting in common sense groundwater sustainability, will result in years of litigation and cost to Central Valley water users.
“We can all agree groundwater regulation is important. I am disappointed we could not come to an agreement that takes the needs of every region into account,” said Assemblymember Perea. “The costs of implementing this bill will be enormous and reach into the billions. Local agencies and State Water boards have fee ability to recover all their costs, but the ratepayers of my district will retain the burden.”
(Sacramento) – California State Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) is disappointed with problematic ground water legislation that will have severe consequences for the Central Valley. Assemblymember Perea acknowledges the need for some sort of regulation, and he was hoping the legislature could negotiate a bill that would be a common sense solution. Unfortunately that didn’t happen and Assemblymember Perea says if signed by the Governor, this legislation will have a disproportionate negative affect on farmers and farm workers in Fresno County and beyond.
“I am disappointed we could not come to an agreement that takes the needs of every region into account,” said Assemblymember Perea. “The costs of implementing this bill will be enormous and reach into the billions. Local agencies and State Water boards have fee ability to recover all their costs, but the ratepayers of my district will retain the burden.”
Watch this Assembly Access Video to see Assemblymember Perea’s presentation on the Floor of the California Assembly.
SACRAMENTO-Today, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea’s (D-Fresno) Assembly Bill 2731 passed the Legislature and moves to the Governor’s desk. AB 2731 provides clarifying language to a budget bill, Senate Bill (SB) 853, passed earlier this year providing Fresno County the budget flexibility to continue providing care for the County’s indigent and undocumented population by delaying the $5.5 million the County owes to its local Road Fund for Maintenance-of-Effort.
“I look forward to having the Fresno County Board of Supervisors reinstate medical care for the undocumented and indigent,” said Assemblymember Perea. “Without care this population will suffer unnecessarily and will still show up in our emergency rooms in their times of need. These people in our community who pick our crops and provide us with services—they are our friends and neighbors and we must provide them with care.”
SACRAMENTO – Last year, amidst troubles at the Employment Development Department (EDD), Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) requested an audit of the department to get to the bottom of problematic issues. The audit request focused on how frequently claimants successfully appeal the denial of their unemployment insurance (UI) claims, and the lack of analysis of these problems by the EDD.
“This audit confirms many of the issues raised during the hearings my committee held. It’s clear many claimants had their claims denied improperly and the UI program needs to identify and implement policies that provide claimants with fair and timely service,” said Assemblymember Perea.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Henry T. Perea’s (D-Fresno) Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 158 designating a portion of the highway as CHP Officers Brian M. Law and Juan J. Gonzalez Memorial Highway passed the Senate Floor and will go to the Secretary of State for recordation. ACR 158 designates the portion of State Highway Route 99 from the Fresno/Tulare County Line to the Mountain View Avenue Overcrossing in the County of Fresno in honor of the two officers.
“Officers Law and Gonzalez made the ultimate sacrifice for our community,” said Assemblymember Perea. “These young officers’ lives were cut short in the line of duty and their sacrifice deserves to be memorialized. I’m proud to author legislation honoring them by designating a portion of Highway 99 in their memory.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) released the following statement in response to Senator Steinberg’s letter denying Assembly Bill (AB) 69 referral to committee for hearing:
“It is disappointing the California State Senate could not find time to discuss an issue that will increase the cost of gas to consumers. The legislative process should not be an excuse to table a subject that will hit consumers’ wallets. AB 69 has been in print since July 2nd, almost two months. Last year, Senator Steinberg gutted and amended SB 743-his Kings CEQA exemption bill-and in the course of two days it was considered in three policy committees and both floors of the Legislature.”
SACRAMENTO – Today, after months of negotiations fighting to prioritize the needs of the Central Valley in a water bond, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) voted to support the revised water bond.
“While this has been a very long and tough process, this bill meets the needs of the Central Valley,” said Assemblymember Perea. “I supported this water bond because it works to meet the needs of the entire state. It provides $2.7 billion in surface water storage allowing Temperance Flat to move forward, $520 million for clean drinking water, and funding for Delta sustainability. This option will create a reliable water supply for generations to come and provide the people living in our community with jobs.”
SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 1393 by Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) which extends tax relief on forgiveness of mortgage debt by conforming California law to federal law.
"I applaud Governor Brown for signing AB 1393 and relieving hardworking Californians of this financial burden. Requiring homeowners to pay income taxes on forgiven debt puts additional stress on people already struggling to recover from the collapse of the housing market. This bill will prevent this undue hardship," said Assemblymember Perea. "They can't afford to pay an additional tax on money they never received."
FRESNO – On Monday, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) and a delegation of state lawmakers traveled to El Salvador to meet with national leaders on a fact-finding mission to explore political, economic and social environments on the ground, and what impacted-states like California can do to meet the humanitarian challenges presented by tens of thousands of unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S. border.
“It’s clear the El Salvadoran government understands the crisis,” said Assemblymember Perea. “They are beginning a public campaign discouraging people from making the trip to the U.S. and are presenting public service announcements highlighting the dangers. The El Salvadoran government understands the key to stopping the migration is to provide better educational opportunities, jobs for their people, and security. I look forward to continuing to strengthen ties with El Salvador and finding resolution to this issue.”
FRESNO – Yesterday, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) recognized the accomplishments of his second class of Young Legislators at a celebratory dinner at Campagnia in Fresno as they wrapped up the five month program. The group of young leaders was joined by family and friends as they received certificates of recognition.
For the second year, Assemblymember Perea has chosen students from the 31st District to mentor. The program serves as an opportunity to develop leadership skills and learn about the legislative process.