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SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea’s (D-Fresno) Assembly Bill (AB) 1124 passed the Assembly Insurance Committee. AB 1124 would establish a prescription drug formulary in California’s workers’ compensation system. This bill would help save millions in California workers’ compensation costs while ensuring injured workers get the necessary level of care that would help them get back to work.
“The central purpose of our workers’ comp system is to ensure injured workers regain health and get back to work. When workers get addicted to dangerous medications, goals of the program are not met,” said Assemblymember Perea. “An evidence based formulary has proven to be an effective tool in other states and should be considered in California.”
SACRAMENTO – On Wednesday, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea’s (D-Fresno) Assembly Bill (AB) 1308 passed the Assembly Labor & Employment Committee. 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 – Wednesday, Assembly Budget Subcommittee #3 voted to approve a plan forgiving Fresno County’s payment of $5.5 million for transportation maintenance-of-effort for and as a result Fresno County will be able to continue providing specialty medical services for the medically indigent. Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) negotiated the deal between Fresno County and Budget Subcommittee #3 members in advance of the hearing.
“With a strapped budget, providing vital services can be difficult,” said Assemblymember Perea. “My goal in negotiating with my colleagues was to ensure Fresno County provides medical services to those most in need while maintaining fiscal stability.”
SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea’s (D-Fresno) Assembly Bill (AB) 509 passed the Assembly Higher Education Committee. AB 509, the Higher-Ed Workforce Investment Act, would allow pre-apprenticeship training programs to be exempted from registration with the State of CA Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau for Private Post-Secondary Education (BPPE). The exemption would allow Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) to use training funds to prepare qualified entry-level workers for Registered Apprenticeships, which ultimately provide a pathway into the middle class.
“Pre-apprenticeship programs are the only pathway many people have to good paying jobs,” said Assemblymember Perea. “AB 509 will ensure pre-apprenticeship programs get the funding they need to operate high quality programs to provide prepared trainees to apprenticeship programs ensuring California can maintain its skilled workforce.”
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea’s (D-Fresno) Assembly Bill (AB) 722 passed the Assembly Banking and Finance Committee. AB 722 would help start-up and emerging small businesses gain access to capital. Under this proposed legislation, small businesses would be able to find investors who can provide capital through a process known as crowdfunding to help them grow and create jobs. Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people;
“Access to capital is an issue I hear about from small businesses and constituents all the time,” said Assemblymember Perea. “This bill will enable businesses to get the investors they need to jumpstart their businesses and boost our local economies and provide good paying jobs while providing peace of mind for investors.”
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea’s (D-Fresno) Assembly Bill (AB) 1412 passed the Assembly Local Government Committee unanimously. AB 1412would allow the City of San Joaquin to receive accelerated repayment of a Loan Agreement entered into by the City and Former Redevelopment Agency. Current law provides a formula that places a cap on the maximum repayment amount that can be paid each year. This bill would remove this limitation and allow the loan to be repaid to the City much sooner. It will increase the amount of funds disbursed to the affected taxing entities, and allow the wind-down of the former Redevelopment Agency to occur much sooner than under the current law.
SACRAMENTO –Today, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea’s (D-Fresno) Assembly Bill (AB) 857 passed the Assembly Transportation 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) 156 passed the Assembly Natural Resources Committee. AB 156 would provide technical assistance to disadvantaged communities (DAC) who are eligible to receive cap-and-trade revenue as directed by Senate Bill (SB) 535. SB 535 directs at least twenty-five percent of cap-and-trade revenue to DAC’s. AB 156 will make DAC projects more competitive and assist them in navigating the application process to receive these funds.
“Now that disadvantaged communities are eligible to receive twenty-five percent of cap-and-trade revenue, it’s important the funding gets to the communities most severely impacted by carbon emissions,” said Assemblymember Perea. “The application process can be overwhelming for communities to navigate on their own. This bill will provide disadvantaged communities with the tools necessary to maneuver through this process.”
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea’s (D-Fresno) Assembly Bill (AB) 1265 passed the Assembly Transportation Committee. AB 1265 would remove the sunset date and allow Public Private Partnerships (P3s) to continue to be an option for transportation infrastructure beyond January 1, 2017. This bill would allow California to rebuild its transportation infrastructure, improve transportation commerce, and therefore the state’s economy.
“California needs access to every avenue possible to rehabilitate our crumbling roads. Public private partnerships are an asset to California’s infrastructure development system we cannot afford to lose,” said Assemblymember Perea. “AB 1265 will ensure we can continue utilizing P3s.”
SACRAMENTO –Today, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) joined the family of Mike Morganti to urge Governor Brown to block parole for convicted killer David Weidert. Inmate Weidert brutally murdered Mike Morganti in 1980 and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Unfortunately, the State Parole Board formally voted to release Weidert during their January 28th, 2015 hearing. Weidert will be let loose later this spring unless Governor Brown steps in to overturn the decision.