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SACRAMENTO –Today Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 156, which will 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.
SACRAMENTO- Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) released the following statement regarding Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed 2015-16 budget:
“While California’s economic outlook has vastly improved over the last few years, it is our responsibility to maintain long term fiscal stability while continuing to stimulate the economy. Governor Brown has proposed a balanced plan for paying down debt, while prioritizing a spending plan in key areas like water infrastructure and climate change that impact all of our communities.”
SACRAMENTO – An Assembly Bill (AB) that would extend tax relief on forgiveness of mortgage debt by conforming California law to federal law was introduced today by Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno).
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 – Yesterday, CALSTART honored Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) with their Blue Sky Award. CALSTART is a member organization dedicated to expanding and supporting a clean transportation industry that cleans the air, creates jobs and economic opportunities, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and secures our transportation energy future. The awards recognize outstanding marketplace contributions to the clean transportation industry by companies, organizations and individuals. Members of CALSTART's Board of Directors presented the awards.
Assemblymember Perea was honored with this award as a top policy-maker in recognition of outstanding contributions to advanced sustainable transportation, primarily for authoring Assembly Bill (AB) 8.
SACRAMENTO–Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) released the following statement regarding his new committee assignment as Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Agriculture:
“I am honored to be named Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Agriculture. California produces nearly half of all US-grown fruits, nuts and vegetables, and much of that is in the Central Valley. Fresno County is the breadbasket to the nation and it is important we protect our agricultural resources and our economy. 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 the new Chairman, I look forward to continuing to work on issues so important to our community and California.”
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 21 which would require the California Air Resources Board to recommend to the Governor and the Legislature a specific target on statewide emission reductions for 2030. The goal behind this legislation is to begin the conversation on post-2020 climate change policy.
SACRAMENTO-Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 2731 by Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) into law. 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.
SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 1960 by Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) into law. AB 1960 ensures clinicians at State Hospitals have access to criminal records of patients committed through the criminal justice system to assist them in the placement and treatment of patients.
“Doctors at Coalinga State Hospital in my district and in other State Hospitals were lacking the information they need to create a safer environment for both patients and employees,” said Assemblymember Perea. “With all the relevant information, doctors will be able to provide patients with the best and most individualized treatment plans. I applaud Governor Brown for signing this important measure into law.”
SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 2672 by Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) into law. AB 2672 ensures the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) conducts an affordable energy feasibility study for disadvantaged communities that do not have natural gas service in the Central Valley.
“Many disadvantaged communities in the Central Valley do not have access to natural gas service in their homes,” said Assemblymember Perea. “Collecting this data will allow the CPUC to identify communities without gas service and determine what would increase access to affordable energy. This would allow these advantaged community members to spend less on heating and cooking. I applaud Governor Brown for signing this important measure into law.”
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.”