State military transition program to compliment federal programs
(SACRAMENTO)- Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale) today announced the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee approved Assembly Bill (AB) 1509, a measure that would require the California Department of Veterans Affairs to develop a California specific transition assistance program (Cal TAP). The measure was passed by a margin of 7 to 1 and now will move to the Assembly Floor.
“California has excellent programs for veterans, but they are useless if military members don’t know about them,” said Fox.
(SACRAMENTO)- Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale) today announced that his bill to require residential care facilities with six or fewer elderly residents to install fire sprinkler systems has cleared the Assembly Human Services Committee. Assembly Bill (AB) 2162 passed by a margin of 5 to 0, and now goes to the Assembly’s Governmental Organizations Committee for consideration.
“Many seniors have disabilities that prevent them from running out of a burning house,” said Fox. “Fire sprinklers save lives because they give people time.”
Law focuses on transitional support and facilities for health
(SACRAMENTO) Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale) today announced AB 585, a bill that focuses on the use of unused or underutilized properties currently maintained by the state Department of Veterans Affairs received bipartisan support from the Assembly.
“Veterans in my district often have to travel a long way to receive various benefits,” said Fox. “My ultimate goal is to have the properties that are already available and adjacent to existing veterans centers be put to use in a way that makes services more convenient and accessible.”
Panel supports aerospace and employment in the region
(SACRAMENTO) Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale) today announced that he has accepted an invitation to join the Los Angeles Jobs Defense Council, an integrative team with the mission to support and sustain the aerospace industry in the Los Angeles area.
Grants available for conservation and energy plans
(SACRAMENTO) Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale) today announced that his Assembly Bill (AB) 1060 was signed by Governor Jerry Brown. This measure provides continued access to renewable energy grants for 15 counties that are located within the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan area which include Los Angeles, Kern and San Bernardino Counties.
“Desert counties still have a fighting chance to obtain funds for innovative, environmentally friendly programs,” said Fox. “These planning grants inspire communities to develop creative future energy resources.”
Bill to enhance student athlete safety
(SACRAMENTO) Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale) today announced that Assembly Bill (AB) 588 was signed by Governor Jerry Brown. This measure expands existing law that protects school athletes who are suspected of having sustained a concussion.
“Our student athletes have not been equally protected from the dangers of concussion injury and re-injury,” said Fox. “Now all pupils will be safer in the sports activities they enjoy.”
Legislation will support students in juvenile court schools
(SACRAMENTO) Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale) today announced that Assembly Bill (AB) 631 was approved by Governor Jerry Brown. The bill, which also was passed unanimously by legislators in both the Senate and Assembly, allows juvenile court schools to provide extra English and math classes to students who have fallen behind academically.
“Children who struggle with reading and math often deal with unemployment as adults,” said Fox. “Education is the mechanism that moves people into the mainstreams of society.”
State audit request focuses on consumer rates and provider efficiency
(SACRAMENTO)- Today, Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale) announced that his request for the State Auditor to examine Antelope Valley water rates was granted with bipartisan consent by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC). His request was made in response to area service providers’ applications to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to increase rates by as much as 60 percent over a one- to three-year period.
“The one topic that comes up over and over when I talk with constituents is water,” said Fox. “When my constituents have taken steps to reduce their water usage and still have bills that are over $200 per month, we all need to know why conservation efforts suddenly cost customers more.”
SACRAMENTO—In this week’s Democratic Radio Address, Assemblymember Steve Fox (D- Palmdale) discusses Assembly Bill 93, legislation signed by Governor Jerry Brown this week that will modify the enterprise zone program to help areas of the state that were hit the hardest during the recession. Assemblymember Fox has been a leader in fighting for the bill, which revises the enterprise zone credits to improve the hiring credits for employers and adds incentives for employers to hire veterans and people who have been jobless for over six months. It also ensures companies statewide that purchase equipment for manufacturing, processing, refining, or recycling will not have to pay state sales tax on those purchases beginning in July 2014.
AB 93 heads to Governor
(SACRAMENTO) Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale) announced the State Assembly's passage of Assembly Bill (AB) 93, a measure that will restore Antelope Valley's expired Enterprise Zone. AB 93 won bipartisan approval with a 54-16 vote and now moves to the Governor for approval.
"When I first took office and asked Mayor Ledford of Palmdale and Mayor Parris of Lancaster what I could do to help the Antelope Valley, they both said the Enterprise Zone needed to be restored," said Fox. "The expansion of local hiring credits and incentives for manufacturing in our district will give our businesses and employers the help they have needed."
AB 93 authorizes former enterprise zones to operate as current enterprise zones under a modified program. With AB 93, former Enterprise Zones and census tracts with the 25% highest unemployment and lowest income are eligible for this program - and much of the Antelope Valley qualifies. Employers in these areas paying $12 to $28 per hour will receive a hiring credit. Qualified employees would include many unemployed veterans, recipients of the Earned Income Tax Credit, and people who have been unemployed for at least six months.