SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Das Williams (D - Carpinteria) applauds efforts to enforce water conservation in California. The State Water Resources Control Board has approved an emergency regulation to approve fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landscaping, and car washing.
“Our drought is such a threat that voluntary measures are not enough to protect our future. It is crucial that we all do our part to conserve California’s water. From fixing broken sprinklers, cease watering landscaping, to taking shorter showers, simple steps can go a long way. Many local water agencies offer conservation incentives, like irrigation control devices and help with landscaping,” said Williams.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Das Williams (D – Carpinteria) released the following statement regarding the joint hearing on the State Auditor’s findings on sexual assaults on college campuses. The hearing was hosted by the Assembly Committees on Higher Education and Joint Legislative Audits on Monday, June 30th.
“As a result of Monday’s hearing on campus sexual violence, I am deeply concerned for the safety of California’s college students. We must do more to prevent and respond more quickly to sexual harassment and sexual violence on our college and university campuses. I expect action from our state’s three public segments of higher education on three key areas: mandatory training for all postsecondary education employees, improved prevention and response education for students and harsher punishment for perpetrators, including expulsion. As Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, I am planning to call a follow-up hearing in 2015 so that our campuses can report back to the Legislature on their progress in these areas. If warranted, I am also prepared to pursue legislation if these concerns are unaddressed and progress is insufficient.
I am particularly interested in the idea that expulsions be used as a deterrent. These victims don’t just want counseling, they want justice.”
As colleges continue to grapple with the increasingly public issue of campus sexual violence, California lawmakers are weighing how to address a "rape culture" that some say has been overly tolerated by the state's public universities.
During a joint oversight hearing Monday afternoon, members of the Assembly Higher Education and Joint Legislative Audit committees questioned whether schools in the University of California and California State University systems need harsher punishments for perpetrators and greater legislative oversight to ensure they are complying with federal requirements to investigate and report incidents of sexual violence on their campuses.
SACRAMENTO – The Assembly has passed a Senate Bill 1272, co-authored by Assemblymember Das Williams (D - Carpinteria), that would advance the efforts to reverse the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission.
In 2010, The United States Supreme Court determined that the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution forbids the government from limiting political independent spending by corporations in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. In a Washington Post-ABC poll done that same year, 80 percent of Americans were reportedly opposed to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling.
Long before Elliot Rodger broke down and committed mass murder in Santa Barbara, people around him knew that he was psychologically troubled and possibly armed.
Former roommates in Isla Vista recalled overhearing his angry phone conversations and the repeated click of what sounded like a gun behind the door of his bedroom.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Das Williams (D – Carpinteria) has selected René Diets as the 2014 Veteran of the Year.
René Diets was born in Indonesia in 1924 of Dutch-Indonesian parentage. He was inducted into the Royal Dutch Navy prior to Pearl Harbor and was serving at a Naval Station in Surabaya on the Island of Java.