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SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Das Williams, D-Santa Barbara, has introduced AB 2247, a bill that requires all institutions that receive public funds to post accreditation documents on its institutional website.
“We rely on accreditation to ensure that institutions receiving taxpayer funds meet educational quality standards, but the substance of accreditation reviews are often hidden from the public. Institutions that receive public dollars should be accountable to the public, and relevant accreditation documents should be available for all to see,” Williams said.
Buildings could be future home of neighborhood community center
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Das Williams is celebrating the state Department of Finance’s decision to let Santa Barbara County retain three former Redevelopment Agency properties in Isla Vista.
The Department of Finance approved the Successor Agency (County of Santa Barbara) and Oversight Board’s Long Range Property Management Plan, which allows the buildings to be retained by the County of Santa Barbara.
“I spent part of my youth in Isla Vista, so saving these buildings was of extreme importance to me,” Williams, D-Santa Barbara said. “These properties belong in the hands of the County, and most importantly, the community members who use them. We can now work together to decide how these buildings work best for the community.”
Williams Introduces Bill To Improve Energy Efficiency In Construction
VENTURA – Assemblymember Das Williams has introduced AB 1918, a bill designed to better enforce rules for green building.
“Energy efficiency is a top priority in California,” said Assemblymember Das Williams, D-Santa Barbara. “We are recognized as leaders in the nation and we must continue to uphold that reputation by staying proactive and enforcing the laws we have.”
AB 1918 aims to develop ways to improve compliance with Title 24, which created energy efficiency standards for the installation of lighting, insulation, windows, heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems designed to reduce energy consumption.
AB 1789 Looks To Address Problems Associated With Dramatic Bee Declines
SACRAMENTO– Das Williams, D-Santa Barbara, has introduced a bill designed to protect bees and support the state’s food system.
One in three bites of food Americans eat rely on bees and scientists worry that bees are declining at an unprecedented rate, which poses a threat to backyard gardeners and agricultural operations alike. AB 1789 would set a timeline for the Department of Pesticide Regulation to determine whether the pesticide neonicotinoids are driving bee die-offs across the country.
California Humane Society Recognizes Williams For Pro-Animal Legislative Positions
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Das Williams scored the highest rating possible from the California Humane Society on its 2013 California Humane Scorecard.
Williams voted favorably on several key bills important to animal rights and protection. Williams authored AB 789, which prohibits wildlife trappers from using cruel methods of killing and reduces the size of body-crushing traps allowed for use on land.
“I was proud to author AB 789, which was signed into law by the governor,” Williams, D-Santa Barbara, said. “We have a shared responsibility to care for others, our environment and our pets and animals.”