SACRAMENTO – The Legislature has passed a bill authored by Assemblymember Das Williams (D - Carpinteria), which would replace the currently mandated tuberculosis (TB) examination with a TB risk assessment and follow up TB exams, based on the results of that assessment. Assembly Bill (AB) 1667 is now headed to the Governor’s desk to be considered for a signature.
“By replacing the exam with a risk assessment and a follow up TB test, AB 1667 addresses two problems that California currently faces: False positives and shortages of TB tests,” said Williams. “My bill is consistent with guidelines from numerous expert bodies, including the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and will allow the tuberculosis control programs to work most effectively to detect and control tuberculosis in California.”
By Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria)
The Big Bang: an explosion in the dark giving way to a world of remarkable beauty, revolutionary ideas, and intelligent life. While this of course usually refers to the creation of the universe, it also accurately describes what happens to the human brain in its most early years.
Experts have determined that within the first five years of life, there is an outburst of activity and growth in the brain that stays with a person all throughout his or her life and which sets the stage for future learning. As early as three years old, the human brain has already reached 82 percent of its growth and 92 percent by age five.
SANTA PAULA — Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria), in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley, hosted the 2nd Annual Family Health Fair, which included free screenings for dental, glucose, blood pressure, vision, mammograms, and more. Informational booths provided attendees with education and enrollment for MediCal and Covered California, as well as information from county-wide agencies and other community organizations.
“I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to do regular health screenings,” Assemblymember Williams said. “For some, this may be the very first time they hear their cholesterol is high or that their vision isn’t the 20/20 they expected.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Das Williams (D – Carpinteria) released the following statement regarding the passage of the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014:
"While there are some aspects of the $7.5 billion bond that will not directly benefit Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, there are many pieces that will have significant impacts on our region:
A lush green lawn accompanied by a range of vibrant flowers in bloom and lofty trees overhead sounds like the beginning of an inviting dream. But there’s something wrong with this picture. No, it’s not that you’re missing a strawberry-flavored margarita and a hammock. … California is in its most severe drought in decades and that lush green lawn hurts our collective ability to save enough water for basic needs.
Eight months ago, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a statewide drought emergency and asked residents to cut water use by 20 percent. We have, however, fallen woefully short of this conservation goal. Many people continue to use water, as though there is no shortage.
Employers Rely on a Well-Educated Workforce
By Assemblymember Das Williams
The Public Policy Institute of California projects that by 2025 California will be one million baccalaureate degrees short of meeting the economic productivity demands of our economy. For the first time in recent history, California is on track to produce a generation that has a lower education attainment than their parents. The state’s direct enrollment rate from high school into four-year colleges is among the lowest in the nation, and although students who transfer from community colleges to the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) have high success rates, transfer rates are very low.
This is a serious wake-up call; we need to prioritize ongoing funding for higher education. The prosperity of our state depends on qualified and prepared individuals in our workforce. I believe it is the responsibility of our state government and higher education institutions to ensure college is both affordable and accessible to all qualified students. As chair of the Assembly Committee on Higher Education, I have made reinvesting in higher education a top priority, but more must be done.