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SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria) today introduced Assembly Bill 741, which would ensure that mental health services for children and youth experiencing a crisis is available and accessible. Services include mobile crisis support teams, crisis intervention, crisis stabilization, crisis residential treatment, and rehabilitative mental health services. AB 741 is supported by the Steinberg Institute on Advancing Behavioral Health Policy and Leadership, the California Council of Community Mental Health Agencies, the California Alliance of Child and Family Services and the National Council for Behavioral Health.
“It is imperative that families have access to these critical mental health services and receive the necessary follow up support needed,” said Assemblymember Williams. “The absence of these effective services combined with the dwindling number of inpatient psychiatric facilities for children (less than 100 beds for children 11 years old and under) has created an urgent need for a comprehensive response.”
Assemblymembers Freddie Rodriguez and Das Williams introduced AB 510 to improve the location accuracy of 9-1-1 calls made from cellular phones. This bill would help to eliminate costly delays in receiving emergency medical care that can happen when a 9-1-1 call is placed from a cell phone.
“When someone calls 9-1-1, every second counts,” said Rodriguez. “It is alarming that, in an age where cell phones are so prevalent in our society, our 9-1-1 systems are not able to pinpoint a callers location. We need to fix our systems so no more lives are lost to senseless delays.”
SACRAMENTO — Assemblymembers Das Williams (D-Carpinteria) and Anthony Rendon
(D-Lakewood) today introduced Assembly Bill 645, which aims to help achieve Governor Jerry Brown’s climate change goals by implementing a renewable energy target of 50% by 2030.
California leads the nation in developing and implementing successful clean energy policies. The California Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) has been a tremendous success and we are now on target to achieve 33% renewable energy by 2020.
SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria) today introduced Assembly Bill 514, which would provide counties with more local control and discretion over fines imposed for violations of the County’s Land Use and Development Codes.
“AB 514 will promote greater compliance with County ordinances by enabling the local agency to impose appropriate and proportional fines, and ensure the County’s land use codes are enforced while keeping the local environment intact,” said Assemblymember Williams.
SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria) today introduced Assembly Bill 356, which would require groundwater monitoring near Class II injection wells in order to protect underground sources of drinking water from oil and gas wastewater disposal and enhanced oil recovery (EOR) treatments. The bill would provide the State Water Resources Control Board the authority to review groundwater monitoring plans as part of oil companies' permit application or notice of intent for injection wells.
“We cannot continue to jeopardize the quality of one of our most precious natural resources. My priority with this bill is the safety of Californians. We cannot gamble the quality of safe drinking water, especially when the state is experiencing the worst drought in nearly four decades,” said Assemblymember Williams.
SACRAMENTO–Assemblymember Das Williams (D – Carpinteria), immediate past Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee has announced plans to introduce a Campus Sexual Assault Legislative Package.
“Sexual violence is a devastating problem that impacts the lives of women, men, and children,” said Assemblymember Williams. “These crimes often go unreported on college campuses; in large part due to the victim's belief that authorities will not take action. We must ensure that our campuses are investigating crimes, prosecuting perpetrators, and providing support and resources to victims.”