SACRAMENTO – The Senate has passed a bill authored by Assemblymember Das Williams (D - Carpinteria) and Nancy Skinner (D - Berkeley), which would allow for the temporary removal of firearms from individuals who are at-risk for committing acts of violence. Assembly Bill (AB) 1014 is moving on to the Assembly for a hearing and full vote of the house before the end of the month.
“This is a huge success for our community,” said Williams. “The tragedy in Isla Vista is a horrific example of how our mental health laws and gun laws are not working together. This bill will help close the gap and provide the necessary legal tools to empower immediate family members and law enforcement to protect loved ones and the public from the dangers of gun violence.”
SACRAMENTO – The Asian & Pacific Islander (API) Legislative Caucus announces that it has elected Assemblymember Das Williams (D- Carpinteria) to serve as its new chair, starting September 1, 2014. Previously, Assemblymember Williams served as the vice chair for the API Legislative Caucus, and he will be the first Dutch-Indonesian American to serve in the position.
“It has truly been an honor to serve as the chair of the API Legislative Caucus these past two years,” said Assemblymember Paul Fong (D – San Jose), chair emeritus of the Caucus. “As vice chair of the Caucus, Assemblymember Williams played a vital role in our recent successes – together, we continued to build a pipeline of API leaders to make a difference in California, while working on policies that increase and improve access to services to the API community and all Californians. I am confident that, with Assemblymember Williams at the Caucus’ helm, the API community in California will thrive.”
August 26, 2014 - Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today called on California Governor Jerry Brown, State Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins to pass and enact Assembly Bill 1014, a bill to allow law enforcement officers or immediate family members to request a court order prohibiting a person who poses a danger to others from possessing a gun.
“When the mother of 22-year old Elliot Rodger saw signs that her son was dangerous, she could not prevent him, even temporarily, from possessing a gun,” Feinstein wrote in a letter. “AB 1014, authored by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, would give families the tools to take action under these and similar circumstances. I strongly believe this bill will help save lives by keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals.”
SACRAMENTO – The Legislature has passed a bill authored by Assemblymember Das Williams (D - Carpinteria), which would provide a timeline to the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) to complete its current reevaluation of neonicotinoid compounds. Assembly Bill (AB) 1789 is now headed to the Governor’s desk to be considered for a signature.
“One in three bites of food Americans eat relies on bees. Could you imagine if the bee population continues to decline at the current rate? The consequences of this decline would pose a threat to backyard gardens and agricultural operations alike,” said Williams.
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.