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AB 2845 Seeks to Stop Intimidation of Students in Public Schools
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill authored by Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria), designed to address potential bullying, harassment, and intimidation of Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, Sikh, and South Asian students.
AB 2845 requires the California Department of Education (CDE) to assess whether local educational agencies have provided information to certificated staff serving grades 7-12 on school site and community resources for students who are subject to discrimination and bullying based on actual or perceived religious affiliation.
State Legislature Approved AJR 43, which would tax carbon polluters
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria) will present California AJR 43 to the office of Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) on Oct. 5, calling on the U.S. Congress to enact a tax on carbon-based fossil fuels.
The resolution acknowledges thatgreenhouse gas emissions from human activities, including the burning of fossil fuels, are causing a rise in global temperatures, and it proposes a national revenue-neutral carbon tax to create market-based incentives to reduce emissions.
6th Annual Event Focuses on Emergency Preparedness for Various Natural Disasters
SANTA BARBARA—Assemblymember Das Williams (D – Carpinteria) will host the sixth annual Emergency Preparedness Fair on Saturday to help inform and empower residents to be better prepared in the event of a disaster.
This year’s event will feature presentations and displays from various first responder agencies and groups that specialize in emergency response preparedness. The media is invited to this event.
AB 1985 Aims To Improve Opportunities for Underserved Students
SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Das Williams’ bill to require California Community Colleges to develop a uniform policy for awarding general education credit for students who pass an Advanced Placement (AP) exam has been signed by the Governor.
AB 1985 requires the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) in conjunction with the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) to develop and adopt a uniform policy to award credit for general education courses to a student who passes an AP exam. Currently, AP Exam credit and placement policies vary throughout community colleges.
AB 1995 allows homeless students in good standing to shower at community colleges
SACRAMENTO — Students facing a housing or financial crisis will be able to shower at community colleges even if they are not enrolled in P.E. classes, beginning January 1.
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed AB 1995, a bill authored by Assemblyman Das Williams. The bill will require California Community College campuses to allow homeless students who are enrolled in coursework, have paid tuition fees, and are in good standing with the community college district, to take showers on campus.
Williams’ bill gives local agencies first option to purchase armory site
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill on Friday that will allow the city of Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Unified School District the first option to buy the National Guard Armory near the Santa Barbara Junior and High Schools in downtown Santa Barbara.
Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria), proposed AB 2247 to help local agencies acquire the building to expand programs for school, educational, and recreational activities. The location of the armory is an ideal spot for collaboration with the Boys and Girls Club, Ortega Park, Girls Inc. and other nearby services.