SACRAMENTO – The Governor has signed 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.
“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.”
(Santa Paula, CA) – Health professionals and nutrition experts joined Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria) for a community health fair at the Santa Clara Boys and Girls Club to highlight healthy lifestyles. The event provided an opportunity for everyone in the community to access health services, learn about diet and exercise and learn about Covered California, the state’s health exchange. Assemblymember Williams said, “Remember healthy living is fun living and its long living, so stay active and eat healthy.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
Will You Be Prepared? When Disaster Hits
VENTURA— Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria) hosted an Emergency Preparedness Fair on Saturday, September 6th from 10:00AM – 2:00 PM. Many agencies and community organizations participated in the event designed to help prepare yourself, your family, and your pets in case of an emergency or natural disaster.
“We never know when, where or how an emergency or disaster will strike,” said Assemblymember Williams. “We had a reminder of that not so long ago with the Napa earthquake. The number one key to being able to move forward following such an incident is preparation before it happens. This is why we have gathered these valuable community resources, to help connect people and spur on pre-planning and community-wide preparedness.”
SACRAMENTO – Following months of work to identify state drought funding for a Lake Cachuma emergency pumping project, State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) and Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria) announced today that significant progress is being made. In a recent meeting Jackson and Williams had with leaders of the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) and the Department of Water Resources (DWR), these agencies indicated a funding announcement will likely be made in coming weeks.
“We know how critical this issue is to our district, and so we have and will continue to make it a top priority,” said Jackson. “We are pleased to have received word that funding agreements between the state and local agencies are likely to be completed within weeks. We look forward to continuing to work to ensure that this money gets into the hands of our local communities and local water agencies as soon as possible, given the extraordinary urgency of the Lake Cachuma situation. While it’s important that we continue to conserve water, it’s also vital that we ensure our residents have access to water in the midst of this historic drought.”
SACRAMENTO – The Assembly 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. Earlier today the Assembly Committee on Public Safety passed Assembly Bill (AB) 1014 with strong support. The bill is now headed to the Governor’s desk to be considered for a signature.
“As I learned more about the details of the incident, and that the family of the perpetrator of this violence had made an effort to alert law enforcement of possible danger, it was clear that the system was not equipped to take their input, and I viewed that as a fundamental flaw. AB 1014 addresses this flaw by providing an avenue for family members and loved ones to provide their input”, said Williams. “I ask Governor Brown to listen to the broad collation of supporters and families of the victims crying out for a means to keep our communities safe and to sign AB 1014.”
SACRAMENTO – The legislature has passed a bill authored by Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria), to eliminate the loophole that gives local governments recycling credit for landfilling trimmings and other green waste. Assembly Bill (AB) 1594 is now headed to the Governor’s desk to be considered for a signature.
“Despite California’s robust recycling infrastructure for traditional recyclables like bottles and cans, the state continues to landfill organic materials, like yard trimmings, at an alarming rate,” said Williams. “We need to stop incentivizing this polluting practice.”