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Welcome to my legislative website. It is an honor to have this opportunity to serve my community. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any comments, questions or concerns that you may have with the district—or with your state government.
As a proud product of UCLA, I benefited immensely from the diversity of backgrounds and opinions on campus during my time there. UCLA has to send a strong message against discrimination to make sure that all students there today can have the same positive experience I did. Please see my opinion editorial on this issue below.
Like many across the country, I was stunned to read reports concerning the February 10th meeting of the UCLA Undergraduate Students Association Council. At that meeting, several Council members explicitly stated reservations against confirming a candidate to the UCLA Judicial Board based on her Jewish religion. I was appalled upon reading statements such as, “Given that you are a Jewish student and very active in the Jewish community, how do you see yourself being able to maintain an unbiased view?” UCLA, an institution that educates our best and our brightest to become our future leaders, cannot let this stand. I call on UCLA’s administration to take more concrete steps to combat racism and discrimination on its campus.
AB 259 would require state agencies to provide identity theft mitigation services for 12 months to affected parties in the event of a data breach.
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (D-Encino) introduced legislation which will protect consumers in the event of a data breach at a state agency or department. A breach resulting in the release of social security or driver license numbers can lead to identity theft, forcing consumers to monitor their personal information for years to come.
“Whether it comes from the private or the public sector, a data breach can have serious detrimental effects for California’s consumers,” said Dababneh, Chair of the Assembly Banking and Finance Committee. “It is important that state agencies are held to the same standard as private entities when these incidents occur.”
AB 221 would allow the California Department of Motor Vehicles to develop a digital driver license mobile application subject to strict security requirements
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (D – Encino) has introduced legislation that would allow the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to develop a digital driver license mobile application that could be accessed on smart phones.
Assemblymember Dababneh stated, “California has always been at the forefront of digital innovation and last year passed legislation allowing individuals to access their automobile insurance on their smart phones. A digital driver license app is the logical next step and would be a further expansion of convenience and accessibility for California’s drivers.”
There might come a day when a cop asks to see your driver's license, and you simply whip out your cell phone and activate an app.
San Fernando Valley Assemblyman Matt Dababneh (D–Encino) this week introduced AB 221, legislation that would let the Department of Motor Vehicles develop a mobile application for a digital driver's license, which would be accessed via smartphone.
"California has always been at the forefront of digital innovation and last year passed legislation allowing individuals to access their automobile insurance on their smartphones," Dababneh said in a statement.
Thousands of healthy cats and dogs are euthanized each year after being used in animal research. AB 147 requires that healthy animals be offered for adoption after testing ends.
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (D – Encino) introduced legislation today that will help find homes for research laboratory cats and dogs. After introducing the legislation, Assemblymember Dababneh stated, “The Research Animal Adoption Bill is a simple but important proposal that will ensure the adoption of dogs and cats from educational research institutions if these animals are declared healthy and no longer useful for research purposes.”
Dababneh continued, “Current federal, state, and institutional policies and regulations provide protections for the animal’s life in the laboratory, but no guidelines exist on the treatment of the animal once the research has ended. Unfortunately, the standard operating procedure for many laboratories is to euthanize the animals, even if healthy and adoptable.”
(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Dababneh, Chair of the Assembly Banking and Finance Committee, praised the decision by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to cut annual insurance premiums from 1.35% to .85% on FHA backed mortgages. "California's first time home buyers need every advantage in their pursuit of homeownership," Dababneh stated. “Credit worthy borrowers should not be shut out of the mortgage market due to fees added on to safe mortgages.”
The FHA program is designed for first time borrowers who lack the necessary funds for a typical down payment. The FHA insures lenders in case of default on mortgages with down payments of as little as 3.5%. Borrowers must pay for the insurance premium for the life of the loan no matter how much equity may build up in the home. Estimates are that this change may save a typical borrower up to $1,000 per year on a $200,000 home.
(Sacramento) Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (D-Encino) issued this statement following Governor Jerry Brown’s inaugural address to the legislature.
"I applaud Governor Brown’s continued leadership and congratulate him as he begins his unprecedented fourth term as the Governor of California. I join the Governor in his call to build for the future while maintaining fiscal responsibility and am encouraged by his policy priorities for 2015.
(Los Angeles) Earlier this week, housing finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced plans to back mortgages with down payments as low as 3%, while taking measures to guard against lending practices like those that led to the subprime housing market crash.
“After years of loose credit requirements leading up to the housing market crisis, housing credit is now out of reach for many of our middle class families. Mortgage underwriting standards must protect borrowers and the housing market, but these standards should not be an obstacle to those who are otherwise credit-worthy,” stated Dababneh.
(Los Angeles) With a statewide prohibition on single use plastic bags slated to come into effect on July, 1 2015, local manufacturers of reusable and recycled bags are already gearing up to meet increased demand from retailers. This afternoon Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (D-Encino) toured the Command Packaging production facility in Vernon, CA and had the following remarks.
“This facility highlights how innovative high tech solutions in the private sector can be used to overcome our state’s biggest challenges. Command Packaging proves that through investing in the green economy our state will create new jobs and retain the jobs already here and stay competitive for years to come. The passage of SB 270 demonstrates that when the business community, environmental groups and labor organizations come together to lend their input good public policy can be achieved.”
(Los Angeles) Upon the conclusion of the 2013-2014 legislative year, Assemblymember Dababneh issued the following statement. “I thank my colleagues in the legislature, the Governor and all those that worked with my office this year to move our legislative package forward. We passed a number of important legislative measures that will improve lives both in the Valley and across California.”