Los Angeles – Yesterday California Governor Jerry Brown signed the nation’s first law regulating the pet insurance industry. “AB 2056 is an important first step towards protecting consumers participating in a rapidly growing industry,” said Assemblymember Matt Dababneh. Within California’s $123 billion insurance economy the pet insurance market is expected to reach $750 million by next year. “By requiring standard disclosures for all pet insurance policies and including a 30 day free-look period for consumers, this bill allows pet owners to choose the most appropriate pet insurance product to fit their needs.”
“AB 2056 will add important consumer protections and transparency to the pet insurance industry. Many current policyholders do not have a clear statement of the coverage limits, benefit schedules, preexisting conditions and other limitations of their pet insurance policies. This often leads to receiving less for their claims than they expect, putting them at a financial risk. Pet owners must be able to accurately examine plans to choose whether they need pet insurance and, if so, what type.” Dababneh continued, “AB 2056 will help consumers limit their financial risk, while offering important protections that are currently absent from the pet insurance market.”
Los Angeles-- This afternoon Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 270 (Padilla–D) to prohibit single-use plastic bags in California. As a principal coauthor Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (D-Encino) stated, “I want to commend Governor Jerry Brown for his leadership in addressing the environmental impact of single use plastic bags. By signing SB 270 into law, Governor Brown is once again demonstrating that California is a leader in progressive environmental policy and I hope that other states will soon follow suit.”
Dababneh continued, “As an Assistant Majority Whip in the Assembly I am honored to have played a role in moving this bill forward and I think it is a great example of what can be achieved when the businesses community, environmental groups and labor unions work together on a common goal.”
Assembly Member Matt Dababneh (D-Encino) released the following statement regarding Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. signing an extension to the Film Tax Credit:
“I am proud to have coauthored this important and historic piece of legislation. California is the heart of the entertainment industry and by signing this bill our state sends a clear, bipartisan signal that California will fight to ensure jobs stay here in California.” Under the revised program yearly credits will be increased from $100 million to $330 million and the scope of eligible productions will also expanded.
This afternoon the California State Assembly passed SB 270 (Padilla–D), a bill coauthored by Assemblymember Dababneh (D-Encino) to prohibit single-use plastic bags. This measure is now headed to the Senate before the Sunday, August 31st legislative deadline.
Sacramento - Each year in California, more than 13 billion single-use plastic bags are handed out by retailers yet only 3% are recycled according to California's Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle). Before Los Angeles County disallowed the use of single-use plastic bags upwards of six billion plastic bags were being used in LA County alone, totaling 600 bags per person per year. Since the start of this year, the use of plastic bags has dramatically decreased; this measure has worked in LA County to reduce pollution and will work across the state.
“This bill is a historic step forward not just for California but also an example for a more sustainable world. I thank Assemblymember Dababneh for his effort to get this passed,” said Angela Sun who is the award-winning filmmaker and journalist behind the documentary, Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Upon passage of SB 270 Assemblymember Dababneh addressed the environmental impact of single-use plastic bags by noting, “Plastic bags cause litter, harm wildlife and endanger the environment, they jam machinery at recycling centers costing California millions dollars each year.
After weeks of negotiations and collaborative efforts, this evening, the California State Legislature passed a water bond for the November 2014 ballot. The $7.6 billion bond (SB 866) will replace the proposed $11.1 billion bond that was slated to be brought to voters this fall.
(Sacramento) - Upon passage of the bond, Assemblymember Dababneh noted, “this deal is a win for the San Fernando Valley and our state. By allocating $900 million to groundwater cleanup projects, I am optimistic that the San Fernando Basin will once again become a source of clean water for our region. While water conservation and storage are essential, utilizing the water we have beneath our feet is critical to ensuring that we have an adequate water supply during future droughts.”
“This measure will yield long-term solutions that increase the supply of drinking water, capture more stormwater, recycle water, conserve water, and help disadvantaged communities access clean water. The bond will also make available up to $100 million dollars for the LA River Restoration project, directly benefiting our community.” Dababneh continued, “I am confident that voters will see the benefits of this measure and approve the bond in November.”
On July 3, 2014, the California State Assembly passed House Resolution 45 by Assemblymember Dababneh in a unanimous vote. The resolution recognized a 23 year-old partnership between the National Guard and Ukraine: The California-Ukraine National Guard Partnership Program.
“I am honored to author a resolution that highlights how the California National Guard is helping partner nations reinforce military respect for civilian control, rule of law and create stable regions,” said Assemblymember Dababneh. He continued, “This strategic partnership has been in place for over 20 years and is a true testament to the professionalism and dedication of the California National Guard, its 22,900 soldiers and airmen currently in uniform, and the expertise they offer National Guard units abroad.”
This bill provides that where jurisdiction of a case in which the defendant has been placed on mandatory supervision or probation is transferred, the court in the transferring county shall determine the amount of restitution owed to the victim, unless the determination cannot be made in a reasonable amount of time.
“I am proud to announce that earlier this afternoon Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2645 into law. AB 2645 is my first piece of legislation to be signed into to law and it could not be any timelier. This piece of legislation requires that when a defendant who has been placed on mandatory supervision or probation is transferred, the court in the transferring county shall determine the amount of restitution owed to the victim, unless the determination cannot be made in a reasonable amount of time.
“This measure will protect victims from unnecessary hardship while restitution amounts are being determined by requiring that the amount be set before a court transfer can take place, except in special circumstances. Under current law a victim risks losing restitution if they cannot travel to the receiving county to pursue restitution in person. Victims should not be forced to deal with extensive delays, incur travel costs and spend time away from work and loved ones in order to get the restitution due to them as a victim of crime,” stated Assemblymember Dababneh.
By Matt Dababneh
California recently struggled through a decade of budgets that were months late and spent more than we could afford. Now, California has an on-time, balanced budget that pays off debt and saves money for a rainy day.
While this budget does not meet all of my goals, it sets a good foundation and makes smart investments that will help our economy continue to improve. This year’s fiscal plan is one that Californians can be proud of and will make a real difference for families here in the Valley.
California spending plan approves measures to allocate surplus revenue for a rainy day fund, pay down long term debt, continues property tax incentives for solar energy and appropriates additional funds for programs that benefit middle and lower-income Californians and students.
(Sacramento) – Assembly Member Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) has been sworn-in as the 69th Speaker of the California State Assembly, succeeding Assembly Member John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles). In naming her leadership team, Speaker Atkins appointed Assembly Member Matt Dababneh (D-Encino) as Assistant Majority Whip. Assemblymember Dababneh will now serve as the sixth-highest ranking officer of the Assembly.