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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.”
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.