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.
Last week I welcomed into my office Michael Jackson, an impressive young man, constituent, and former foster youth. Michael is currently a community college student working hard on his goal of transferring to UC Berkeley. After spending a day with Michael and talking about his situation, it became clear that he faces many obstacles that I, and past generations of Californians, simply did not have to face in pursuing higher education. Unfortunately, this is all too common.
Like many community college students, Michael is forced to find available classes at multiple college campuses to get the credits required to transfer. Like so many students his age Michael is forced to work two jobs to pay for classes. This is a common story that I hear too often when I visit Pierce College and CSUN. In many cases students are forced to study one semester and then work the next to pay for their education. This is a large factor in why less than 20% of CSU students graduate within 4 years.
Measures would increase scope of penalties on counterfeit goods, and provide drug rehabilitation for California prisoners. Film Tax Credit makes its way to Senate.
(Sacramento) –The California Assembly approved two important bills by Assembly Member Matt Dababneh (D-Encino). The first, AB 2681, would make those convicted of selling counterfeit goods responsible for the taxes owed to the state for every transaction. The second measure, AB 2612, would alleviate barriers to treatment for California inmates who suffer from drug abuse, in order to keep them from re-offending. Assemblymember Dababneh also co-authored the Film Tax Credit, which also made its way to the Senate this week.
“The distribution and sale of counterfeit goods have negative impacts on our economy,” said Assemblymember Dababneh. “AB 2681 would simply hold convicted counterfeiters responsible for taxes owed on those goods. This bill is another way for the state to crack down on illegal activity and enhance deterrence.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (D-Encino) issued the following statement today after the California State Assembly passed AB 1839, a bill designed to increase the tax credits available for the film and television industries:
“Runaway production has become an instrumental problem, particularly in the San Fernando Valley. Fifteen years ago, California's share of the top 25 live-action films was 64 percent. Just last year, the share had dropped to just 8 percent. The Film Tax Credit is really about keeping one of our state's most significant and signature industries from leaving.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (D-Encino) issued the following statement today after the California State Assembly passed AB 2372, a bill that fixes a loophole in “change of ownership” property transactions:
“I am pleased to join with 56 of my colleagues, as well as with the California Business Roundtable, the California Chamber of Commerce, the California Business Properties Association and the California Tax Reform Association, in closing the change of ownership loophole. This bill will end the practice of evading property value reassessment when commercial property changes ownership. Many entities have dodged taxes over the last four decades by exploiting a loophole in our tax code. Because of this loophole, small businesses and homeowners have assumed an unfair burden of our state’s property taxes. I am pleased to join a coalition of diverse stakeholders including homeowners and business interests to protect the purpose of Proposition 13.