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State Amphibian Declaration Bill by Assemblyman Pérez passes
(SACRAMENTO) – This morning, Sea View Elementary fifth-grade students Freedom Payne and Samantha Lambarena testified before the State Assembly Committee on Water, Parks & Wildlife in support of a bill they helped author, AB 2364 with State Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez to declare the California red-legged frog an official state symbol. The bill passed the committee on a vote of 8-0.
“It was exciting to testify, we really liked it,” said Samantha and Freedom. “We were a little nervous at first, but then once we started talking it was fine. The hearing went a lot faster than we thought it would. The whole experience was great.”
All pass with unanimous support today in policy committee
(SACRAMENTO) – Four bills by State Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez were approved today in the Assembly Committee on Public Safety, passing with unanimous support.
AB 2603 clarifies the state laws related to the handling of prescription medicines, specifically protecting the ability of authorized representatives – such as a family member or caregiver -- to legally pick up and transport a prescription medication on behalf of the prescription holder. This protects access to prescription medications for the ill, infirm, elderly, and those in rural/remote areas who rely on others to access the medications they need.
(SACRAMENTO) – Today, Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez issued the following statement on the news that the California Energy Commission has awarded Riverside County a renewable energy and conservation planning grant in the amount of $699,996:
I am pleased that Riverside and Imperial Counties were able to secure these very important renewable energy planning grants. The intent of my legislation that authorized the initial $7 million aimed to promote renewable energy development in the region, while protecting the natural features of our unique desert ecosystems. I want to thank Assemblymember Steve Fox, who joined with me in authoring legislation last year to extend the program, so that Riverside County -- which did not apply during the first round of funding -- could take advantage of the available money.
Supports restoration of Older Californians Act programs in 2014-15 budget
(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblyman Manuel Pérez submitted a request today to the Assembly Budget Subcommittee 1 on Health and Human Services for the restoration of funds for community-based services in the Older Californians Act and urging the subcommittee to take the matter up at its hearing on March 26. The full letter is attached, with an excerpt provided here:
Named 56th District's 2014 Woman of the Year
(SACRAMENTO) – This morning, State Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez welcomed Captain Laura Quattlebaum of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Indio Area to the State Capitol to honor her as the 56th Assembly District's 2014 Woman of the Year.
California is experiencing a serious drought. 2013 was the driest year in our state’s recorded history and reservoirs are below average. Almost 99% of California is considered abnormally dry or worse; almost two-thirds of the state is in extreme drought.
Governor Brown recently declared a statewide drought emergency and urged residents to reduce water consumption by 20%. Additionally, my colleagues in the State Assembly and I have worked to develop a water bond proposal for the November 2014 ballot. The bond includes funding for improving drinking water quality, protecting rivers and watersheds, improving the reliability of clean water delivery, protecting the state’s Delta water system, and funding storage projects that will protect us from future droughts. This bond proposal is a responsible approach to addressing California’s water crisis.
It’s imperative that we all work together to conserve California water. None of us can afford to waste it.
For detailed water conservation tips, visit www.saveourh2o.org. You can also contact my office at 760-342-8047 to learn more.
Expresses support for Salton Sea funding item in 2014 Legislative Platform
(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblyman Manuel Pérez has issued a letter that was read today before the County of Riverside Board of Supervisors. The letter conveys Pérez's support for the County's 2014 Legislative Platform, which includes as a priority the pursuit of federal funding for Salton Sea restoration. The full letter is attached, with an excerpt provided here:
Expands CVWD's Non-Potable Water Program to Homeowners Associations
(SACRAMENTO) – State Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez reports that he has introduced AB 1896, sponsored by the Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD), to help protect local drinking water resources. The bill expands the use of non-potable water to irrigate golf courses and other landscaping in the Valley's residential developments within the CVWD service area.
Ensures coverage of Doctor-patient telephone and email medical communications
(SACRAMENTO) – State Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez reports that he has introduced AB 1771, a bill which would ensure that non-urgent, doctor-patient telephone and electronic consultations are covered by health insurance.
(SACRAMENTO) – State Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez made the following statement in response to today's announcement of the closure of the National Beef plant in Brawley:
The announced closure of the National Beef plant in Brawley is extremely troubling news. My thoughts are with the many individuals and families impacted by this decision, who must be feeling quite distressed and fearful as they face the prospect of unemployment and its uncertainties. The closure will no doubt also have a ripple effect for the local and regional economy -- it's a painful blow for our communities still struggling to rebound from the recession. I am spending the afternoon in Brawley to meet with National Beef and city leaders to better understand the circumstances surrounding this decision and its ramifications. It goes without saying that I stand ready to work with the City and my state and federal counterparts to address the many challenges facing Brawley and the Imperial Valley region as a result of this unhappy turn of events.
National Beef Packing Company is one of the Imperial Valley's largest private employers, with approximately 1,300 employees. The plant's last day of production is expected to be April 4, 2014.