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A bill expanding the conflict-of-interest rules governing the California Energy Commission (CEC) moved ahead today after a Senate Appropriations Committee vote.
AB 2661, by Assembly Member Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), takes existing prohibitions on utility employees who wish to serve on the CEC and applies them to employees of other independent power producers as well.
Assembly Member Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) issued the following statement on the death of St. Louis-area teenager Michael Brown:
“The tragic story of Michael Brown is another example of just why young men of color view law enforcement officers with suspicion at best, and fear at worst.
workforce, and justice policies.
August 7, 2014 – Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Steven Bradford (D-62), chair of the California Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color, announced today that he will introduce a bill to create a statewide, interagency taskforce to improve outcomes for California’s boys and young men of color, modeled after the federal taskforce created within the White House initiative, My Brother’s Keeper.
The new task force would consist of a 21-member advisory board and coordinate action across state agencies to follow recommendations in the Select Committee’s 2012-2018 action plan to improve outcomes for California’s boys and young men of color in the areas of health, education, employment, juvenile justice and youth development. The task force would also identify and prioritize bills aligned with the recommendations.
A bill requiring hit-and-run drivers to face justice will be heard in the Senate this week.
Current law requires a driver involved in a collision resulting in injury, death, or damage to property, to stop. A driver can be absolved of the crime if the victim of the collision appears before a court to settle the case.
AB 2673, by Assembly Member Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), eliminates that civil compromise loophole.
Assembly Member Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) issued the following statement on the lightning strike that hit Venice on Sunday afternoon:
“On Sunday afternoon a young life was tragically cut short, and several others were seriously injured by a freak lightning strike in Venice. My thoughts and prayers go out to the young man’s family, and everyone else affected by this tragedy.
A bill giving county boards of education extra time to process transfer requests was signed into law by Governor Jerry brown today.
The boards, facing difficulty meeting their statutory deadline to process their large numbers of requests, were given a timeline expanded to 40 calendar days. This expansion was scheduled to sunset after three years. This bill extends the sunset date to July 1, 2018.
A bill to encourage greater use of electric scooters and mopeds was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown today.
AB 2173, by Assembly Member Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), increases the horsepower limit on electric scooters and mopeds from 2 to 4, increasing their safety by enabling riders to keep up with street traffic.
Assembly Member Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) issued the following statement upon passage of the state budget:
"This weekend the Legislature convened in Sacramento to pass our fourth consecutive on-time budget. This budget reflects the values that Californians hold dear while improving our state's fiscal stability for the future.
"I am proud to vote for a budget that invests in education at all levels—from preschool to our world class colleges and universities—to ensure we have the workforce and citizenry necessary to compete in the 21st century.
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins and Assemblymember Steven Bradford praised President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative for releasing the Blueprint for Action Report, which detailed plans to help boys and men of color to succeed through education and mentorships.
“The Blueprint for Action released by President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Task Force contains several important steps to help boys and young men of color develop and thrive,” Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego) said. “It is particularly heartening to see that the Blueprint dovetails nicely with actions we’ve taken in California to increase educational opportunity and to offer second chances to troubled youth.”
The Assembly today approved reforms to the state’s Community Choice Aggregator (CCA) laws governing the creation of community power collectives.
AB 2145, by Assembly Member Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), provides consumers with better information about their power supply choices.