(Sacramento) – As the principal co-author of Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez’ legislation to establish a Veterans Workforce Development and Employment Office, Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) presented Assembly Bill 1268 to the Labor and Employment Committee. Assemblymember Muratsuchi pointed out recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports indicate that many veterans, especially younger veterans, women veterans, and members of the National Guard, experience significant difficulty and challenges finding employment. “AB 12-68,” Assemblymember Muratsuchi told the committee, “will integrate and coordinate the state's veteran workforce programs.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento, CA) – Today, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance met to discuss the Governor’s controversial Local Control Funding Formula. Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D- Torrance), a member of the committee, requested that the Legislative Analyst Office (LAO) propose alternatives to the formula to ensure that all school districts benefit under a new funding scheme. “We are going to work with the LAO to develop different scenarios that accommodate the different needs and interests of all school districts,” said Muratsuchi. Currently, California is ranked 49th in the nation in per pupil funding and the state needs to prioritize restoring funding to all schools that have been suffering from budget cuts.
(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Veterans Affairs, today was appointed to a new Military Advisory Council by Governor Jerry Brown.
"I would like to thank Governor Brown for his vision in establishing the Council and for this appointment,” said Assemblymember Muratsuchi. "I very much appreciate the support of Assembly Speaker Pérez in recommending me. This is a historic opportunity for California to take a proactive stance in this time of transition for the nation's military."
(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), Chair of the Select Committee on Aerospace, convened a hearing on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) recent call for applications to establish six sites within the United States for the testing and development of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), also known as drones. "Simply put, unmanned aircraft systems are the next big thing in the aerospace industry," said Muratsuchi. "The global UAS market has been valued at more than $94 billion over the next ten years." Here's more from Assemblymember Muratsuchi in this Assembly Access video.
Urges applicants to work together to bring FAA designation to California
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), Chair of the Select Committee on Aerospace, convened a hearing on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) recent call for applications to establish six sites within the United States for the testing and development of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), also known as drones.
“Simply put, unmanned aircraft systems are the next big thing in the aerospace industry,” said Muratsuchi. “The global UAS market has been valued at more than $94 billion over the next ten years. Potential civilian applications of UAS are numerous; including firefighting and disaster relief, search and rescue and other law enforcement uses, providing a vital tool for agriculture, as well as scientific research.”
March 13, 2013 (Sacramento, CA) – "All school districts have been hurting over the last several years, and we can all agree that the status quo is not acceptable. However, the Governor's Local Control Funding Formula disproportionately negatively impacts suburban school districts," said Assemblymember Muratsuchi (D-Torrance). After full implementation of the Governor's proposal, Torrance Unified School District and Manhattan Beach Unified School District would be receiving significantly less per student funding than the adjacent Los Angeles Unified School District. "We need to find a proposal that helps all school districts recover from the severe cuts, and bring California closer to the national average of funding education."
Remembering 71st Anniversary of Japanese American Internment
(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) today joined the entire California State Assembly in marking February 19 as a Day of Remembrance for the unconstitutional incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. The Assemblymember presented Assembly Concurrent Resolution 11 on the Assembly Floor to mark the 71st anniversary of 120,000 Japanese Americans that were forced into concentration camps in the United States. The resolution passed with unanimous support.
"The incarceration of Japanese Americans is a dark lesson from California's history," said Assemblymember Muratsuchi. "It is a mistake we must ensure never happens again."
(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) was appointed as the Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Aerospace, and as a member of the California State Coastal Conservancy by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez today.
"I am honored to be appointed to two positions that are crucial to the protection of our quality of life and to protecting and promoting quality jobs in the South Bay," said Assemblymember Muratsuchi. "As Chair of the Aerospace Committee, I will fight to protect California from military base closures that could be proposed in 2014. Further, I will work to improve the business climate for the Aerospace industry."
Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) introduces Assembly Concurrent Resolution 11 that would recognize a Day of Remembrance for the internment of Japanese Americans into camps during World War II.
Assemblymember Muratsuchi will present Assembly Concurrent Resolution 11, recognizing the Day of Remembrance, on the Assembly Floor on February 19, 2013.
Please join the Community Day of Remembrance event in Los Angeles on February 16, 2013, at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles (100 N Central Avenue Los Angeles, California 90012) at 2pm. There will be a discussion panel, a musical performance, and light refreshments will be served. The full program can be found here.
Language for Assembly Concurrent Resolution 11 can be found here.
February 11, 2013 (Sacramento, CA) – Outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced today that the Department of Defense will extend benefits to same-sex spouses of service members and unmarried partners of gay military troops – all previously denied by the Pentagon. The changes will include hospital visitation rights, childcare services and issuance of Military ID cards for on-base access.
“I applaud the Secretary of Defense’s decision,” said Assemblymember Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) in a statement. “Our service members have committed their lives to protect our country; it is only right to provide these benefits to all of our troops, regardless of their sexual orientation.”