(Redondo Beach, CA) - Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance Chairman Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) called a special hearing in Redondo Beach to discuss the implementation of the Middle Class Scholarship. The Middle Class Scholarship was established to provide relief to tens of thousands of undergraduate students with family incomes up to $150,000. In its first year of implementation, $107 million was set aside for the Middle Class Scholarship but fewer students than originally anticipated applied to the program. That means there are millions of untapped financial aid dollars still available for middle class students! Assemblymember Muratsuchi says the California Student Aid Commission needs to revamp its outreach efforts and keep the registration open for students interested in applying for the Middle Class Scholarship. Here's more in this Assembly Access video.
(Torrance, CA) - Chair of the California State Assembly Select Committee on Aerospace, Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) recently met with aerospace industry stakeholders at Honeywell Aerospace in Torrance to discuss his plans to introduce legislation to create the California Aerospace Commission.
"For more than a century, California has been the capital of the aerospace industry and technology," said Assemblymember Muratsuchi. "But the industry faces many challenges, including federal budget reductions, tax and regulatory constraints and an aging workforce. To reinvigorate California's aerospace industry, we need to ensure that we are doing all we can to support aerospace innovation, investment and job creation. That is why it is critical that we create the California Aerospace Commission."
Watch this Assembly Access Video to see excerpts of the meeting and learn more.
(Torrance, CA) – Dozens of local veterans seeking employment attended the Veteran Career and Networking Conference, which was the culminating event of the Increasing Veteran Employment (iVet) program. The iVet program, hosted by the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) in collaboration with the Office of Assemblymember Muratsuchi, the Employment Development Department, and America ICARE, is the first of its kind and an innovative approach to solving veteran unemployment and workforce issues. Assemblymember Muratsuchi says, “This event is special because we are actually matching employers who want to hire to veterans who are looking for jobs. We’re like a match making service.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
(TORRANCE, CA) - Today, Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) led a delegation of state and local officials to meet with American Honda President and Chief Executive Officer Takuji Yamada at their Torrance headquarters. In attendance were Michael Rossi, Senior Advisor on Jobs and Business Development to Governor Jerry Brown, and Torrance Mayor Patrick Furey, among others.
Assemblymember Muratsuchi organized the visit as part of his ongoing efforts to work with South Bay employers and identify how the State of California can support their growth. Previously, Muratsuchi organized similar visits to South Bay companies such as Space X and Verengo Solar, out of which Muratsuchi identified and wrote new laws to improve the state's business climate.
Assembly Budget Subcommittee Chairman calls upon
California Student Aid Commission to improve outreach efforts
REDONDO BEACH, CA - Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), Chairman of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance, called upon the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) to improve their outreach efforts to encourage more students to apply for the newly-created Middle Class Scholarship program.
Assemblyman recognized for his leadership on supporting clean vehicle technology
The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers is pleased to name California Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) as its 2014 "California Legislator of the Year," and recognizes his bipartisan leadership to promote clean vehicle technology, incentivize California consumers to choose alternative fuel vehicles, and support jobs in the automobile manufacturing industry.
SACRAMENTO - Governor Jerry Brown signed fourteen bills authored by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) that the Legislature passed with bipartisan support during Muratsuchi’s first 2013-2014 legislative session.
“During my first term as an Assemblymember, I worked across party lines to fight for common sense priorities like a balanced budget, jobs, education, safe neighborhoods, and a healthy environment,” said Muratsuchi. “I am proud of my legislative accomplishments as a freshman Assemblymember, especially the new laws that I authored to help aerospace manufacturers and small businesses grow and create jobs, as well as laws to protect our children from bad teachers in the classroom, protect our privacy on the internet, and protect our beautiful California coast.”
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill (AB) 2039, by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) was signed today by Governor Jerry Brown.
“AB 2039 provides important consumer protections during real estate auctions,” said Assemblymember Muratsuchi. “We must strive for full transparency, ensuring that consumers are being treated fairly by auction companies.”
The new law will prohibit lenders and real estate auction companies from requiring homeowners and listing agents to indemnify them from responsibility for wrongdoing during real estate transactions. Additionally, this law will require online real estate auction companies to disclose any bid placed by the auction company on behalf of the seller.
The law will become effective January 1, 2015.
California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed several new bills into law designed to encourage the state's electric vehicle market.
Governor Signs Muratsuchi Bill to Increase Electric Vehicle Charging Station
SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 2565, authored by Assemblymember Muratsuchi (D–Torrance), a measure that will remove impediments to the installation of electric vehicle charging stations on private property.