Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, E-alert, May 13, 2011:
"I regard the availability of affordable health care to be a basic human right. Pricing people out of the market or hiking rates simply to pad corporate profits without any reasonable justification is unacceptable."
Assemblymember Holly Mitchell in reference to her legislation that updates the medical criteria used in many situations to qualify a child for transfer from an acute inpatient setting to a subacute care facility:
“I fight to protect the most vulnerable Californians from cuts in needed services. But I also look for ways to cut costs during this difficult budget season. AB 667 is a crucial measure that will save the state money.”
Assemblymember Betsy Butler (D-Marina Del Rey) responding to Governor Brown's State of the State address:
"Although daunting, it is refreshing to have a Governor give the facts and help Californians truly understand the challenges we face. He is providing a dose of realism that our state has been lacking. While the budget the Governor has presented is anything but rosy, I am encouraged that he has made education and green jobs a priority and I am hopeful that Californians will support those goals. As the Governor shared, we still have a lot to be optimistic about in California, but if we want to preserve what makes this state truly golden, it is going to take sacrifice and courage from all sides.”
Assemblymember Mary Salas on Ensuring the Protection of Children from Violent Sexual Predators:
"Chelsea's Law will do just that -- protect our kids. It will fix the flaws in the one-strike law that was passed two decades ago. It will fix the flaws that allowed a sexual predator to take the lives of two young girls in San Diego County -- Chelsea King and Amber Dubois. It will fix the flaws that have cost the lives of many children throughout our state. We can't afford to maintain the status quo. For most of these predators, there is no rehabilitation. We must put them away so that they no longer can threaten or harm our children."
Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal on California's Electric Car Revolution:
"We've got the cars, and we've got the drivers. Now we need to make sure we're going to have the outlets and charging stations to keep those cars running…I think real change is coming, and I want to know whether California is going to get in the driver's seat or just go along for the ride."
Assemblymember Jerry Hill on a Statewide Electronic Tracking System to Prevent Meth Production:
"This legislation [AB 1455] will fight domestic methamphetamine production and improve public safety while maintaining consumer access to important cold and allergy medications."
Assemblymember Paul Fong on Improving the Transfer Process Between Community College and Four-Year Universities:
"It is crucial that a seamless transfer process is created now to meet the future demands of California. We need to have one million additional college graduates by 2025, or all of California's industries are going to suffer, including technology, agriculture, and medicine, and we will fall short of meeting demands. Instead of keeping students stagnant when they are trying to transfer, we need to help them move forward into the direction they want."
Assemblymember Jim Beall on Governor's Budget Proposal:
"Here's my litmus test for any budget proposal: It has to be good for our economy. It has to create jobs or, at the least, protect them. Because of that, I view the Governor's package as ill-conceived and self-defeating. His cuts to CalWorks and IHSS have many adverse consequences."
Assemblymember Joan Buchanan on Reducing Influence of Placement Agents on State's Pension Funds:
"These transactions do not pass the smell test for ethical business conduct. The lack of transparency with the transactions of many placement agents undermines the fiscal integrity of our pension fund systems."
Assemblymember Sandre Swanson on Reducing Recidivism in State Prisons:
"Rehabilitation, which includes education, is a critical component to successfully transition ex-offenders back into society upon their release. Research shows that education plays a pivotal role in preventing a person from re-offending. It is incumbent upon our state to do all we can to help offenders become productive, tax-paying members of California, rather than a $49,000 a year burden on our prison system and state resources."