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Assemblymember Fox Tax Credit for Aerospace Industry Passes Assembly

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(Sacramento) – Legislation written by Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale) to create and retain aerospace industry jobs in California, and the Antelope Valley specifically, has been approved by the State Assembly. Assembly Bill 2389 passed with bipartisan support and now moves to the Senate for consideration. “California is open for business,” said Assemblymember Fox. “We want companies to come to California, but more importantly, we want our homegrown companies to stay and grow right here in the historic home of the aerospace industry.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Speaker Toni G. Atkins on Budget Signing

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(Sacramento) – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) said after the signing ceremony for the 2014-2015 state budget in San Diego, “For the first time in almost a decade we have a budget that actually includes investments that will make a lot of people’s lives brighter. With this budget that ensures stability and expands opportunity, we have the chance to put the Great Recession even further behind us. We have the chance to go even further in restoring California as the place that provides our kids with the best education and good jobs. And we have the chance to go even further in ensuring that the California Dream shines even brighter for everyone in the Golden State.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Mullin: Budget Balanced and On Time; Reduces Debt, Invests in Future

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Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo), Assistant Speaker Pro Tem and member of the Budget Committee, is feeling hopeful about the on-time, balanced budget approved by the State Legislature. Assemblymember Mullin says, “The key here is I think we’ve established a real balanced approach. We’re paying down debt. We are building up a reserve….we’re getting our fiscal house in order.” Assemblymember Mullin says he’s particularly pleased with the investment in affordable housing. The budget includes $100 million for various affordable housing programs. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Tony Gwynn was a Man Among Men

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(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) led the State Assembly in a special adjournment in the memory of baseball and San Diego legend Tony Gwynn following his death at the age of 54 from cancer. After reciting the incredibly extensive list of baseball and humanitarian awards that were bestowed upon Gwynn, Assemblymember Weber said of Gwynn, “And most importantly, Tony, of all things, was a gentleman. A first class gentleman in the classroom and on the fields.” Here’s more from Assemblymember Weber in this Assembly Access video.

Remembering Tony Gwynn

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(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) and the rest of the California State Assembly adjourned in the memory of baseball legend Tony Gwynn following his untimely death from cancer. Gwynn was 54 years old. Assemblymember Holden, who knew Gwynn during his high school years and as a classmate at San Diego State University, remembered Gwynn as much more than a baseball player, “The one word that I would say best describes Tony Gwynn is...loyal. He was a loyal teammate. He was a loyal friend. And he was a loyal husband.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Legislature Passes On-Time, Balanced California Budget

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(Sacramento) – Assembly Budget Committee Chair Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) is praising the passage of another balanced and on-time state budget. "This budget is balanced and on time, but most important, it makes investments in people's lives," said Assemblymember Skinner. "The budget is true to the Assembly's goals of ensuring fiscal stability, while making investments that benefit each and every Californian. The increased investments are the most significant in years and our budgetary actions pay down long-term state debt, contribute to the reserve and put California on solid fiscal footing."

Legislature Unanimously Passes Rainy Day Fund

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(Sacramento) - The California State Legislature has unanimously passed Assembly Constitutional Amendment 1 (Second Extraordinary Session), which replaces the current Rainy Day Fund on the November 2014 ballot. "A real Rainy Day Fund to end the cycle of boom and bust has been one of the cornerstones of the Assembly's efforts to ensure California's fiscal stability," said Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego). The author of the legislation, Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) says he's pleased with the bipartisan support for fiscal responsibility, "This is a strong proposal for the voters to consider, and I am very proud of the work we have done on a bipartisan basis to take another monumental step forward in making California a model for fiscal responsibility across the country." Here's more from Speaker Emeritus Pérez and other Assemblymembers in this Assembly Access video.

Remembering the Victims of the Armenian Genocide

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(Sacramento) – Speaker of the California State Assembly John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) spoke at length recently during a special ceremony in the State Assembly to commemorate the genocide of more than 1.5-million Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire in the early years of the 20th century and declare the week of April 20th as “Armenian Genocide Remembrance Week”.  The Speaker said, “Remembering and condemning the atrocities committed against the Armenians, and honoring the survivors as well as other victims of similar heinous conduct, we guard against repetition of such acts of genocide in the future.” Here’s more from the Speaker in this Assembly Access video.    http://www.asmdc.org/speaker

April is Donate Life Month in California

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(Sacramento) – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) authored Assembly Concurrent Resolution 125 to designate April 2014 as DMV/Donate Life Month in California and encourage Californians to become organ donors. During his remarks on the Assembly floor as the lawmakers took up the measure, Speaker Pérez said, “Tragically, because there are not enough organ donors to meet the ongoing needs for transplants, one-third of the patients on the California’s waiting list will not receive a lifesaving transplant.” Here’s more from the Speaker in this Assembly Access video.    http://www.asmdc.org/speaker

Earned Sick Days Bill Approved by Assembly Committee

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Sacramento - A bill authored by California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to guarantee employees in California can earn and use at least 3 sick days per year has been approved by the Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment. Assembly Bill 1522 aims to reduce the impact that illnesses have on the state’s working families as well as the health and safety of employees in the workplace. Assemblywoman Gonzalez said that providing employees with paid sick leave could reduce health care costs by allowing workers and their family members time to visit a primary care physician to address an illness rather than rushing to an emergency room to seek care due to their fear of missing work. AB 1522 will move on to the Assembly Committee on the Judiciary. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.