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Speaker Pérez Hosts Public Viewing of the Stanley Cup

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(Sacramento) - Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) hosted a public viewing of The Stanley Cup, hockey’s top prize and the oldest trophy competed for by professional athletes in North America, at the State Capitol. Tim Leiweke, President and CEO, AEG and Governor, Los Angeles Kings; Luc Robitaille, Hockey Hall of Famer and President, Business Operations, Los Angeles Kings; and Mike Bolt, representing the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto and the “Keeper of the Cup,” were on hand for the ceremony. “Like countless other fans I am delighted to welcome hockey back this weekend, and I can think of no better way to usher in the season than to host our NHL Champion Los Angeles Kings as they publicly display this historic trophy,” Pérez said. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Speaker Pérez: Remembering the Victims of Newtown

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(Sacramento) – As the California State Assembly returned for the 2013/14 legislative session Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) called for a moment of reflection to remember the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. The Speaker said "We mourn the 20 children who were taken from their parents and their families at the beginning of a life filled with endless potential. We see the photos of their smiling faces, full of youth and vitality and happiness and our hearts break in sorrow." Here's more from Speaker Pérez in this Assembly Access video.

Legislature Approves Homeowners Bill of Rights

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Sacramento - Hundreds of thousands of Californians desperately trying to stay in their homes will now have significant new protections to avoid foreclosure under measures which have been passed by the full Assembly and Senate. The measures will now be sent to the Governor for his consideration. “The package approved by the Legislature is a major victory for California’s consumers,” said Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez. “We impose tough new regulations on banks and lenders to stop the abusive practices we’ve seen since the collapse of the housing market, and this package will bring relief to hundreds of thousands of California homeowners.” Here’s more from the Speaker in this Assembly Access video. Visit the Home Owners Bill of Rights website for more details. www.HomeOwnerBOR.org www.asmdc.org/speaker

Assembly Approves Middle Class Scholarship Legislation

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Sacramento - A measure to dramatically reduce the cost of a higher education in California, authored by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, has been approved on a bipartisan vote by the Assembly. Assembly Bill 1501 establishes the Middle Class Scholarship program (www.MiddleClassScholarship.com). The Speaker says passage of the Middle Class Scholarship Act will make college more affordable for middle class Californians, covering students whose family income is under $150,000 but over the amount allowed to qualify for most financial aid. The Middle Class Scholarship Act also includes Assembly Bill 1500, which closes the wasteful elective Single Sales Factor tax loophole that benefits out-of-state corporations and deposits the revenues into the Middle Class Scholarship Fund. The Assembly has not yet voted on AB 1500. Here’s more on AB 1501 from Speaker Pérez in this Assembly Access video. www.asmdc.org/speaker

Middle Class Scholarship Passes Committee on Bi-partisan Unanimous Vote

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Sacramento - College students from throughout California trekked to the State Capitol in Sacramento to join Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) for a hearing on the Middle Class Scholarship Act (www.MiddleClassScholarship.com), the Speaker's legislation to reduce the ever-increasing cost of a higher education in California. The Assembly Committee on Higher Education unanimously approved AB 1501, one of two pieces of legislation that make up the Middle Class Scholarship Act. The message the students and Speaker Pérez conveyed to the Committee: College is becoming unaffordable and inaccessible for too many students, and the Middle Class Scholarship will help reverse this dangerous trend. Here’s more in this Assembly Web Report. http://asmdc.org/speaker

Middle Class Scholarship Act Passes Assembly Higher Education Committee on Unanimous, Bipartisan Vote

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Sacramento - The Assembly Higher Education Committee has unanimously passed AB 1501, a bill authored by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) that will slash college fees by two-thirds for California’s middle class families. “The bipartisan approval of the Middle Class Scholarship Act (www.MiddleClassScholarship.com) by the Assembly Higher Education Committee is the first step towards restoring the promise of affordable and accessible higher education for California’s middle class families,” said Speaker Pérez. AB 1501 is one of two pieces of legislation that make up the Middle Class Scholarship Act, a plan to make college more affordable for middle class Californians, covering students whose family income is under $150,000 but over the amount allowed to qualify for financial aid. Here's more from the Speaker in this Assembly Access video. www.asmdc.org/speaker

Speaker John A. Pérez Addresses Thousands of Higher Education Supporters

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Sacramento - Speaker John A. Pérez spoke to thousands of students and higher education supporters at the Fund Our Future rally at the State Capitol, commending students for their leadership and highlighting the Middle Class Scholarship Act (www.MiddleClassScholarship.com). The act, authored by Speaker Pérez, would cut state college fees by two-thirds and give community colleges $150 million to increase affordability by closing a billion-dollar tax loophole that benefits out-of-state companies. Speaker Pérez told the huge crowd, "California made a promise, that every single person who worked hard in high school would have the opportunity to go to and make the most of their potential at a UC, CSU or Community College. That promise is not being kept when community colleges across California have drastic cutbacks, layoffs and fee hikes that force students out of the system. And that promise is not being kept when student fees have risen more than 100 percent at the UC and CSU." Here's more from the Speaker addressing the rally in this Assembly Access video. www.asmdc.org/speaker

Students Support Speaker's Middle Class Scholarship Plan

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Sacramento - California college students are struggling to deal with the rising cost of a higher education. That's why many are supporting the Middle Class Scholarship Act (www.MiddleClassScholarship.com), proposed by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez. It would cut the cost of attending a CSU or UC school by two-thirds. Sacramento television station KOVR focused on the Middle Class Scholarship proposal in a recent newscast. Watch their story in this Assembly Asset video. www.asmdc.org/speaker

Thousands of Students Rally for Higher Education

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Sacramento - Thousands of students converged in a park in Sacramento prior to a march to the State Capitol to rally for more funding for students attending California's CSU, UC and community colleges. Many of the students expressed their support for the Middle Class Scholarship Act (www.middleclassscholarship.com) proposed by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, which would close a tax loophole for out-of-state corporations in order to cut college fees by two-thirds. Among the many media outlets on hand for the march and rally were KXTV News 10. Here's their report in this Assembly Assets video. www.asmdc.org/speaker