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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.

Skinner Supported Emergency Drought Relief Bills Clear Assembly

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Sacramento - Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) joined a majority of her fellow Assemblymembers in support of critical drought relief legislation that will provide aid in the immediate and long term future for the entire state. Assemblymember Skinner, who carried the legislation as Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, said, “Since July 1st of 2013 San Francisco received just 5-point-85 inches of rain. Which is 35% or normal. Los Angeles, during the same period, only received one-point-two inches of rain. Which is less than 10-percent of normal.” Here’s more from Assemblymember Skinner in this Assemby Access video.

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of MLK

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(Sacramento) – California Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) led the State Assembly on January 21, 2014 in a special ceremony to mark Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. In his remarks during the ceremony, Speaker Pérez said, “A few weeks ago we paid tribute to another iconic fighter for justice, Nelson Mandela. And, that commemoration was a poignant reminder of the fact that the issues of justice and human dignity that Dr. King spent his life fighting for are universal.” Here’s more from Speaker Pérez in this Assembly Access video.     http://www.asmdc.org/speaker

Assembly Adjourns in Memory of Nelson Mandela

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(Sacramento) – As the California Assembly convened it’s 2014 session, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and his colleagues adjourned floor session in memory of the late President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. Speaker Pérez recalled how he and millions of others “felt a profound sense of loss and sorrow after the passing of a man whose life was spent serving the cause of justice.” The Speaker went on to talk about how Mandela’s imprisonment led to student protests at UC Berkeley and other campuses that led to divestiture of billions of dollars in investment from apartheid South Africa. Assemblymembers Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) and Cheryl Brown (D-San Bernardino) – as well as several other Assemblymembers - also spoke eloquently about the legacy of Mandela. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/speaker

Speaker Pérez Encourages Californians to Support Typhoon Relief Efforts

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(Sacramento) – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) joined Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), the first Filipino American elected to the California Legislature and Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) for a state capitol news conference to encourage Californians to support Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda relief efforts. “As Californians, we have had our share of natural disasters,” Speaker Pérez said, “and we understand how horrific the cost can be—not just in dollars and cents, but in human terms. The photos and news reports have shown the devastation… And as with other recent massive disasters in Haiti and Japan, the people of California have been eager to respond.” Speaker Pérez also announced that the Assembly website (asmdc.org) will help direct people to organizations helping to assist victims of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Speaker Pérez Legislation Signed By Governor Will Help Veterans

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(Sacramento) - Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. signed the Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act of 2014 by Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) during a ceremony in Los Angles. Assembly Bill 639 will give California voters in June 2014 the opportunity to repurpose already existing veteran housing funds for better housing options for today’s diverse and expanding veteran population. “I am proud of the actions that the Governor and the Legislature have taken this year to tackle veterans’ homelessness in our state,” Speaker Pérez said. “Veterans have devoted their lives to the protection of our country and it is absolutely unacceptable when they cannot afford a place for them and their families to sleep.” Here’s more from the Speaker in this Assembly Access video.

Speaker Pérez Says Higher Minimum Wage Makes Financial Sense for California

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(Sacramento) – California is seeing a promising economic recovery during the last two years. However, some Californians who have jobs cannot support their families because they only earn minimum wage, which is currently $8.00 an hour. California State Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) knows that a higher minimum wage will stimulate California’s growing economy and help struggling families. That’s why Speaker Pérez is in full support of Assembly Bill 10, authored by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas). AB 10 would raise California’s minimum wage to $9.00 an hour in July 2014, then to $10.00 an hour in January 2016. Speaker Pérez says now is the perfect time to raise our state’s minimum wage so more California families can reap the benefits of our state’s economic recovery.

“In the last year California has grown approximately one million jobs,” Speaker Pérez stated in a speech just prior to a successful Assembly Floor vote on AB 10. He continued, “Our revenue is coming in faster than all but one other state. We are growing jobs faster than any other state. And our recovery is happening faster than 44 other states.”

Speaker Pérez also noted that the other states that are currently doing better than California, have higher minimum wages. After successfully passing in both the Assembly and the Senate, AB 10 now heads to Governor Jerry Brown, who has stated his support for the bill. Learn more about AB 10 in this Assembly Access Video.  http://www.asmdc.org/speaker

Prison Agreement Will Avoid Early Release of Prisoners

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Sacramento - Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) joined the Governor and other legislative leaders for a brief news conference in the State Capitol to announce an agreement on prison legislation. Speaker Pérez said, “The legislation is modeled first and foremost on the governor’s proposal to avoid any release of prisoners and fully comply with the court order. We then modified the legislation to create opportunities for us to address any changes in the court order. There are two elements to modification--one could be extension and the other should be a reduction in the number of bodies they are asking us to find solutions for.” Here’s more from the Speaker in this Assembly Access video.