(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) wrote Assembly Bill 935 to improve the lives of California’s veterans. Beginning on Veterans Day of 2015, AB 935 will allow a veteran to apply for a California driver’s license or ID card with a designation that clearly identifies the individual as a veteran. “California is home to the nation’s largest veteran population, nearly two million, yet almost one million have not been identified,” said Assemblymember Frazier. “Not only will AB 935 honor our state’s veterans, it will also play a critical role in improving access to resources, benefits and services for individuals who have served our country.” It’s estimated that AB 935 has the potential to bring California veterans over $750 million in direct federal benefits annually. Learn more in this Assembly Web Report.
(Los Angeles) –Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and a several members of the Assembly Democratic Caucus gathered at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles to take part in a special signing ceremony for Senate Bill 350, the landmark climate change legislation. Under SB 350 California will need to generate half of its electricity from renewable sources and double energy efficiency in homes, offices and factories by 2030. Among those joining the Speaker and Governor Jerry Brown for the signing ceremony were the author of SB 350, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, and Assemblymembers Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park); Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond); Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay); Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles); Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) and Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento). Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/speaker
(Sacramento) – A bill, authored by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton), to allow terminally-ill Californians to request a doctor’s prescription for medication to aid in dying passed a significant hurdle when it was approved by the State Assembly. “This issue is of immense importance to all Californians, and I was confident that the full Assembly, reflective of and responsive to the people it represents, would do the right thing and move us closer to making it possible for terminally-ill Californians to decide for themselves how to manage their last days,” Assemblymember Eggman said. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/eggman
(Sacramento) – The California State Assembly has approved landmark climate change legislation that will ensure a cleaner, healthier environment for our children and our grandchildren. Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) says SB 350 extends California’s renewable energy portfolio standard to 50-percent by 2030 and requires the doubling of our energy efficiency activities statewide by 2030. Speaker Atkins told her colleagues, “With SB 350 California is leading by example once again. It sets the course not only for our state but for the nation. And, quite frankly, for the world.” Here’s more from Speaker Atkins in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) – A new law, authored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), which guarantees at least three paid sick days to every California private sector employee took effect July 1, 2015. “For years, hardworking men and women fighting for decent working conditions told me paid sick days was what they were most excited about at work. So, when I had the opportunity to join the Assembly, passing a paid sick days law for Californians was at the top of my priority list,” Gonzalez said. California is the first state in the nation to pass such expansive paid sick days legislation. Under the new law all full-time, part-time, per diem, and temporary employees in California’s private sector will accrue at least one hour of paid sick leave for every thirty hours worked. Employers can limit the time off to 24 hours or three days. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) – With the passage of AB 1200, the California Assembly voted in favor of providing transparency on who influences state government spending. Assemblymember Rich Gordon (D- Menlo Park) authored the bill because he believes the public should have the ability to see who, if anyone is attempting to influence the procurement process and the spending of taxpayer dollars. In 2014, the State of California authorized over $11 billion in procurement contracts including spending on computers, vehicles and other items. AB 1200 would expand the definition of lobbying to include governmental procurement, thereby requiring those lobbying on procurement to report this aspect of their business. Learn more in this Assembly Access video.http://www.asmdc.org/gordon
(Sacramento) – California State Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer (D-South Los Angeles) along with his Legislative colleagues held a press conference to re-launch the largest-ever Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color or BMOC. Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer is co-chair of the committee along with Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland). Some of the goals of this new and improved committee include building on and implementing the policies and work of previous committees. This BMOC will also focus on housing, home ownership, LGBT issues and among other concerns facing BMOC. Watch this Assembly Access Video to hear Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer’s remarks at the press conference.
(Sacramento) –Assembly Bill 622 by Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D-West Covina) has passed the Assembly on a bipartisan 50-25 vote. AB 622 creates financial and civil penalties for employers who break the law, clarifies the “tentative non-confirmation” notification process for businesses and workers, and creates grounds to prohibit employers from verifying existing workers. “AB 622 is an overdue bill to protect immigrants in California,” Assemblymember Hernández stated. “Under federal regulations E-Verify should not be used on job applicants and existing workers, yet there are virtually no accountability measures or penalties in place for unscrupulous employers who abuse E-Verify.” Learn more about AB 622 in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) – The ongoing threat of cyber attacks prompted Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) to convene a joint hearing of two key Assembly Committees to examine the policy steps needed to ensure accountability and transparency by state government as it addresses cyber security. The Select Committee on Cybersecurity – chaired by Assemblymember Iriwn - and the Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection met to discuss tangible actions the state can take to secure its assets. “Cybersecurity is a national priority with critical importance in California,” said Assemblymember Irwin. “This committee will continue to work to accelerate the steps being taken to protect California from these cyber threats, and look for new solutions in a way that could serve as an example to other states and the nation as a whole.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/irwin
(Sacramento) – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) joined Governor Jerry Brown, Senate pro Tempore Kevin de Leon and GOP legislative leaders Senator Bob Huff and Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen for a state capitol news conference to announce new emergency drought legislation. “The drought isn’t letting up, so we can’t either,” said Speaker Atkins. “The steps the Assembly, Senate and Governor have worked on will deliver relief to Californians harmed by the drought and help us manage the significant problems the drought continues to cause.” Here’s more from the Speaker in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/speaker