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Speaker Pérez Encourages Everyone to Sign Up for Donate Life Program

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(Sacramento) -- Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) joined representatives from the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Donate Life program at a news conference to encourage everyone to sign up for the life saving organ donation program. Speaker Pérez says he's intimately familiar with the need for organ donation because his mother spent many years going through dialysis and, while spending time at the hospital with her, he met many people who benefited from organ donation. The Speaker says also realized the importance of organ donation when his father, who was an organ donor, died and he found solace in the fact others would be helped by his father even after his death. Here's more from the Speaker in this Assembly Access video.

Speaker Pérez, Business Leaders Praise Economic Growth Legislation

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(Sacramento) -- Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and 10 business leaders from across the state praised the 71-1 vote by the California Assembly to pass AB 113, legislation which will give an additional $2 million in funding to the Secretary of State as a critical first step in expediting the state's processing of business filings to no more than five business days by November 2013. The rapid action by the Assembly aims to reduce the backlog, which had been as high as 85 days. "Every day that a business owner must wait on paperwork to be processed is a day that they are not selling to customers, hiring workers, or contributing to our recovery," said Speaker Pérez. "No longer will new businesses need to wait weeks or even months for the simple paperwork to be processed in order to begin to hire employees, sign contracts, and open for business."

Assembly Passes Dr. Pan Bill to Implement Patient Protections

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Sacramento - The California State Assembly has passed legislation authored by Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) to ensure Californians who are struggling with an illness, sometimes called a pre-existing condition, will be able to purchase insurance coverage at reasonable rates, beginning January 1, 2014. “Today the Assembly has moved our state one step closer to making sure that people who become sick or injured are not denied health insurance,” said Dr. Pan, who chairs the Assembly Committee on Health. Assembly Bill 1x2 implements the federal Affordable Care Act goal of providing every American with quality, affordable health care by ending the denial of coverage for any reason, including any pre-existing conditions. Here’s more from Dr. Pan in this Assembly Access video.

Speaker Pérez Joins Forces with Legal Scholars Opposing Prop 8

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(Sacramento) - Today Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) joined with 22 legal scholars from across the nation to file an amicus brief in the case of Hollingsworth V. Perry, in opposition to Proposition 8, which took away equal marriage rights in the state of California. The brief states that Proposition 8 also eliminated the ability of those seeking equal marriage rights to pursue those rights through their elected representatives. Prop 8, says Speaker Pérez, “deprives a historically disadvantaged group – a group of which I am a member – of access to traditional representation in a representative democracy.  And that deprivation violates the Constitution.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Atkins Leads California Assembly in Call to Stop Sequestration Cuts

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Sacramento - Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) has authored Assembly Joint Resolution 14, calling upon Congress to avoid devastating sequester cuts that are due to go into effect unless the House, Senate and President can agree on an alternate deficit reduction plan. Sequestration, or across the board cuts of about 10%, would impact California particularly hard and would set the state's economic recovery back at a time when California is just beginning to recover from the recession. "Californians rightly expect our leaders in Washington to work together to resolve budget disagreements in a way that avoids the indiscriminate sledgehammer approach of sequestration," says Assemblymember Atkins. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Assembly Urges Congress to Sign the Violence Against Women Reauthorization

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(Sacramento) - The California State Assembly has approved Assembly Joint Resolution 8 by Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), urging Congress to pass the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. The VAWR gives necessary financial resources to programs designed to protect women and families from domestic violence. “This measure speaks to our understanding of justice,” said Speaker Pérez. One of our most important constitutional principles is that every person in our country must be protected fully and equally under the law.” Here’s more from the Speaker in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/speaker

Speaker Pérez Testifies on Behalf of AB1X-1, the Medi-Cal Expansion Bill

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(Sacramento) - Today Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) testified to the Assembly Health Committee on behalf of his bill, AB 1X-1, which expands the Medi-Cal program and will cover over 1 million low-income and uninsured Californians. The federal government will fund the health coverage expansion provided in the bill for the first three years and will continue to cover eventually 90 percent of the cost. Speaker Pérez told the Committee, "AB 1X-1 implements key provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act that provide health coverage for low-income individuals through the federal Medicaid program." Here's more in this Assembly Access video

Speaker Pérez, Bipartisan Group of Legislators Support Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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Sacramento - Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles), Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) and a bipartisan group of more than 20 legislators, met with the media to discuss their support for comprehensive immigration reform efforts at the federal level. Speaker Pérez praised Assemblymember Alejo for authoring Assembly Joint Resolution 3. AJR 3 calls on the President of the United States and members of Congress to take a comprehensive and workable approach to improving the nation’s immigration system using a specified set of principles. During the news conference the Speaker said, “This is one of the most important public policy challenges of our times, and we must act this year.” Here’s more from the Speaker in this Assembly Access video.

Presidente Pérez y un Grupo Bipartidario de Legisladores Respaldan Reforma de Inmigración Completa

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Sacramento - El presidente de la Asamblea John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles), junto al asambleísta Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) y un grupo bipartidario de más de 20 legisladores, sostuvieron un encuentro con los medios de comunicación para informar sobre su respaldo a los esfuerzos a la reforma de inmigración a nivel federal. El presidente Pérez elogió al asambleísta Alejo por ser el propulsor de la Resolución Conjunta de la Asamblea #3. AJR 3 hace un llamado al presidente de los Estados Unidos y miembros del Congreso a darle un enfoque completo y practico al sistema de inmigración de la nación usando un grupo de principios especificados de antemano. Durante la rueda de prensa el presidente Pérez declaró, “Este es uno de los desafíos de políticas públicas más importante de nuestros tiempos y debemos actuar este año.” Más sobre el presidente en este video de Assembly Access.

Speaker Pérez to Introduce Medi-Cal Expansion Legislation

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(Sacramento) – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) has announced legislation to build on California’s progress in implementing the Affordable Care Act by expanding Medi-Cal eligibility for Californians. The measure (AB1x1), which will be introduced in the Special Session on Healthcare announced by Governor Brown in his State of the State address, will further cement California as the national leader in healthcare reform. “California is the national leader on implementing Healthcare Reform, and I am pleased to be authoring this critical measure which will ensure more Californians have access to quality, affordable healthcare,” said Speaker Pérez. “By expanding Medi-Cal eligibility, we will ensure more than one million low-income Californians have quality healthcare, which will make significant federal funds available to California to help strengthen our overall economic recovery.” Here’s more from the Speaker in this Assembly Access video. www.asmdc.org/speaker