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A Clear Message From Voters as New Democratic Assemblymembers Are Sworn Into Office

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(Sacramento) – A little pomp and circumstance before the real work begins, as 15 newly elected democrats are sworn-in as California State Assemblymembers at the State Capitol in Sacramento, retaining the democratic majority.  Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) led the special session of the State Assembly and praised the Assembly’s freshman class for the accomplishments and experience they possess to do the people’s business.  Speaker Atkins also tasked the new Members, as well as veteran Members of the Assembly, to take California to new heights.

“Although California is heading in the right direction, we still have a lot of work to do, from addressing the state’s drought, to improving our education system,” said Speaker Atkins.  “We’re ready to get to work.”

Watch this Assembly Web Report to hear more from Speaker Atkins and to learn more about California’s newest democratic Assemblymembers.

Speaker Atkins Plan: Reject Fee Hikes, Increase Funding for Higher Education

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Speaker Atkins Plan: Reject Fee Hikes, Increase Funding for Higher Education
(San Francisco) - Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) told the University of California Board of Regents it should reject proposed fee increases for in-state students and instead provide UC with additional state funding coupled with greater UC efficiencies, higher enrollment of California students, a cap on out-of-state-students and an accelerated, reasonable fee increase for out-of-state students in line with other universities. “The proposed fee increase of more than 25% is unacceptable—California students and their families have faced too many fee increases already,” said Speaker Atkins. Here’s more from the Speaker in this Assembly Access video.      http://www.asmdc.org/speaker

State Assembly Marks Women’s Equality Day

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(Sacramento) – The California State Assembly marked Women’s Equality Day with a powerful poetry reading  from Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego).  The lawmakers and visitors sat in awed silence as Assemblymember Weber presented the poetry of Sojourner Truth, Carolyn M. Rodgers, Langston Hughes, Mari Evans and  Maya Angelou.  She received a standing ovation when she concluded the reading. Women’s Equality Day was established in recognition of the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. Watch Assemblymember Weber’s presentation in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/weber

Lights! Camera! Film Tax Credit Deal Reached

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(Sacramento) – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) has announced an agreement has been reached with the Governor on legislation from Assemblymembers Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) and Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) to encourage film and television productions in California.  Assembly Bill 1839, the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act of 2014, will extend the state's film tax program by five additional years and increase it's allocation from an annual $100 million to $330 million. A few days earlier, a rally lead by Gatto and Bocanegra brought a large crowd to the state capitol. The behind-the-camera workers of the film and television industry transformed the State Capitol into a production studio, demonstrating to lawmakers and the public how the jobs that bring our favorite movies and television shows to life also boost the state’s economy. Director /Actor Carl Weathers – Apollo Creed in the Rocky movies – was also on hand.

Learn more in this Assembly Access video.

Water Conservation Through Drought-Tolerant Landscaping

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(Sacramento) - Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), landscaping and water use experts and their supporters gathered on the steps of the State Capitol to cheer the passage of Assembly Bill 2104, authored by Assemblywoman Gonzalez.  AB 2104 would allow homeowners in HOAs to reduce water usage through responsible landscaping without fear of fines. Assemblywoman Gonzalez says residential water conservation is one of the many steps Californians should take in the face of the current drought conditions throughout California. And, Assemblywoman Gonzalez says, “Drought-tolerant plants that homeowners can plant will save them water and money.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Speaker Atkins is Proud to Pass California’s New Water Bond Proposal for Voters to Consider

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(Sacramento) -  After months of wrangling and concentrated last minute negotiations, the California State Legislature has passed, and the Governor has signed “The Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014.”  Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) is proud of the all of the hard work that went into the crafting of this crucial $7.545 billion water bond, that makes necessary improvements to every aspect of California’s antiquated water system, while addressing the very urgent matter of the drought.

“In this bond we make the biggest investment in water storage in decades,” said Speaker Atkins.  “We make a major investment in ensuring clean, sustainable groundwater, and we make a major investment in our rivers, streams, and watersheds that will help with our water needs, and provide important environmental benefits as well.  With this bond we harness innovative technology, we anticipate the challenges that future droughts may pose, and we create jobs.”

The final fate of the water bond now rests in the hands of California’s voters, who will decide its outcome in the November 2014 election.  Watch this Assembly Access Video to learn more. http://www.asmdc.org/Speaker

Speaker Atkins Statement on Water Bond

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(Sacramento) – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) discusses a comprehensive water bond plan during a meeting with Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr., fellow lawmakers and a coalition of supportive stakeholders. “This bond will meet the state’s dire need at this time, it meets our budget, and it has the possibility to be passed by the voters,” she said. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/speaker

Honoring Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

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(Sacramento) – Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Veterans Affairs, joined a large gathering on the East steps of the State Capitol for a World Flag Ceremony and to honor a hero from the town of Winters, Private Rueben J. Lopez. A total of 193 flags were displayed, one for each country where a U.S. soldier has paid the ultimate price, during the ceremony. In August 2011, Private Lopez was one of five soldiers killed when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle in Afghanistan. Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva said, “Today, we recognize Private Lopez and present a resolution to his family to remember and appreciate the sacrifices he and all soldiers have done to protect our freedom, here and abroad.” IN a very moving tribute to her brother Renae Lopez read a letter Rueben had written while serving in Afghanistan. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. www.asmdc.org/quirk-silva

Assemblymember Muratsuchi, Solar Installers Gather at the State Capitol to Promote AB 2188

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(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) and dozens of solar industry workers gathered on the steps of the State Capitol to kick off Solar Lobby Day, jointly sponsored by The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC) and California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA). Assemblymember Muratsuchi said, “AB 2188, the Solar Permitting Efficiency Act, will create more solar jobs, contribute to California’s clean energy goals, and save homeowners money on their electricity bills. Today’s Solar Lobby Day epitomizes those objectives.” Assemblymember Muratsuchi’s district, Assembly District 66, is home to Verengo Solar which has grown 600% over the past 5 years and has added 1,000 new employees during that period. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. www.asmdc.org/muratsuchi

Bipartisan Coalition Calls for School Facilities Bond on November 2014 Ballot

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(Sacramento) - Assemblymembers Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) and Curt Hagman (R-Chino Hills) are leading a bipartisan group of co-authors and a broad coalition of supporters from around the state in urging the Governor to sign Assembly Bill (AB) 2235 to place a school facilities bond on the November 4, 2014 ballot. The last state bond for school construction was passed by the voters in 2006. The program has been out of new construction and modernization money for two years. At the same time local voters have passed bonds and developers have moved forward with projects, both depending on the state to live up to its part of the bargain and place a school bond on the November 2014 ballot. “The quality of school facilities makes a difference. Research demonstrates that clean air, natural light, regulated temperatures and quiet, safe learning environments can dramatically boost academic and social outcomes for children,” says Assemblymember Buchanan. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/buchanan