SACRAMENTO – Speaker Toni G. Atkins’ Assembly Bill 1963, which would extend the date by which long range property management plans (LRPMPs) submitted by redevelopment successor agencies must be approved by the Department of Finance (DOF), has been signed by the Governor.
“AB 1963 extends the date by which long range property management plans submitted by redevelopment successor agencies must be approved by the Department of Finance,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “It is likely that the Department and local agencies will not be able to complete the approval process by the end of this year. I thank Governor Brown for signing this urgent bill.”
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement on the announcement by the Department of Finance that 2013-14 property tax revenues did not exceed projections, nullifying a budget trigger that would have provided an additional $100 million for UC and CSU:
“We are disappointed property tax revenues did not exceed projections. However, with General Fund revenues ending 2013-14 nearly $400 million above projections, the Assembly will introduce legislation in August to fund UC and CSU at the level we had hoped for when we passed the budget last month. This keeps our promise to students while still maintaining our fiscal responsibility. Higher Education funding remains a top priority for Assembly Democrats, and we will continue working for long term funding increases to ensure all our students have access to the world-class education our universities provide.”
CONTACT: Will Shuck (916) 319-2408
Website of Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins: http://asmdc.org/speaker
SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. today signed Assembly Bill 1623, legislation by Speaker Toni G. Atkins that would strengthen Family Justice Centers and increase privacy for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse.
“Victims are more likely to seek services if they know that they have the final say in how their information is used,” Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego) said. “Family Justice Centers are one-stop resource centers that are now serving over 14,000 victims each year. The most important first step in addressing abuse is to get the victim and any children involved into a safe and healthy situation. If a victim fears they might get in trouble for trying to escape an abusive environment, they are not likely to seek help. This is why the confidentiality provisions of AB 1623 are so important.”
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) has released the following statement regarding the death of former Assemblymember Ira Ruskin, who passed away on Thursday, July 3:
“As a member of the Assembly and as Mayor and City Councilmember of Redwood City, Ira Ruskin was known as the consummate public servant. His loss is not only a loss for his family and many friends, but for the entire State of California. In the Assembly Ira Ruskin was a leader on consumer issues, energy independence and protecting our coast. The leadership, intelligence and compassion Ira Ruskin brought to public service will be sorely missed. My Assembly colleagues and I send our thoughts and prayers to his wife, Cheryl, and to all their family and friends.”
CONTACT: Dave Sebeck (916) 319-2408
Website of Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins: www.asmdc.org/speaker
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins touts a bill that extends tax relief on forgiveness of mortgage debt by conforming state law to federal law passed the Assembly floor today on a 76-0 vote.
“California tax payers shouldn’t have to shoulder the burden of the collapse of the housing market,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “A debt forgiven by the lender is not a form of income that the state will collect on. This bill provides welcome relief for families that can’t afford to pay extra taxes on money they didn’t receive.”
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) today released the following statement on the passage of AB 2389, legislation that would help create and retain aerospace industry jobs in the state by providing a tax credit for California companies bidding on the federal Advanced Strategic Aircraft Program:
“Today the Legislature voted to bring badly needed jobs to our state by approving a tax credit for California aerospace companies bidding on the federal Advanced Strategic Aircraft Program or ASAP. AB 2389, described by the California Chamber of Commerce as a ‘job creator’ is one more sign that California is open for business. Under the provisions of AB 2389, if California’s aerospace industry secures the ASAP contract, this will help retain 3000 existing jobs and it will create 1100 direct jobs and 4700 indirect jobs statewide through subcontractor work.
SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Speaker Toni G. Atkins that would strengthen Family Justice Centers and increase privacy for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse is now on the Governor’s desk. Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr. now has 12 days to decide whether the bill will become law.
“Family Justice Centers are one-stop resource centers that have quickly become a best practice model in California and are now serving over 14,000 victims each year,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “The model works by bringing together all of our specialized resources in one location to provide better and more convenient services to victims and their children. I believe victims are more likely to seek services if they know that they have the final say in how their information is used.”
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding yesterday’s protest at Murrieta:
“Turning away buses of women and children who were simply going to be processed in a federal facility is shameful. I know immigration is an issue that can evoke great passion. But as Americans we should always remember to show our compassion, too. We are in the middle of a humanitarian crisis that has seen thousands of unaccompanied children cross our borders. There has also been a surge in families fleeing violence and extortion from gangs in Central America. This is a complex problem with many parts to resolve, but we must not forget that there are real human beings at the center of it.”
SACRAMENTO – A new streamlined process for obtaining a court-ordered legal change in California for transgender people who wish to change their gender or name on their birth certificate, will begin today. The first part of Assembly Bill 1121, by Speaker Toni G. Atkins, which required the court to grant a name change petition without a hearing if there are no objections, was signed by the Governor last October.
“This bill created a new administrative option for transgender people seeking to amend the gender and/or name on a California birth certificate, eliminating the unnecessary interim step of getting a court order before the State Registrar can change a birth certificate,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “This part of the new law will also remove the expensive and burdensome newspaper publication requirement for transgender people seeking legal name changes and would provide that a name change that is uncontested must be granted without a hearing.”
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.:
“The Supreme Court sacrificed justice and freedom today when it said that private business owners could impose their religious beliefs on their employees and deny women their constitutionally recognized right to comprehensive reproductive healthcare. Not only does this have serious implications for women's health, it also opens the door to employers who want to pick and choose how to treat their employees based upon religion. This is not the principle of religious freedom intended by those who founded our nation and it goes against American's belief in the right of everyone to be treated fairly and equally in the workplace. I am profoundly disturbed by today's ruling.”