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.”
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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.”
SACRAMENTO – Children who have been sexually trafficked will gain access to more specialized services from county child welfare agencies, such as housing, healthcare, and mental health services under a provision of the 2014-2015 state budget.
“Too often, these children do not get the help they need,” said Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego). “We have a responsibility to help these children overcome their traumatic experiences and move forward with their lives.”
SACRAMENTO—Speaker Toni G. Atkins announced increased funding in this year’s state budget for CalEPA grants that help environmental justice.
“For the first time in almost a decade we have a budget that actually includes investments that will make a lot of people’s lives brighter,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “With this budget, we have the chance to go even further in ensuring that California shines even brighter for everyone in the Golden State.”
SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. yesterday signed Assembly Bill 2149 by Speaker Toni G. Atkins, which will exempt San Diego County from having to comply with standard contracting provisions and allow a competitive negotiated procurement process to contract for the Regional Communications System (RCS).
“Due to technology obsolescence and the need to support significant user growth, San Diego County must replace the RCS in the next few years,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “To ensure that the system can be selected that best meets the region’s diverse emergency communications requirements would be to procure the RCS contract through the solicitation of competitive proposals that would allow San Diego County to consider price, among other factors, in its selection.”