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Calif. Congressman Tony Cárdenas – Resolution: Stop Locking Kids In Cages to Die

SAN FERNANDO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley, Calif.) introduced a Congressional Resolution, calling on the United States to completely eliminate life sentences without the possibility of parole in juvenile cases. The resolution is a legislative companion to an opinion column authored by Cárdenas that will be published in

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Calif. Legislation Allowing First Responders to Jam and Take Down Drones Interfering with Fires, announced

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) and Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) introduced legislation to “help protect emergency responders engaged in their life-saving work.” Senate Bill 168 grants immunity to any emergency responder who damages an unmanned aircraft in the course of firefighting, air ambulance, or search-and-rescue operations. “Drone operators

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Congressman Cardenas calls on Calif. Reps to Push for Covered California Security in light of Anthem Breach

SAN FERNANDO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, following his work in the San Fernando Valley that saw more than 1,000 area families enrolled in health insurance, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley, Calif.) called on the State of California to ensure those families’ identities are protected. Cárdenas, a member of the Health Subcommittee of the

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Calif. Bill to Protect Children in Day Camps Approved by Assembly Health Committee – SB 476

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Assembly Health Committee last week approved SB 476 authored by Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), on a bipartisan vote of 15 to 2. The bill will protect the well-being of California’s children by ensuring that day camps in the state are held to the same high standards as resident

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Calif. Bill to Keep Strangers from Using Your TV to Record Private Conversations Passes Senate Judiciary

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale), joined by members of the Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection, has authored AB 1116, a bill that would protect Californians from voice-recognition features that surreptitiously record private conversations in the home. The measure to keep television manufacturers and third-party providers from secretly tuning-in

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Gatto Revives Legislation to Overhaul Calif. DNA Testing Regime

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Could thousands of rapes and murders go unsolved in California because of problems with a ballot initiative? asks Assemblyman Mike Gatto. Unfortunately, yes. If the California Supreme Court upholds a lower court decision, California’s DNA testing law could be thrown out. The Senate Public Safety Committee voted 7-0 to pass

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Gatto’s Bill to Create Calif. Yellow Alert, Apprehend Hit-and-Run Drivers Passes Senate Public Safety Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, the Calif. Senate Public Safety Committee passed legislation to reduce the number of hit-and-runs on a 7-0 vote. AB 8 by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) will institute the “Yellow Alert” system, allowing law-enforcement officials to engage drivers in helping identify and apprehend hit-and-run drivers. The bill will permit law-enforcement

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Calif. Conflict of Interest Bill Clears Key Assembly Committees – SB330

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — A bill to restore public trust and accountability in government by strengthening California’s conflict of interest laws was approved on Wednesday by the Calif. Assembly Committee on Elections and Redistricting and the Assembly Committee on Local Government on bipartisan votes. SB 330, authored by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), strengthens the

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Two Important California Oil Spill-Related Bills Clear Key Assembly Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Two bills introduced by Calif. State Senator Hannah Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) in the wake of the Refugio oil spill in Santa Barbara County in May have won key votes in the Assembly Government Organizations committee on Wednesday. Senate Bill 295, designed to reduce the risk of oil spills from

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Calif. Day Care Center Worker Vaccination Bill Approved by Assembly Human Services Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Calif. Assembly Committee on Human Services yesterday approved SB 792 authored by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) on a bipartisan vote of 15 to 2. The bill will protect California children in day care from contracting serious diseases by requiring family day care home and day care center workers to

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Gatto’s Bill to Protect Water-Conscious Calif. Residents from Gov. Fines Passes Key Senate Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — In some California cities, including the city of Glendale, residents are prohibited from installing synthetic grass or artificial turf to reduce water consumption. When Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale), the principal co-author of last year’s California Water Bond and numerous other water-efficiency bills, heard from KABC’s Elex Michaelson that cities in

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Gov. Brown Signs Gatto Bill Granting Children Access to Ailing Parents – AB 1085

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Glendale) legislation to provide access for adult children who wish to visit an ailing parent was signed into law by Governor Brown, culminating almost two-year’s worth of work on this issue. The legislation, AB 1085, will provide legal recourse for children who are denied access

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Calif. Senator Isadore Hall Introduces Measure Calling on California to Divest from Donald Trump

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Senator Isadore Hall, III (D – South Bay) introduced Senate Resolution 39 (Hall) that publicly condemns Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump and Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz for their recent racist remarks against immigrant families and calls upon the State of California to divest any business relationships with

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Calif. Bill to Create Yellow Alert, Apprehend Hit-and-Run Perpetrators Passes Senate Transportation Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — It was a close call, says Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale). After surviving a “no” recommendation from the chair and some strong lobbying efforts against AB 8, the Calif. Senate Transportation and Housing Committee passed legislation to reduce the number of hit-and-runs on an 11-0 vote. The legislation by Gatto will

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California Vaccinations Required for Day Care Center Workers Under Bill Approved by Assembly Health Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Tuesday, the Calif. Assembly Committee on Health approved SB 792 authored by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) on a bipartisan vote of 17 to 1. The bill will protect California children in day care from contracting serious diseases by requiring family day care home and day care center workers to

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Calif. Congressman Tony Cardenas Applauds SCOTUS Ruling on Affordable Care Act Subsidies

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Following the 6-3 ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States, supporting the use of Affordable Care Act subsidies for insurance customers throughout the United States, U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley, Calif.), a member of the Health Subcommittee of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, issued this

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With American Worker Mobility Act, Calif. Congressman Cárdenas Continues Fight to Help Long-Term Unemployed Americans

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Yesterday, in Washington, D.C., U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley, Calif.) continued his commitment to ending long-term unemployment in the United States, by reintroducing legislation that would allow American workers to go where the jobs are. Cárdenas, a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, introduced the

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Senator Isadore Hall Calls upon South Carolina to Follow Calif. Lead: Remove Confederate Flags from Govt. Buildings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Senator Isadore Hall, III (D – South Bay) today called upon political leaders in South Carolina and any other states that publicly display the Confederate flag on government property to remove them immediately. The Confederate flag is a symbol of racism, exclusion, oppression and violence towards many Americans. Its

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Calif. Jobs on the Rise: $1 Million Tax Credit Awarded to Paramount’s Weber Metals to Grow Staff

PARAMOUNT, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblyman Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) announced the award of a $1 million tax credit to Paramount-based Weber Metals, Inc. With the support of the tax credit, Weber Metals will add 26 new full-time employees through the California Competes Tax Credit program. “It is critical that California stay competitive in

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Calif. Black License Plates Return: DMV Now Processing Iconic Plates for Legacy Plate Program Created by Assemblyman Gatto

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — In 2012, when Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) introduced AB 1658 to create the California Legacy License Plate Program, he wanted to do something nice for those who preserve California’s classic-car heritage. Such enthusiasts often view Sacramento as the source of pesky regulations. But even peskier is the fact that after

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Calif. Congressman Tony Cárdenas introduces Protecting Youth from Solitary Confinement Act

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today in Washington, D.C., U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley), who co-author of the landmark Schiff-Cárdenas Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act of 2000 in California, introduced the “Protecting Youth from Solitary Confinement Act,” to reform the incarceration and confinement of juveniles in the United States. The Protecting Youth from

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Calif. Gov. Brown Reaches 2015-16 Budget Agreement with Legislative Leaders, Calls Special Sessions to Fix HealthCare Financing

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced a budget agreement with Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, consistent with prudent May Revision revenue estimates, that saves billions of dollars and pays down debt, while directing more resources to schools and low-income Californians. Governor

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Calif. Gov. Brown, Top U.N. Official Call for Action at Every Level on Climate Change

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Monday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. welcomed the United Nations’ top climate change official, Christiana Figueres, to Los Angeles, where they convened half a dozen leading scientists to discuss climate impacts in the Golden State – and beyond – and the need for swift, decisive action at

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Calif. Senator Mendoza Issues Statement on Passage of 2015-16 State Budget Today

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), Chair of the Senate Labor & Industrial Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Legislature’s approval of the 2015-16 state budget today: “I am pleased that the Legislature met its constitutional deadline approving and sending to the Governor a balanced 2015-16 state budget for

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Calif. Public Utilities Commission Reform Legislation Passes Assembly – AB 825

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Calif. State Assembly on Wednesday unanimously approved Assembly Bill 825 by Assemblyman Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) to bring increased transparency and independent oversight to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). “Newspaper headlines on a near daily basis have exposed controversies within the CPUC and highlight the pressing need for transparency

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for June 3, 2015 including to California Native American Heritage Commission

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Jacque Roberts, 35, of West Sacramento, has been appointed senior advisor at the California Department of General Services. Roberts has served as a deputy legislative affairs secretary in the Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. since 2011.

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Calif. Butane Hash Oil and Meth Manufacturing Target of Legislation Approved by State Senate

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, the Calif. State Senate approved SB 212 authored by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) on a unanimous bipartisan vote of 40 to 0. The bill will address the proliferation of Butane Hash Oil (BHO) and methamphetamine manufacturing in residential neighborhoods by making it an aggravated felony to manufacture the drugs

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Bill to Protect the Genetic Profiles of Californians Clears Assembly Floor – AB 170

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — A closely watched bill by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) to strengthen notice requirements for the storage of newborn blood samples passed the California State Assembly by a vote of 55-9. The legislation, AB 170, will ensure parents are fully informed of their rights when it comes to the retention, storage

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Calif. Conflict of Interest Bill Approved by State Senate to Help Prevent Corruption in Government Contracting

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — A bill to restore public trust and accountability in government by strengthening California’s conflict of interest laws was approved this week by the State Senate on a unanimous bipartisan vote of 37 to 0. SB 330 authored by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), would define what family relationships would constitute a

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Onsite-Water Recycling Practices: Recycled-Water Bill Passes Assembly as California Drought Lingers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — California is in the midst of a historic drought, and Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) has continued his focus on delivering new sources of clean water. Gatto’s legislation to help reduce the barriers for onsite-water recycling and allow more Californians to participate in safe and sustainable recycled-water practices was approved by

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