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Gatto’s Bill to Create Yellow Alert, Apprehend Hit-and-Run Perps, Awaits Governor’s Signature – AB 8

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, the Calif. State Assembly approved legislation to reduce the number of hit-and-runs by a vote of 68-0, sending the bill to the Governor for his signature. AB 8, by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale), will establish a “Yellow Alert” system, allowing law-enforcement officials to engage drivers in identifying and apprehending

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Calif. Gov. Brown and Assemblyman Gatto Announce Participating California Agencies in Innovation Award

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today Calif. Governor Brown and Assemblyman Gatto (D-Glendale) announced the participating agencies of the California Innovation Award, established by Gatto’s AB 2138 in 2014, which awards a prize of up to $25,000 for Californians who provide intellectual property that solves a specific problem, innovates a process, or streamlines a system

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Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza Appointed to California Commission on Economic Development

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — California State Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), Chair of the Labor and Industrial Relations Committee announced today his appointment by Senate President pro Tem Kevin de Leon to the California Commission on Economic Development. “I am honored Senate President pro Tem Kevin de Leon appointed me to the California Commission on

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California Film Tax Credit Legislation is a Blockbuster Hit with Local Jobs – AB 1839

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ –- Today, the California Film Commission announced the first round of recipients for feature films and independent projects, bringing back jobs and revenue to California as promised by AB 1839, known as the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act of 2014. The film tax credit program was spearheaded

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Calif. State Assembly Approves SB 505 Requiring Voter Bill of Rights to be Written in Plain Language

SACRMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, the Calif. State Assembly approved SB 505 authored by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia). The bill will ensure that California’s Voter Bill of Rights and other election materials are provided to voters in plain, accessible and easily understandable language. SB 505 now goes to Governor Jerry Brown for his consideration.

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Gatto Proposes Calif. Bill to Label Food Irrigated with Contaminated Fracking Water – ABX2-14

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Some California crops are being irrigated with oil-field wastewater from hydraulic fracturing, (otherwise known as “fracking”), says Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale). It is being done under the banner of “water conservation,” but few consumers are aware of the potential health issues from consuming produce irrigated by contaminated water. Today, Gatto

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Calif. Governor Brown Signs Legislation on Aug. 11, 2015 including AB 143, SB 227

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Tuesday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that he has signed the following bills, including: AB 143 by Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) – Food facilities. ADDITIONAL BILLS SIGNED: • AB 220 by Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) – Pupil instruction: mathematics: algebra. • AB 223 by Assemblymember Brian Dahle

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SF Mayor Lee Announces $8.2 Million Federal Grant for Fire Department Hiring

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee recently announced the San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) was awarded an $8.2 million Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to hire 36 additional firefighters. “This new Federal funding invests in the growth and success

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Aug. 7, 2015 including Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Jeanne Scherer, 54, of Dixon, has been appointed chief counsel at the California Department of Transportation, where she has been acting chief counsel since 2014, deputy chief counsel since 2012 and has served in

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Gov. Brown Signs Bill to Remove the Term ‘Alien’ from California Labor Code : SB432

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Governor Jerry Brown today signed SB 432 by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), Chair of the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee. The bill modernizes outdated law by deleting the term “alien” from the California Labor Code, as a definition for an immigrant individual. The new law goes into effect

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SB212: Gov. Brown Signs Calif. Butane Hash Oil and Meth Manufacturing Legislation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — SB 212 authored by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) was signed by Governor Jerry Brown today. The bill addresses the proliferation of Butane Hash Oil (BHO) and methamphetamine manufacturing in residential neighborhoods by making it an aggravated felony to manufacture the drugs within close proximity to occupied residences and structures. The

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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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