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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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Gatto’s California Film Tax Credit Legislation is a Hit with the Motion Picture Production Industry

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, the California Film Commission announced that four major television productions will be relocating to California from out of state, bringing back the jobs and revenue as promised by AB 1839, known as the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act of 2014. The California Film Commission also

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Calif. Bill to Prevent Child Hunger Approved by State Senate: Increases Access to National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Calif. State Senate today approved a bill to address childhood hunger and improve access to the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs on a unanimous bipartisan vote of 38 to 0. SB 708, authored by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), a former elementary school teacher, will direct schools to make

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Calif. legislation to help increase the efficiency of Los Angeles freeway system passes Assembly – AB 210

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Glendale) legislation to help increase the efficiency of Los Angeles County’s freeway system, one of the nation’s most notoriously congested systems, passed the California State Assembly by a vote of 75-1 today. The bill, AB 210, will create a pilot project to help ease traffic congestion

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California State Senate Approves Legislation to Protect Consumers Using Home Sharing Services

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The California State Senate today approved SB 761 by Senator Isadore Hall, III (D – South Bay), which would require short-term rental companies to disclose on their website or mobile application that a tenant listing a room or unit for rent may be in violation of their lease and may

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Calif. Assemblyman Gatto and Crime Victims United Issue Statement Regarding AB 84 Being Held by Appropriations Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The following is a joint statement from Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) and Crime Victims United regarding the Assembly Appropriations Committee’s decision today to hold AB 84 in the suspense file: “Last December, the California Court of Appeal quietly struck down all of California’s DNA-testing laws, which are used to

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Calif. Bill to Protect California Kids in Day Camps Approved by State Senate – SB476

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Calif. State Senate today approved SB 476 authored by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), on a unanimous bipartisan vote of 39 to 0. 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 camps

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Calif. Bill to Keep Strangers from Using TV to Record Conversations Passes State Assembly – AB1116

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Imagine a television that records and transmits conversations in the privacy of your bedroom, asks Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale). Then imagine words meant to be heard only by your spouse being reviewed by strangers, to discern your personal tastes. This scenario sounds like something straight out of 1984, but

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Calif. Vaccinations Required for Day Care Center Workers Under Bill Approved by State Senate – SB792

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Calif. State Senate today approved SB 792 authored by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) on a bipartisan vote of 34 to 3. 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 be vaccinated against

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21st Century Cures: 50 Percent of Californians Will Get Cancer, This Legislation Could Help Them Survive

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today in Washington, D.C., U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) voted as a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee to approve “21st Century Cures,” legislation that will improve medical research and better target National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. The bill will help focus the use of

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Calif. Congressional Leaders Urge Gov. Brown, Legislative Leaders to Boost Denti-Cal in State Budget for 5 Million Children

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Led by Calif. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) and Congressman Jeff Denham (R-Turlock), 16 members of California’s delegation today urged Governor Jerry Brown and the state’s legislative leaders to “prioritize improvements to the Denti-Cal program in this year’s budget.” “For Denti-Cal to be a meaningful benefit, enrollees must have access

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Gatto Introduces Bill to Cut California Bureaucracy and Protect Water-Conscious Residents

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — When Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale), the principal co-author of last year’s California water bond and numerous water-efficiency bills, heard from KABC’s Elex Michaelson, and other news outlets, that cities in his district were fining his constituents for replacing water-intensive lawns with expensive and realistic looking synthetic grass, he decided

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Calif. Bill SB 505 Clears State Senate – Requires Voter Bill of Rights to be Written in Plain Language

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Calif. State Senate this week approved SB 505 authored by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) on a bipartisan vote. 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. The bill now goes to the

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Calif. Congressman Cardenas announces winner of 29th Congressional District Art Contest for 2015

PANORAMA CITY, Calif. /California Newswire/ — U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley, Calif.) on Tuesday announced the winner of the 29th Congressional District Art Contest for 2015. Kristina Andrada from Panorama City, who attends the Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences, took first prize at the first annual Congressional Art Show held last week.

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