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Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Legislation To Protect California’s Hard-Working Immigrants

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed a package of bills to enhance housing, school, workplace and civil protections for California’s immigrants. “This action protects public safety and ensures hard-working people who contribute to our state are respected,” said Governor Brown. NOTICE: The news story Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Legislation […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Legislative Updates, Bills Signed into Law, for Sept. 26-28, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — This week, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that he has signed the following bills, including: AB 184 by Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park) – Sea level rise planning: database, and AB 333 by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) – State Highway Route 185: relinquishment: County of Alameda. NOTICE: […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Signs Legislative Package to Address Housing Crisis, including AB678

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Brown signed a package of housing bills that will provide a combined $4 billion in funding for affordable housing from bond sales, document recording fees and to red tape during the development project approval process. Included in the package is Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra’s (D-Pacoima) Assembly Bill 678. […]

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Calif. State Legislature Approves Bill to Fix Unemployment Crisis for Classified School Employees – AB 621

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Thursday, the California State Assembly sent to the Governor legislation by Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) that will provide vital financial assistance to more than 284,000 classified school employees in California who live paycheck to paycheck. Assemblymember Bocanegra introduced the legislation to bridge the financial burden that classified employees face […]

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Calif. Measure to Ensure Fairness in the Election Process Approved by the Legislature – SB 45

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) today announced the passage of Senate Bill 45 (SB 45). The measure, which will ensure fairness in elections throughout California, passed the Senate Floor on the special consent calendar with bipartisan support and no opposition NOTICE: The news story Calif. Measure to Ensure Fairness in […]

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In California, Late Rock n’ Roll Legend Ritchie Valens Gets Highway Designation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, California approved Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra’s (D-Pacoima) ACR 23, officially naming a portion of Interstate 5 between State Route 170 and State Route 118 in the northeast San Fernando Valley after rock and roll icon Ritchie Valens. NOTICE: The news story In California, Late Rock n’ Roll Legend Ritchie Valens […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Signs Bocanegra Bill to Reduce Railroad Fatalities – AB 695

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra’s (D-Pacoima) legislation to improve safety at railroad crossings for pedestrians and motorists was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. AB 695 would require safety arms to lower and vehicles to stop at a safe distance whenever railroad equipment passes through a crossing. The news story […]

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Calif. Senator Mendoza Announces SCA 12 Constitutional Amendment Passes Key Committee Vote

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) announced the passage of Senate Constitutional Amendment 12 (SCA 12) today. The measure, which will update the rules and guidelines in the California Constitution regarding County governance, passed through the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee with a bipartisan vote of 4-1. The news story […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Assemblymember Bocanegra’s Bill to Curb Illegal Dumping – AB 332

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra’s (D-Pacoima) measure to crack down on illegal dumping on city streets was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown today. AB 332 would allow local municipalities to pass ordinances to close streets and roads where excessive illegal dumping occurs. The news story Calif. Gov. Brown Signs […]

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Calif. Legislation to Repeal Anti-Immigrant Provisions in Prop. 187 Passes Senate Committee – AB 222

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Calif. Senate Public Safety Committee voted 5-2 to repeal anti-immigrant sections of the California Penal Code, enacted in 1994 as part of Proposition 187 to fight the perceived ills of illegal immigration and unfairly punish undocumented immigrants in California. Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra’s (D-Pacoima) AB 222 would place a measure […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Improved Nursing Home Care Standards into Law After Being Outdated for Nearly 20 Years

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — For nearly two decades nursing home workers have taken care of patients with inadequate care standards that put the elderly and those with disabilities at risk of injuries, falls, or insufficient supervision. Today, Governor Jerry Brown changed that by allocating monies in the final budget that would allow for the […]

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CA Legislation to Repeal Anti-Immigrant Provisions in Prop. 187 Approved by Calif. State Assembly

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Calif. State Assembly voted 54-21 to approve legislation to bring equity to California’s criminal justice laws, by ensuring the use and manufacturing of false immigration documents carries the same penalties as the use and production of a fake driver’s license. Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra’s (D-Pacoima) AB 222 requires California voters […]

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Calif. Asm. Frazier Passes Environmental and Lifestyle Bill Package to California Senate

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D – Discovery Bay) passed his remaining bills from the Assembly Floor leading up to today’s House of Origin deadline. Ten of his bills were brought up for a vote this week, passed and now head to the Senate. The news story Calif. Asm. Frazier […]

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Bill to Address California’s 2017 Teacher Shortage Receives Passing Grade – AB 1217

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Calif. State Assembly voted 77-0 to approve Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra’s (D-Pacoima) legislation to establish a teacher residency program that will address the state’s dire need for high-quality special education, bilingual, math, and science teachers. The California Teacher Corps Act of 2017, AB 1217, would provide a resident teacher with […]

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Calif. Assembly Approves McCarty Legislation to Ban For-Profit Charter Schools in California – AB406

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The California State Assembly has approved AB 406 by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), which would prohibit for-profit corporations from managing and operating charter schools in the state. The measure was approved on a 48 to 23 vote. The news story Calif. Assembly Approves McCarty Legislation to Ban For-Profit Charter Schools […]

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Calif. Congressman Cardenas Introduces Resolution Demanding Action on Gun Violence – H.Res.370

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — In recognition of Gun Violence Awareness Day tomorrow, U.S. Representative Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) has introduced a resolution that would compel Congress to take action in the face of gun tragedies. H.Res.370, cosponsored by more than 100 Members of Congress, would require that any moment of silence held on the floor […]

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Calif. Senator Mendoza Announces Multiple 2017 Bills Pass Senate Appropriations Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) announced that multiple bills passed through the Senate Appropriations Committee. Among the lengthy list of bills before the committee were several pieces of Legislation from Senator Mendoza, notably Senate Bills 4, 45, 268, and 693. The news story Calif. Senator Mendoza Announces Multiple 2017 Bills […]

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Calif. Assemblymember McCarty Gun Free School Zones Legislation Approved by California State Assembly – AB 424

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The California State Assembly today approved AB 424 by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D- Sacramento), which will update California’s Gun Free School Zones law to make schools truly gun free. The measure was approved on a vote of 43-23. The news story Calif. Assemblymember McCarty Gun Free School Zones Legislation Approved […]

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California Candidate Accountability Measure Passes Committee – AB 894

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — New Legislation by Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D – Discovery Bay) that will raise penalties for candidates for office who make willful misrepresentations on their candidate statements passed the Assembly Elections committee on an unanimous 7-to-0 vote. The news story California Candidate Accountability Measure Passes Committee – AB 894 appeared on […]

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City of Paramount Endorses Greater Powers for South Coast Air Quality Management District

PARAMOUNT, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Tuesday, April 18, the Paramount City Council, by a unanimous vote, became the first city in California to support Assembly Bill 1132 authored by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens). The proposed legislation enhances the ability of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) to quickly shut down businesses […]

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Calif. Senator Mendoza Introduces Senate Constitutional Amendment 12 to Redefine County Governance in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — A measure to make Calif. county governments more representative, accessible, and accountable to the populations that they serve was introduced today by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia). The news story Calif. Senator Mendoza Introduces Senate Constitutional Amendment 12 to Redefine County Governance in California appeared on and is Copr. © California […]

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California Caregivers Push for More Accountability in Public Monies Used for State Respite Care Program

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Caregivers of those with disabilities are calling on the California State Legislature to support Assembly Bill 1380 to improve respite care accountability. Right now many vendors who contract with regional centers to provide the publicly funded service spend an absurd amount of money on administration costs for respite care instead […]

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Calif. Legislation on Drug Pricing Transparency Wins Key Support from Consumer, Medical, Pharmacists Groups – AB315

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Legislation authored by Calif. Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) calling for the first-time regulation of the middlemen of drug pricing — Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) — today received a boost with the endorsement of Consumers Union, the California Medical Association, the California Pharmacists Association, and the San-Francisco-based HIV/AIDS advocacy group Project […]

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California Film Tax Credit Generates More Filming and Jobs in 2017

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, the California Film Commission (CFC) announced the recipients for recurring television series, new series, relocating series, and pilots under AB 1839, the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act, authored by Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) in 2014. The news story California Film Tax Credit Generates More Filming […]

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Calif. Asm. Bocanegra Introduces Legislation to Help Fund Film and TV Workforce Development Programs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima), the author of the current California Film Tax Credit, and Assemblymember Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) proposed legislation today (AB1664) to increase funding for entertainment industry job-training programs to help build a bigger workforce of below-the-line workers in California. The news story Calif. Asm. Bocanegra Introduces Legislation to […]

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Calif. Asm. Kevin McCarty Introduces Legislation to Give Californians a Fair Chance at Employment

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — This past week, Calif. Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D – Sacramento), introduced AB 1008, known as the Fair Chance Act, which will eliminate employment barriers for individuals formerly convicted of a crime. Historically known as, “Ban the Box,” this bill would prohibit a prospective public or private employer from asking a […]

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Calif. Assemblymember McCarty Introduces Legislation to Close California Gun Free School Zones Loophole

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D- Sacramento) today introduced Assembly Bill 424 (AB 424), which will close a loophole in California’s Gun Free School Zones law. While civilian possession of a gun on a school campus is prohibited, a school district can currently authorize an armed civilian with a Concealed Carry […]

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Asm. Bocanegra California Film Tax Credit is Box Office Success for Hollywood Jobs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, the California Film Commission announced the second round of recipients for feature films and independent projects, bringing back jobs and revenue to California as promised under AB 1839, the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act. Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) and former Assemblymember Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) […]

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Calif. Assemblymembers McCarty, Gonzalez Fletcher and Nazarian to Introduce ‘California Welcomes Refugees’ Legislation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblymembers Kevin McCarty (D- Sacramento), Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D – San Diego) and Adrin Nazarian (D- Sherman Oaks) will introduce a legislative package that builds upon California’s efforts to welcome and successfully integrate refugees from around the world. The news story Calif. Assemblymembers McCarty, Gonzalez Fletcher and Nazarian to […]

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Calif. Asm. Cervantes Introduces Bill to Expedite Teacher Credentialing for Military Spouses

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes (D-Corona) introduced a bill to help military families. The bill, Assembly Bill 226, would require the state Commission on Teacher Credentialing to give priority to applicants who are spouses of active United States Military service members. The news story Calif. Asm. Cervantes Introduces Bill to […]

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Calif. Assemblymember Bocanegra Introduces Legislation to Bring Equity for Immigrants to California Criminal Justice Laws

(California Newswire) — Today, Calif. Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) introduced legislation to bring equity to our criminal justice laws, by ensuring that use of false immigration documents carries the same penalties as use of a fake driver’s license. AB 222 would amend Section 114 of the California Penal Code, a provision enacted in 1994 as […]

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Assemblymember Cervantes Introduces Bill to Restructure California Transportation Commission – AB179

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes (D-Corona) has introduced a bill to restructure the California Transportation Commission. The bill, Assembly Bill 179, would impose certain additional expertise requirements on future appointments to the Commission. The news story Assemblymember Cervantes Introduces Bill to Restructure California Transportation Commission – AB179 appeared on California Newswire® – […]

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Cervantes Introduces California Bill to Make Riverside County Carpool Lanes More Flexible

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — This week, Calif. Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes (D-Corona) introduced her first bill at the State Capitol. The bill, Assembly Bill 91, would help ease late-night traffic jams in Riverside County by allowing single-occupancy vehicles to use high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, commonly known as “carpool lanes,” during non-peak traffic hours. The news […]

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A Voice For Choice, Inc. Statement On New Lawsuit Filed to Challenge California’s Extensive Vaccine Mandates

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. /California Newswire/ — A group of California plaintiffs, led by A Voice for Choice, Inc., have filed suit challenging California’s extensive vaccine mandates, one of the broadest in the nation. With the passage of Senate Bill 277 in 2015, California now requires kindergartners to get twenty-five doses of vaccines – including for […]

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Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza Introduces ‘California Rebuild’ Infrastructure Proposal with SB4

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On December 5, 2016, Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza introduced Senate Bill 4 (SB 4), which would allocate $1.2 billion dollars to reduce emissions, health risks, and also to redevelop the infrastructure of California’s goods movement network. This measure would improve goods movement corridors which are vital to the state’s economy. […]

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Legislation to Help Calif. Children Suffering from Trauma and Toxic Stress introduced by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Shortly after being sworn in to his second term in the California State Assembly, Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) this week introduced Assembly Bill 11 (AB 11), which will create a child care early intervention partnership to help California infants and young children suffering from toxic stress. The news story Legislation […]

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Calif. State Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra Introduces Legislation to Establish Hate Crime Registry

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, on the first day of the 2017-18 California Legislative Session, Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra (D-San Fernando Valley) introduced legislation to establish the California Hate Crimes Registry, which would make public the names of those criminals convicted of a hate crime and the crimes of which they were convicted, while protecting […]

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Calif. Assemblymember O’Donnell Bill to Boost School Attendance Signed by Governor – AB 2815

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Legislation by Calif. Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) to ensure students attend and stay in school was signed by Governor Brown on Thursday. AB 2815 expands the role of district and county attendance supervisors so they can effectively address the root causes of chronic absenteeism. The post Calif. Assemblymember O’Donnell […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Legislation to Bolster Transparency, Oversight, Reform at California PUC

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Moving to bolster governance, accountability, transparency and oversight at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed a package of bills and called on the Commission to take immediate action on additional reforms. In June, Governor Brown joined Assemblymember Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) and Senators Jerry […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Legislation to Help California Workers Save for Retirement – SB 1234

SACRAMENTO, Cailf. /California Newswire/ — Taking action to boost financial security for all Californians, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed SB 1234 by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), that will create new retirement savings accounts for the nearly seven million workers who do not have one. The post Calif. […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Earthquake Early Warning Legislation – SB 438

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed legislation – SB 438 by Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) – to help advance the development of a statewide earthquake early warning system in California. The post Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Earthquake Early Warning Legislation – SB 438 appeared first on California […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Continues Busy Week: Vetoes Bills and Signs New Laws Sept. 29, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.announced that he has signed various assembly bills and senate bills, including AB 1639 by Assemblymember Brian Maienschein. The post Calif. Gov. Brown Continues Busy Week: Vetoes Bills and Signs New Laws Sept. 29, 2016 appeared first on California Newswire.

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Calif. Gov. Signs Bill Banning California State-Funded Travel to States with New Anti-LGBT Laws – AB1887

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — California Governor Jerry Brown this week signed Assembly Bill (AB) 1887, authored by Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) and sponsored by Equality California and the National Center for Lesbian Rights. AB 1887 bans non-essential, state-funded travel by California state employees to North Carolina, Mississippi and other states that enact discriminatory […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Issues Legislative Updates for Sept. 22-23, 2016: Bills Signed and Vetoed

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — This week, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that he has signed a wide range of bills, including AB 1841 by Assemblymember Jacqui V. Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) – Cybersecurity strategy incident response standards. Additionally, he vetoed a number of bills, including SB 900 by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Signs Consumer Protection Legislation including AB 1580

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that he has signed the following bills to strengthen consumer health and safety protections in California: • AB 72 by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) – Health care coverage: out-of-network coverage. • AB 796 by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-Sherman Oaks) – Health care […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Signs Ambitious and Historic Climate Change Legislation

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Ten years after California adopted the toughest greenhouse gas emission reduction goals in the nation, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today strengthened that commitment, signing SB 32 by Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) and AB 197 by Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella), which require the state to cut emissions […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Signs Legislation including AB 1564, 1658 and more

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — This week, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that he has signed various Assembly Bills, including: AB 1564 by Assemblymember Das G. Williams (D-Santa Barbara) – Emergency services: wireless 911 calls: routing. Additionally, the following bills were signed: • AB 1658 by Assemblymember Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals) – Happy Homestead […]

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Calif. Legislation to Create Nation’s Strongest Wage Equality Law Approved by State Assembly – SB1063

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The California State Assembly today approved SB 1063 by Senator Isadore Hall, III (D – South Bay), which will create the strongest wage equality law in the nation by prohibiting employers from paying a worker less than their co-worker based upon their race or ethnicity. The measure was approved on […]

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Calif. Assembly Speaker Rendon Statement on Passage of Climate Change Legislation – SB32

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) released the following statement after the Assembly passed Senate Bill 32 to extend California’s landmark emissions reductions goals: “Our climate change efforts are proof California can be progressive and prosperous at the same time. Harmful emissions are going down, and the economy is going […]

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Valley Industry and Commerce Assoc. Endorses ‘Yes’ Vote On Calif. Plastic Bag Ban Prop 67

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — California vs. Big Plastic recently announced that The Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA) added its support for a “Yes” vote on Proposition 67, the referendum to protect California’s plastic bag ban. “As business leaders, members of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association know the importance of constantly evolving […]

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California State Fire Fee Bills Being Sent to Local 44th Assembly District Residents – Short Window to Challenge Fee

CAMARILLO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Thousands of 44th Assembly District residents in certain unincorporated areas will be receiving in the mail a new California state tax bill charging property owners an additional fee for fire prevention services within the “State Responsibility Area” (SRA). The office of Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) is asking the media to […]

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Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto Initiates Federal Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United Decision

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) has introduced Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 1, a measure that begins the process to amend the United States Constitution to nullify the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. In Citizens United, a deeply divided Supreme Court held that corporations are due […]

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Calif. Assemblyman Gatto’s Bill to Bring Back Vintage License Plates signed by Gov. Brown

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Assembly Bill (AB) 1658, by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D–Los Angeles) was signed today by Governor Brown, establishing the California Legacy License Plate Program. The program will allow car enthusiasts to apply to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for one of three iconic California license plate designs.

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Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Padilla Bill to Spur Job Creation in California – Incentivize Investment in Advanced Manufacturing

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Governor Jerry Brown today signed Senate Bill 1128 authored by State Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima). The bill will encourage investment, job creation and economic growth in California by allowing sales and use tax exemptions on the purchase of manufacturing equipment in the advanced manufacturing sector. The bill will go […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Issues Legislative Update for Sept. 27, 2012 – New Bills Signed Into Law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that he has signed the following bills: AB 40 by Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) – Elder and dependent adult abuse: reporting. AB 41 by Assemblymember Jerry Hill (D-South San Francisco) – High-Speed Rail Authority: conflicts of interest: disqualification. (Additional follow.)

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Calif. Governor Brown Signs Padilla’s ‘Student-Athlete Bill of Rights’ – goes into effect on January 1, 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Jerry Brown today signed into law Senate Bill 1525 authored by State Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima). The new law, known as the “Student-Athlete Bill of Rights”, will require universities located in California that generate on average more than $10 million a year in media revenues to provide specific protections […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Signs Padilla’s English Learner Reform Bills

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — A pair of English Learner reform bills authored by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) have been signed by Governor Brown. SB 1108 would reform the English Learners reclassification system by identifying and implementing uniform statewide best practices. SB 754 would require school districts to post online the Economic Impact Aid they […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Issues Legislative Update – Signs bills to improve education in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that he has signed the following bills to improve education in California: AB 644 by Assemblymember Robert Blumenfield (D-Van Nuys) – Schools: average daily attendance: online instruction. AB 1723 by Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes (D-Los Angeles) – Postsecondary educational institutions: meetings: live video and […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Issues Legislative Update for Sept. 26, 2012 – Bills Signed into Law re Treatment of Animals

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that he has signed the following bills related to the treatment and welfare of animals: AB 1162 by Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-Eureka) – Wildlife: poaching. AB 1776 by Assemblymember Paul Fong (D-Mountain View) – State government: Pacific leatherback sea turtle. (Additional follow.)

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Calif. Governor Brown to Sign Padilla’s Driverless Vehicle Bill today at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View

MOUTNAIN VIEW, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Jerry Brown will sign SB 1298 authored by State Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) today at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. The bill will establish safety and performance standards for the safe operation of autonomous vehicles on California’s roads and highways.

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Calif. Governor Brown Signs Padilla Bill to Expand Voter Registration – California Acts While Other States Move to Restrict Voting and Voter Registration

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Jerry Brown today signed into law Senate Bill 35 authored by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima). The new law will facilitate voter registration and further California’s compliance with the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), commonly known as Motor Voter. The bill goes into effect on January 1, 2013.

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Calif. Governor Brown Signs Legislation to Bolster California Business and Create Jobs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed a series of eight bills to bolster business and job creation in the state of California. “As California’s economy recovers from the deepest recession since the Great Depression, it’s important that state government bolsters local job growth,” said Governor Brown. “Simply put, these […]

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Closely Watched California Homemade Food Act Signed into Law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) Assembly Bill (AB) 1616, the California Homemade Food Act, was signed into law today. The California Homemade Food Act legalizes the sale of homemade, “non-potentially hazardous” foods by creating a two-tier system of “cottage food operations” based upon the point of sale

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Calif. Governor Brown Issues Legislative Update for Sept. 13, 2012 – Signs New Bills into Law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that he has signed the following bills, including: AB 197 by Assemblymember Joan Buchanan (D-San Ramon) – Public employees’ retirement. AB 801 by Assemblymember Sandre Swanson (D-Oakland) – Illegal dumping enforcement officers and code enforcement officers. (Additional follow.)

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Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Bills into Law: Legislative Update for Sept. 7, 2012

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that he has signed the following bills: AB 233 by Assemblymember Isadore Hall (D-Los Angeles) – Personal income taxes: voluntary contributions: California YMCA Youth and Government Fund. AB 432 by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) – Transit: Sacramento County. Additional follow:

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Calif. Bill to Allow Motorists to Show Proof of Auto Insurance on Their Smartphones Signed into Law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) Assembly Bill 1708 was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown today. The measure would give California drivers the option to present their proof of auto insurance in electronic form, such as on a smartphone or other personal electronic device.

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Calif. Assembly Sends Wieckowski’s Spinal Cord Injury Research Bill (AB 1657) to Gov. Brown on 46-27 Vote

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The California State Assembly voted this afternoon to approve a bill by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to raise funds to sustain a program, supported by disability rights advocates, the biotech industry, and neuro-scientists, that provides vital research into spinal cord injuries.

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Bill to Protect Public’s 1st Amendment Rights and Ensure Access to 911 Services Passed by California State Assembly

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The California State Assembly today approved SB 1160 with overwhelming bipartisan support, on a vote of 69 to 0. Authored by Senator Alex Padilla, the bill would protect California consumers by preventing the arbitrary interruption of communication services used for …

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Padilla’s California ‘Student-Athlete Bill of Rights’ Clears Important Hurdle – Requires Universities to Help Injured Student-Athletes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Assembly Appropriations Committee today approved Senate Bill 1525 authored by California State Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima). The legislation known as the “Student-Athlete Bill of Rights” would require universities located in California that generate on average more than $10 million …

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Calif. Governor Brown Issues Legislative Update for July 13, 2012 – New Assembly Bills Signed

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that he has signed the following bills: First, AB 57 by Assemblymember Jim Beall Jr. (D-San Jose) – Metropolitan Transportation Commission. AB 1047 by Assemblymember Kevin Jeffries (R-Riverside) – Vehicles: motorcycle safety. Additional: – …

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