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Calif. Bill Incentivizing Small Business Growth Approved by State Assembly – AB 2096

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assembly Bill (AB) 2096, authored by Assemblymember Muratsuchi (D – Torrance) and sponsored by Small Business California, passed the State Assembly with a 72 to 0 vote today. This bill would allow start-up and emerging small businesses identify investors who can provide capital to help them grow and create […]

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Assemblyman Ken Cooley

Calif. Assemblyman Cooley’s AB 1053 Goes to Governor for Signature, Returns $1.3 Million to Fire District Taxpayers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) announced that his bill – AB 1053 – is headed to Governor Brown’s desk. This bill will allow the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District (Metro Fire) to return $1.3 million in mistakenly collected taxes to more than 3,800 property owners in Sacramento County. “Metro […]

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Senator Alex Padilla

California Senate Approves Military Sexual Assault Bill – Senate Bill 1422

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, the California Senate approved Senate Bill 1422, authored by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) on a bipartisan vote of 34 to 0. The bill would require cases of sexual assault of a service member of the California Military Department (CMD) be subject to the jurisdiction of local civilian authorities. The […]

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Assemblyman Ken Cooley

Legislation to Protect California Youth Football Players Moves to State Senate – AB 2127

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 2127 was passed off the floor of the State Assembly this morning. AB 2127 seeks to reduce brain injuries and concussions among California’s middle and high school football players by limiting “full-contact” practice time and by ensuring student-athletes who have suffered a brain injury do […]

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Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto Issues Statement on Passage of New Rainy Day Fund Proposal

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), a long-time advocate for government and budgetary reform and the author of ACA 4, the 2010 constitutional amendment that would create an enhanced version of California’s “Rainy Day Fund,” offered his support for a new Rainy Day Fund proposal that passed both houses of […]

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Mike Gatto’s Bill to Protect California Students’ Social Media Data Passes Assembly

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Young people who might want to delete an embarrassing or controversial post to social media currently have few options, especially if that young person’s school monitors, collects, and keeps such postings on separate hard drives, forever. Legislation by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) would ensure that information collected by school […]

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Assemblymember Muratsuchi

Calif. Assemblymember Muratsuchi Releases Statement on Passage of Rainy Day Fund Proposal

TORRANCE, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) today released the following statement in response to the Legislature unanimously passing Assembly Constitutional Amendment 1 (Second Extraordinary Session), which replaces the current Rainy Day Fund on the November 2014 ballot: “As a co-author of ACA 2X-1, and as the Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee […]

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Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for May 13, 2014 including to Dept. Conservation Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Tuesday announced the following appointments: First, Steven Bohlen, 61, of Sonoma, has been appointed supervisor of the California Department of Conservation Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources. Bohlen has been program director at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory since 2013, where he […]

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California Gov. Brown Signs Legislation week of May 12, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — This week, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that he has signed the following bills, including AB758, AB1035, and SB27. • AB 759 by Assemblymember Tom F. Daly (D-Anaheim) – Alarm companies. • AB 1035 by Assemblymember John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) – Workers’ compensation: firefighters and peace officers. […]

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Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Calif. Gov. Brown Expands Health Care Coverage, Pays Down Debt and Shores Up Teachers’ Pensions in Revised State Budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. released a revised state budget that provides health care to millions more Californians, pays down $11 billion in debt and fully funds the teachers’ retirement system over time. “This May Revision is good news for California,” said Governor Brown. “It shows that California […]

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Calif. Governor Brown, Legislative Leaders Announce Rainy Day Fund Agreement

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Moving swiftly to maintain fiscal stability and prepare for the next economic downturn, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff and Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway today announced a bipartisan agreement to replace the Rainy Day […]

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Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Calif. Governor Brown Announces Appointments for May 7, 2014 including to California Department of Child Support Services

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Wednesday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Alisha Griffin, 65, of Yardley, Pennsylvania, has been appointed director of the California Department of Child Support Services. Griffin has been director of the Office of Child Support Services at the New Jersey Department of Human Services […]

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Assemblymember Muratsuchi

Calif. Aerospace Tax Incentive Act Signed by Governor Brown – AB 777

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 777 authored by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance). AB 777 provides a property tax exemption for the commercial space flight industry. This new law codifies a Board of Equalization advisory legal opinion that rocket propulsion systems qualify for the business inventory tax exemption. […]

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Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Calif. Governor Brown Issues Executive Order to Redouble State Drought Actions

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — With California’s driest months ahead, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an executive order to strengthen the state’s ability to manage water and habitat effectively in drought conditions and called on all Californians to redouble their efforts to conserve water. “The driest months are still to come […]

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Muratsuchi Opposes Oil Drilling Project in Hermosa Beach – AB 2711 (Press Conference)

HERMOSA BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblymember Muratsuchi (D—Torrance) affirmed his opposition to the oil drilling project proposal in Hermosa Beach and shared details of his Assembly Bill (AB) 2711 at today’s press conference. “I oppose the oil drilling project in Hermosa Beach because the thought of an environmental disaster with devastating impacts on […]

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Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for April 24, 2014 including to the California Volunteers Commission

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Thursday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Christine Hironaka, 27, of Piedmont, has been appointed deputy director of legislative affairs at the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery. She has been a legislative assistant for California State Senator Mark Leno since 2010. Hironaka […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Announces New Hiring Credit Pilot Areas in Fresno, Merced and Riverside

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Building on efforts to grow California’s economy and help businesses create jobs, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Thursday announced new tax incentives for employers hiring workers in Fresno, Merced and Riverside. “The state’s economy is steadily improving and more than a million Californians are back to work after the […]

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Senator Alex Padilla

Violent Attacks at Two Los Angeles Area Hospitals Highlight Need for More Healthcare Worker Protections, says Padilla – SB 1299

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ – The stabbing of two nurses in two Los Angeles area hospitals within hours Monday morning is a shocking reminder that working in a hospital setting comes with very real risk. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers in healthcare and social assistance settings are five times […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Grants 63 Pardons on Good Friday

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that, on Good Friday, he has granted 63 pardons. The individuals granted pardons all completed their sentences and have been released from custody for more than a decade without further criminal activity. Individuals who have been convicted of a crime in California […]

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Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Calif. Animal Protection Bill Would Increase Funding for Shelters, Save Lives – AB 2343

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Burbank) introduced new legislation to provide funds to local animal agencies that comply with the “Hayden Law,” and to fund a new $10 million program to help prevent needless killing of dogs and cats in California shelters. “The state can do a better job supporting […]

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California Bill Stimulating Aerospace Industry Approved by State Senate – AB 777

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — In order to foster a more stable business climate for California’s aerospace sector, the California State Senate today passed Assembly Bill (AB) 777 authored by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance). Also known as the Aerospace Tax Clarification Act, AB 777 would qualify rocket propulsion systems for an existing business inventory tax […]

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Senator Alex Padilla

Calif. Bill Targeting Mislabeled Seafood Approved by Senate Health Committee – SB 1138

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Senate Health Committee today approved Senate Bill 1138 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), which addresses the growing problem of seafood mislabeling and its effects on public health, consumer choice, and sustainable fishing practices on a bipartisan vote. The bill will now go to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration. […]

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Legislation Seeks UC and CSU Guidelines Allowing Computer Science Courses to Meet Admissions Requirements – SB 1200

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — A bill to allow high school advanced computer science courses to be counted towards core college admissions requirements was approved today by the Senate Education Committee. The bill, SB 1200, by State Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) calls on the UC and CSU to provide guidelines for high school computer science […]

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Landmark California Recycled-Water Bill Clears First Legislative Hurdle – AB 2282

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — According to Assemblyman Mike Gatto, most homeowners want cheaper water bills. If provided the infrastructure, they’d gladly use recycled water to wash cars and irrigate lawns. Many cities have vast reservoirs of recycled water. If provided a market, they’d gladly allow the water to be used for more than just […]

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Action to Protect Career Technical Education in California taken by Assemblymember Muratsuchi

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblymember Muratsuchi (D – Torrance) led an effort to protect career technical education (CTE) in the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance. The subcommittee unanimously voted to 1) establish CTE as a state priority in high schools and 2) to ensure that local education agencies continue to provide regionally […]

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Calif. Child Protective Services Audit Uncovers Disturbing Flaws in Agency Performance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — State officials released results today of an audit of child-welfare-services agencies initiated by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) in the wake of failures last year that, in one case, led to the death of a child in Los Angeles County. Assemblyman Mike Gatto requested the audit following last year’s murder […]

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Calif. Congressman Tony Cárdenas Applauds Single Republican Vote for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. /California Newswire/ — U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) today applauded Florida Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen for her courageous vote last night to encourage debate on Comprehensive Immigration Reform on the floor of the U.S. House. Monday night, the House Rules Committee held a hearing to decide which amendments to the Paul Ryan […]

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Calif. Senator Padilla’s Legislation Targets Mislabeled Seafood with Senate Bill 1138

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Senator Alex Padilla held a press conference at Taylor’s Market in Sacramento to announce Senate Bill 1138 which addresses the growing problem of seafood mislabeling and its effects on public health, consumer choice, and sustainable fishing practices. Joining Senator Padilla was Danny Johnson from Taylor’s Market who conducted […]

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Calif. Congressman Cardenas, Two Senators Introduce At-Risk Youth Medicaid Protection Act Of 2014

SAN FERNANDO, Calif. and WASHINGTON, D.C. /California Newswire/ — U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) joined U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) today, announcing the introduction of the At-Risk Youth Medicaid Protection Act of 2014. This legislation ensures that youths who spend time in the juvenile justice system receive the health […]

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AMVETS Recognizes Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi as a 2013 California Legislator of the Year

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On April 2, 2014, during their Annual Capitol Legislative Day, AMVETS recognized Assemblymember Muratsuchi (D – Torrance) as a 2013 California Legislator of the Year. Every year, AMVETS honors legislators who have gone the extra mile to support California’s veterans, service members and their families. Per a press release sent […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for April 2, 2014 including to Porterville Developmental Center Advisory Board

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments: First, Joan Grant, 79, of Anaheim, has been appointed to the Porterville Developmental Center Advisory Board, where she has served since 2003. Grant was a housing inspector for the Orange County Housing Authority from 1979 to 1998, a school […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for April 1, 2014 including to California Advisory Commission on Special Education

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Tuesday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Matt Navo, 43, of Sanger, has been appointed to the California Advisory Commission on Special Education. Navo has been superintendent for the Sanger Unified School District since 2013, where he has served in multiple positions since 2000, […]

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Calif. Senator Alex Padilla Issues Statement Regarding U.S. Supreme Court Decision in McCutcheon v. FEC

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) released the following statement today regarding the Supreme Court decision in the case, McCutcheon v. FEC: “Today’s Supreme Court decision is a victory for the 1 percent. It makes it legal for a wealthy donor to donate the maximum to every member of congress. America’s […]

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House Budget Republicans Unanimously Vote Against Cárdenas Legislation to Create Comprehensive Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. /California Newswire/ — Today, every Republican on the House Budget Committee placed themselves on record as being against Comprehensive Immigration Reform. U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley), a member of the House Budget Committee, presented an amendment in that committee to create the economic infrastructure to pass and implement H.R. 15, the […]

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Calif. Senator Alex Padilla’s Statement Regarding Senate’s Vote Today to Suspend Senators

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. State Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) issued the following statement regarding today’s Senate vote to suspend Senator Ron Calderon, Senator Rod Wright and Senator Leland Yee: “The people of California expect and deserve elected representatives they can trust and the Senate did the right thing in suspending three Senators […]

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Calif. Bill to Mandate Child-Abuse Training for California Teachers Passes Education Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) bill to strengthen training requirements and prevent child abuse in schools overcame its first legislative hurdle yesterday, passing the Assembly Education Committee by a vote of 5-0. The legislation would require all school employees to be trained according to standards developed by the Department […]

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California ‘X-Prize’ Bill Clears Committee – Gatto’s Legislation Would Offer Prize for Innovative Ideas to Streamline State Government

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — California took one small step today in what could be a giant leap for good-government advocates, passing Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) “X-Prize” bill through the Accountability and Administrative Review committee by a vote of 12-0. AB 2138 would create a “California Government X-Prize,” offering cash incentives for people with […]

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Calif. Congressman Cárdenas Joins New Democrat Coalition – New Dems

WASHINGTON, D.C. /California Newswire/ — Today, U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D- San Fernando Valley) was inducted unanimously into the New Democrat Coalition, also known as New Dems. New Dems are a group of House Democrats dedicated to maintaining and encouraging American ingenuity and innovation in the global marketplace. “For me, joining the New Democrat Coalition […]

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Calif. 2014 Water Conservation Bill Clears First Committee as Drought Looms

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — A key water-conservation bill introduced by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) passed the Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee today by a vote of 13-0. AB 2636 establishes CalConserve, a revolving-loan program to provide loans to home owners and businesses to help finance water-efficiency projects. The program will reduce urban, […]

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Muratsuchi Bill Incentivizing Calif. Alternative Fuel Vehicle Sales Moves Forward

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assembly Bill (AB) 2013 by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) was approved by the Assembly Transportation Committee yesterday, a promising start for a bill that seeks to increase the cap on Green HOV Stickers from 40,000 to 85,000 as the original number of stickers available to the public dwindles. The […]

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