SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III (D – Los Angeles) today announced that he scored a number of legislative victories to create jobs, enhance public safety, protect the rights of workers and save California taxpayer dollars by increasing government efficiency.
Among the measures authored by Assemblymember Hall and signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown:
-AB 241 (Hall), which will prohibit the issuance of new card room gaming licenses until 2020. Extending the current prohibition will provide needed financial stability to local governments that rely upon revenue from licensed gambling and will continue the state’s commitment to limit the number of gambling facilities operated in the state.
-AB 692 (Hall), which will prioritize public employee termination appeals before the State Personnel Board. Many of these appeal cases can take up to two years to be resolved. During this time, employees and their families endure significant financial losses that can lead to negative credit, bankruptcy and even the loss of their home.
-AB 720 (Hall), which will increase efficiencies and needed flexibility for local governments to conduct local road or highway projects. Given the limited public resources available to maintain and improve local road infrastructure, this measure will be critical for local governments seeking to make the most of taxpayer dollars.
-AB 749 (Hall), which will require its annual report from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to the Legislature be issued for the previous fiscal year. This measure will align ABC’s annual report on activities and enforcement with the timing of their budget tracking and reporting requirements. Streamlining reporting requirements will reduce unnecessary duplication of reporting duties, increase efficiency and save limited taxpayer resources.
-AB 897 (Hall), which will allow horse races conducted during the Texas Classic Futurity and Remington Park Futurity Day to be imported to California horse tracks and satellite wagering facilities. This measure will give California’s quarter horse racing industry a marketing tool to increase on-track and off-track attendance on this specific day and provide the industry with a mechanism to increase track commissions, purses, and breeder’s awards.
-AB 1417 (Hall), which will appropriate $9.1 million from the Indian Gaming Special Distribution Fund to pay for local police, fire and other public safety needs resulting from tribal gaming in the state. At a time of budgetary challenges for many local governments, this measure will give locals a needed financial boost to maintain and improve public safety services throughout the state.
-AB 1418 (Hall), which will ratify the tribal-state gaming compact between the State of California and the Pinoleville Pomo Nation. This measure will create thousands of jobs in the construction and hospitality industries, provide important revenue to the state without raising taxes and will help get Californians back to work.
“These new laws will provide real world solutions to problems facing families and communities throughout California,” said Assemblymember Hall. “Especially in these tough economic times, it is critical that we focus our efforts on ways to protect workers, maintain core services and most importantly, to help get Californians out of the unemployment line and into a job. I am proud of the legislation I have authored this year and am pleased that the Governor shares my legislative goals by signing them all into law.”
This year the Governor signed all seven bills authored by Assemblymember Hall and approved by the Legislature into law. Hall’s legislation takes effect on January 1, 2012.
For more information on specific legislation, please visit: www.assembly.ca.gov/hall .