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Calif. Senator Alex Padilla Issues Statement on State Budget: Education Funding and English Learner Accountability Are Key Elements

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, California State Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), Chair of the Senate Energy, Utilities, and Communications Committee released the following statement regarding the state budget: “Today is an exciting day for California and for millions of K-12 students throughout the state. I commend Governor Brown for his vision in what I […]

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Mike Gatto Leads Fight to Protect California’s Children, Calls for Audit of Counties’ Child Protective Services

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblymembers Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) and Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks) are calling for an investigation of County Child Protective Services (CPS) agencies in California following recent failures that, in one case, led to the death of a child in Los Angeles County and, in another, caused an infant to […]

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California Assembly Colleagues Fight to Provide Access to Taxpayer-Funded Research

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Open access advocates in California celebrated last week as AB 609 passed the Assembly floor by a vote of 71-7. The bill, co-authored by Democratic Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) and Republican Assemblyman Brian Nestande (R-Palm Desert), would ensure that research conducted using public funds is available to the public, […]

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Calif. Anti-Gridlock Bill Avoids Legislative Congestion and Clears Assembly without a Jam

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — California’s legislature took action to ease congestion, and driver frustration, on the Los Angeles freeway system yesterday, by passing AB 405 with a bipartisan vote of 72-0. The bill, authored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto, addresses infuriating late-night traffic jams on some of the nation’s most notoriously congested freeways, by permitting […]

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California Bill to Prevent Child Abuse in Schools Passes Assembly (AB 349)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, the California State Assembly took action to prevent child abuse in our schools and track those accused of crimes against children, by passing AB 349 with a bipartisan vote of 71-0. The bill creates a landmark, statewide, information system to help prevent repeat offenders from retaining employment at a […]

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Bill to Protect California Communities from Contaminated Properties Passes Assembly (AB 440)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — California communities struggling with decaying and contaminated properties will have new tools available to revitalize these sites now that Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) AB 440 has cleared the Assembly with a bipartisan vote of 75-1. Changes to state law made in 2011 made it unclear whether local governments could […]

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Assembly Passes California Legislation to Bring Hit-and-Run Offenders to Justice (AB 184)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s bill to address the epidemic of hit-and-run offenses in Southern California and other parts of the state moved to the Senate today following a unanimous vote of 74-0 of the full Assembly. The legislation, AB 184, provides an additional tool to law enforcement officers investigating hit-and-run […]

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California Bill to Protect Access to Wireless Communication Services Approved by Calif. Senate (SB 380)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Calif. State Senate today approved SB 380 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) on a bipartisan vote of 35 to 2. The bill would set standards to prevent the arbitrary shutdown or interruption of cell phone service. The bill now moves to the Assembly for consideration. “SB 380 establishes a […]

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Calif. Assembly Passes Bill to Make California Fuel Policies More Sustainable

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) bill to improve California’s fuel standards passed the Assembly by a vote of 77-0. AB 278 would ensure that so-called “green” fuels do not in fact harm the environment. California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) was created to reduce emissions from burning fuels. It […]

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Save the Oranges! California Legislature Takes Step to Save Iconic California Citrus Industry

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ –A tiny bug that causes huge problems is one step closer to being eradicated, says Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto. Huanglongbing (HLB), a disease spread by the Asian Citrus Psyllid, infects citrus trees and destroys them. There is no known cure. The disease has almost destroyed China’s citrus industry, and Florida has […]

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Bill to Modernize California’s Election System Approved by State Senate

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The California State Senate today approved SB 361 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) on a bipartisan vote of 29 to 9. The bill would modernize California’s voter registration system and increase online access to elections information. The bill now goes to the Assembly for consideration. “While many states provide online […]

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California Comprehensive Anti-SWATting Legislation Passes Assembly

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) legislation to criminalize the dangerous and increasingly prevalent crime known as “swatting”, was approved by the California State Assembly today by a unanimous, bipartisan vote of 76-0. The bill, AB 47, is the legislature’s most comprehensive legislation to address the issue, and the only […]

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Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s Bill to Protect Small Businesses Unanimously Passes California Assembly

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) legislation to reform Prop. 65 and protect small businesses from meritless lawsuits passed the Assembly today with a unanimous, bipartisan vote of 71-0, well in excess of the 2/3 threshold necessary to amend the proposition. The bill, AB 227, would allow small-business owners who receive […]

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Bill to Protect Local Calif. Governments from Dog Park Liability Passes Assembly

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) announced that his bill to help local governments create dog parks for their residents, passed the Assembly Floor with a bipartisan vote of 75-0. The idea for the bill came from Glendale City Councilmember Laura Friedman, who told Gatto that liability concerns were preventing […]

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California slated to be first state in the nation to provide voter registration through Health Benefit Exchange similar to ‘Motor Voter’

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — California Health Benefit exchange is one of hundreds of state offices required to offer voter registration services under Senate Bill 35 by Calif. Senator Alex Padilla. Last year, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 35, authored by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), which expands voter registration by requiring that California come into […]

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Bill to Allow Out-of-State Voting for California’s Emergency Workers approved by Calif. Senate

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, the Calif. State Senate has approved SB 362 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima). The bill was passed with a bipartisan vote of 30 to 7. The bill would empower the Governor and the Secretary of State to establish alternative means for emergency personnel to obtain a ballot and vote […]

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Parking Meter Justice Bill Passes California State Assembly – legislation prohibiting local governments from fleecing motorists who park at broken meters

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) announced that his legislation prohibiting local governments from fleecing motorists who park at broken parking meters moved one step closer to becoming a reality. The California State Assembly approved the bill by a vote of 71-0. The bill, AB 61, seeks to stop the […]

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Calif. Assembly Bill to Help Open More California Dog Parks Passes Assembly Local Government Committee (AB 265)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) announced that his bill to “help local governments create dog parks for their residents” passed the Assembly Local Government Committee on Wednesday with a unanimous, bipartisan vote of 8-0. The idea for the bill came from Laura Friedman, a Glendale City Councilmember, who […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Legislation to Reform California’s Health Insurance Market

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, helping put an end to the practice of denying health care coverage to Californians with pre-existing conditions, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed legislation to protect consumers and reform California’s private health insurance market as required by the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). “This legislation helps […]

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Measure to Save the California Constitution Passes First Major Legislative Hurdle

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) announced that his initiative reform measure to protect the “fundamental rights of Californians and prevent the pet projects of special interests from being enshrined in the California Constitution” passed its first major legislative hurdle, clearing the Assembly Elections Committee by a vote of […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Proposes to Reform Prop 65 – get back on track to protect Californians from harmful chemicals

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Yesterday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. proposed reforms to strengthen and restore the intent of Proposition 65, a three decade old law enacted to protect Californians from harmful chemicals, that has been abused by some unscrupulous lawyers driven by profit rather than public health. “Proposition 65 is a good […]

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California Senate Approves Stable Funding for State-wide Pediatric Trauma Care Centers (SB 191)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Monday, the State Senate approved a bill that will provide stable funding for pediatric trauma care centers throughout the state. The bipartisan vote was 33 to 1. SB 191 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) will allow counties to continue to collect funds for local emergency medical services, including pediatric […]

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Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s Bill to Prevent Child Abuse in Schools Passes Key Committee Hurdle

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) bill to help prevent child abuse in our schools and more closely monitor those accused of the crime passed a key legislative hurdle yesterday, clearing the Assembly Education Committee by a vote of 6-0, with 1 abstention. The bill, AB 349, requires the […]

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Drone Privacy Bill Clears California Assembly Policy Committees

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, legislation to protect the privacy rights of Californians passed out of the Assembly Committee on Local Government overwhelmingly on a bipartisan vote. AB 1327, jointly authored by Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) and Assemblyman Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) protects the privacy rights of Californians by establishing restrictions on governmental and private […]

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California Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Bill to Protect Genetic Privacy – no unauthorized DNA testing

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday approved SB 222 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima). The bill would establish the California Genetic Information Privacy Act, which would prohibit the unauthorized collection, analysis, transfer or storage of an individual’s genetic information. The bill now goes to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration. “Presently […]

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Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s Bill to protect Small Businesses Clears Assembly Judiciary Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s legislation to protect small businesses from meritless lawsuits took a huge step forward yesterday by clearing its final policy hurdle, the Assembly Judiciary committee, by a unanimous, bipartisan vote of 10-0. The bill, AB 227, would allow small-business owners who receive notice of a technical-signage violation of […]

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Calif. Congressman Tony Cardenas Sponsors Legislation to Give Veterans Better Mental Health Access

WASHINGTON, D.C. /California Newswire/ — This week, U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) signed on as an original co-sponsor to the bipartisan Veterans Mental Health Accessibility Act, which is intended to allow veterans better access to mental health care. Currently, veterans face a five-year window in which they must seek treatment for mental illnesses […]

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California Bill to Require Condoms in Adult Films Approved by Assembly Labor and Employment Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, legislation by Assemblymember Isasdore Hall, III (D – Compton) to require frequent testing for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) and condom use in all adult films made in California, has cleared the state Assembly’s Labor and Employment Committee with a bipartisan five (5) to zero (0) vote; with Republican Assemblymember […]

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Bill to End California State Worker ‘Moonlighting’ Passes Legislative Policy Committee with Bi-Partisan Support

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo), Vice-Chairman of the Assembly Budget committee, announced his bill, Assembly Bill 208, which will prohibit state employees from receiving a full-time state salary while also concurrently accepting hourly employment positions within the same department for the same work, passed Assembly Committee on Public Employees […]

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Calif. Senate Natural Resources Committee approves California Earthquake Early Warning Bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The California Senate Natural Resources Committee today approved SB 135 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima). The vote was 9–0. The bill would require the development of a comprehensive statewide earthquake early warning system in California. The measure now goes to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration. About 90% of the […]

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Regulating Drones in California: State Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Padilla Bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved Senate Bill 15 by California Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima). SB 15 would establish standards for the domestic use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), also known as “drones.” The federal government has taken action to accelerate both the public and commercial deployment of drones in […]

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California Anti-Swatting Legislation AB 47 Passes Public Safety Committee

SACRANENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) legislation to criminalize the dangerous and increasingly prevalent crime known as “swatting” cleared a major legislative hurdle; passing the Assembly Public Safety Committee by a unanimous vote of 7-0. Swatting is a perilous prank by anonymous mischief-makers who alert police to a bogus […]

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Calif. Environmental and Business Coalition supports Padilla Bill to Phase Out Single-Use Plastic Bags in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, at a State Capitol press conference, Calif. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) was joined by a coalition of environmental and business groups to show support for Senate Bill 405 (Padilla), which would “phase out single-use plastic bags in California grocery stores, convenience stores, liquor stores, and pharmacies.” The environmental and […]

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Padilla’s California Earthquake Early Warning Bill Clears First Hurdle

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Calif.Senate Governmental Organization Committee today approved SB 135 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima). The vote was 10 – 0. The bill would require the development of a comprehensive statewide earthquake early warning system in California. The measure now goes to the Senate Natural Resources Committee for consideration. “A fully […]

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Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s Bill to Ease Traffic Congestion Passes First Committee – Expanded to Include the 210 Freeway

SACRANENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) legislation to help increase the efficiency of Los Angeles County’s freeway system, one of the nation’s most notoriously congested systems, passed its first legislative hurdle today, Assembly Transportation Committee by a vote of 15-1. The bill, AB 405, will create pilot project to help […]

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Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s Bill to Open More Dog Parks Passes Assembly Judiciary Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) bill to help local governments create dog parks for their residents passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee yesterday with broad bipartisan support and a vote of 9-0. The idea for the bill came from a local city councilmember, who expressed to Gatto that cities would […]

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Calif. Assemblyman Gatto’s Resolution to Overturn Citizens United Decision Passes First Major Legislative Hurdle

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) legislation to limit corporate “personhood” for federal corporate campaign contributions overcame its first major legislative hurdle today, passing the Assembly Judiciary Committee by a vote of 7-2. The legislation, AJR 1, employs an exceedingly rare procedure outlined in Article V of the United States […]

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Calif. Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi Backs Law Enforcement, Introduces New Bill on Realignment

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) announced a bill that will aid law enforcement with the effects of prison realignment. He was joined by Torrance Police Chief John J. Neu, Gardena Police Chief Ed Medrano and other local law enforcement representatives. “Prison realignment is the number one public safety concern […]

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Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s bill to address epidemic of hit-and-runs in Southern California cleared first legislative hurdle

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s bill to address the “epidemic of hit-and-run offenses” in Southern California cleared its first legislative hurdle today, passing the Assembly Public Safety committee by a unanimous vote of 7 to 0. The legislation, AB 184, provides an additional tool to law enforcement officers investigating hit-and-run offenses […]

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Ending California ‘retroactive tax’ is goal of bipartisan legislation effort backed by BOE chair

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, in an effort to provide relief to California taxpayers stunned with the imposition of a “retroactive tax,” Sen. Ted W. Lieu, Asm. Jeff Gorell and Board of Equalization Chair Jerome E. Horton today announced a joint effort to craft a bipartisan, comprehensive solution to the problem created by the […]

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Bi-Partisan Drone Industry Legislation Introduced on Unmanned Aircraft to Expand California Jobs, Protect Privacy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — California State Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) and Assemblyman Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) announced today they have joint-authored two bills on the growing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or “drone” industry. Assembly Bill 1326 will attract manufacturing jobs in this rapidly growing industry to California by providing state tax incentives, while Assembly Bill […]

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Padilla Legislation Would Facilitate Creation of California Public Voting Systems

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) today announced the introduction of SB 360, which would allow California counties to develop, own and operate public voting systems, subject to approval and certification by the California Secretary of State. Most California counties purchase their voting systems from one of five private vendors. The […]

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Padilla Bill Would Protect the Voting Rights of Calif. Emergency Responders and Natural Disaster Volunteers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) this week introduced SB 362. The bill would empower the Governor and the Secretary of State to act to protect the voting rights of emergency personnel and volunteers who are dispatched to help with disaster relief efforts outside of California. California’s public safety and emergency […]

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Calif. Senator Padilla Introduces Bill to Protect Public’s Access to Wireless Communication Services

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) this week introduced SB 380. The bill would prevent the arbitrary interruption of wireless communication services. “For decades, California law has required a court order to interrupt or shut down traditional telephone service. SB 380 would extend these protections to the modern mobile communications network […]

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Bill to Protect Genetic Privacy introduced by Calif. Senator Padilla

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) this week introduced SB 222, which would establish the California Genetic Information Privacy Act. SB 222 would prohibit the unauthorized collection, analysis, transfer or storage of an individual’s genetic information. “I strongly support and believe in the promise of genomic research to improve public health […]

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Calif. Legislation to Better Manage Carpool Lanes, Ease Congestion introduced by Assemblyman Mike Gatto

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — It’s happened to anyone who lives in Southern California. A late-night accident or mysterious slowing clogs the rightmost freeway lanes, while the carpool lane sits empty. Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) has introduced Assembly Bill 405, a measure that will create a pilot program of sorts to ease such […]

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Calif. Senator Padilla Introduces Bill to Help Prepare Tomorrow’s California Teachers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) announced the introduction of Senate Bill 5. The bill would allow undergraduates to qualify for a teaching credential by earning a bachelor’s degree in education. The bill would also allow graduate level teaching programs to expand from one to two years. “Allowing students to earn […]

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Condoms in All Adult Films Made in California: Assemblymember Hall Introduces Legislation to Address Health Concerns

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III (D-Los Angeles) introduced legislation, AB 332, requiring condom use in all adult films produced in California. Joined by Michael Weinstein, President of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and Darren James, a former adult film actor who contracted HIV while working in the industry, Hall’s […]

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Calif. Assemblymember Hall to Introduce Legislation Requiring Condoms in All Adult Films Made in California

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III (D-Los Angeles) will hold a Valentine’s Day press conference to introduce legislation requiring condom use in all adult films produced in California. Joined by Michael Weinstein, President of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and Darren James, a former adult film actor who contracted HIV while […]

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Seabee Veterans and Calif. Assemblyman Jeff Gorell Propose Renaming Segment of Pacific Coast Highway as ‘Seabee Memorial Highway’

VENTURA, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, at the request of local veterans groups and Seabee boosters, Calif. Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) introduced Assembly Concurrent Resolution 18 to rename a segment of Pacific Coast Highway 1 as “Seabee Memorial Highway.” The section of highway between Mugu Rock and the City of Ventura would be designated in […]

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Calif. Assemblymember Hall Introduces Legislation to Protect Smart Phone User Privacy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Building upon the work of Attorney General Kamala Harris and leaders in the mobile technology industry, Calif. Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III (D – Los Angeles) has introduced AB 257, which will establish minimum privacy protections for users of mobile applications (apps) in California. An app is a software program that […]

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Calif. Senator Padilla Introduces Bill to Continue Funding for Emergency Pediatric Trauma Care

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) announced the introduction of Senate Bill 191 today. The bill would allow counties to continue to collect funds for local emergency medical services, including pediatric trauma care, at no cost to the general fund. Without the Padilla bill, many counties will lose their only source […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Announces Appointments for Feb. 11, 2013 including California Energy Commission

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, David Russell Hochschild, 41, of Berkeley, has been appointed to the California Energy Commission. Hochschild was vice president of external relations at Solaria Corporation from 2007 to 2012. He served as a San Francisco public utilities commissioner from […]

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Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto Bill Would Help More Communities Get Dog Parks

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) introduced a bill today (AB 265) to help local governments create dog parks for their residents. Under current law, cities often hesitate to open dog parks because dog parks can subject cities to massive liability from litigants who claim, for example, that they were […]

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Calif. Assemblyman Gorell Authors Bill to Evaluate Future Options for 2 Oxnard Power Plants

OXNARD, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assembly Member Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) introduced Assembly Bill 248 that directs appropriate state agencies to collaborate with local authorities to study, evaluate and report back options related to the future of the two natural-gas-fired electrical power plants located at Mandalay Bay and Ormond Beach in Oxnard, California. “Over […]

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Calif. Assemblyman Gatto Business Advisory Commission Generates Legislation to Help Small Businesses Avoid Shakedown Lawsuit

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Saturday, February 2, members of Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) Small Business Advisory Commission voted to ask him to introduce legislation to address a new breed of shakedown lawsuits plaguing small businesses in Southern California. On Monday, February 4, Assemblyman Gatto did what the Commission asked, introducing legislation […]

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Calif. Senator Alex Padilla Introduces Legislation to Create Earthquake Early Warning System in California

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — “Three weeks ago, the California Institute of Technology and the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology published a study concluding for the first time that a statewide California earthquake involving both the Los Angeles and San Francisco metropolitan areas may be possible. This morning I introduced legislation to […]

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Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto Bill Makes it Harder for Hit-and-Run Drivers to Evade Arrest

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-43) introduced legislation today to help curb the epidemic of hit-and-run offenses in Southern California. Currently, motorists who flee the scene of an accident can simply “run down the clock” to avoid any liability whatsoever. If a motorist is not identified (which is often very difficult) […]

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Calif. State and Local Officials Join Local Chambers of Commerce to Unveil Plans for Oxnard / Port Hueneme Enterprise Zone

OXNARD, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Speaking together in a joint press conference, state and local government officials joined community and business leaders today in announcing a collaborative effort to establish a new Oxnard / Port Hueneme Enterprise Zone that will encourage investment and create jobs in an area still staggering from the past decade’s economic […]

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Calif. Assemblyman Jeff Gorell Introduces Legislation Clarifying ‘Write-In’ Vote Requirements

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblymember Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) introduced legislation to clarify the way write-in candidates qualify for the general election under California’s “Top Two” election system. Assembly Bill 141 reestablishes the 1 percent minimum vote requirement, allowing greater legitimacy for the write-in process.

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Calif. Seeks End To Court Orders Capping the State’s Prison Population and Requiring Oversight of Prison Mental Health Care

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Tuesday, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that the State of California has taken legal action to end a federal court order that caps the state’s prison population and another that requires “intrusive supervision” of prison mental health care.

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Calif. Assemblyman Jeff Gorell’s First Act as Budget Vice-Chair: Offer Voters Decision on State ‘Rainy Day’ Surplus Fund

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The California State Assembly on Thursday announced that Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) has been chosen to serve as vice-chairman of the Assembly’s Budget Committee. As one of the first acts in this new leadership role Gorell introduced legislation that will give California’s voters the ability to make an earlier decision on implementing the state’s “rainy day” surplus fund.

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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 Legislation to Advance Clean Energy Transportation in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that he has signed the following bills to encourage the use of alternative fuel vehicles and energy in California.

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Calif. Governor Brown Issues Legislative Update for Sept. 28, 2012 – New Bills Signed into Law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that he has signed the following bills, including: AB 276 by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) – Central Coast Hospital Authority. AB 377 by Assemblymember Jose Solorio (D-Santa Ana) – Pharmacy. (Additional follow.)

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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 into effect on January 1, 2013.

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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 to college-athletes.

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Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s California Green Fuels Bill Signed into Law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Assembly Bill 1900, authored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), a bill which removes barriers to the development of renewable natural gas (RNG) as a fuel in California and will save local rate-payers millions on their utility bills, was signed by Governor Brown today.

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Calif. Governor Brown Signs Laws to Protect Privacy for Social Media Users

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today took to Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and MySpace to announce that he has signed two bills that increase privacy protections for social media users in California.

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Calif. Governor Brown Signs the Energy Security Coordination Act of 2012

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed the Energy Security Coordination Act of 2012 (SB 1409), authored by Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), which strengthens the clean energy partnership between California and the U.S. military.

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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 receive for each school and district.

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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 audio transmission. (Additional follow.)

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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. Assemblyman Gatto’s Water-Conservation Bill Signed into Law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — AB 2230, a California water-conservation bill authored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) which requires all newly permitted car washes to use at least 60 percent recycled water, was signed into law today.

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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. Gov. Brown Signs Wieckowski Bill to Aid Low-Income Earners Facing Wage Garnishment

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Low-income earners facing wage garnishment will be able to keep a little more money to make ends meet after Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill yesterday authored by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont).

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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 bills make it easier for people to do business in California.”

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Calif. Governor Brown Signs Bill to Boost Commercial Space Travel

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed a bill to boost the commercial space-travel sector in California. Assembly Bill 2243 (Knight) limits liability for space-flight companies.

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