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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Ruth Schneider, Eureka Times-Standard

A new California law aims to make it easier to offer forever homes to kittens. The bill is among the first signed into law by California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

“I was surprised to learn that shelters are required to hold kittens for three days before turning them over to qualified individuals for adoption,” Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), the author of AB 1565, said in a prepared statement. “These tiny animals require 24-hour care, and limitations at shelters mean that a lot kittens, are sadly, being unnecessarily euthanized.”

The new law limits the amount of time a kitten is required to be held before it can be adopted out.

Quirk said being a pet owner himself played a role in his authoring the legislation.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Bill to remove mandatory wait time and reduce the euthanasia of kittens is signed into law

 

SACRAMENTO – Earlier this year, Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) introduced a bill to allow kittens in animal shelters to be made immediately available for adoption to members of the public. His bill, AB 1565, has been signed into law.

 

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Kyung Mi Lee, Sacramento Bee

 

California’s stray kittens can be adopted more easily, thanks to a new law signed by the governor on Wednesday.

The law will allow people to adopt kittens under 8 weeks old at animal shelters, waiving a mandatory six-day waiting period that California had required for stray cats since 1998.

Advocates for stray cats worried that the holding period slowed the adoption process and decreased kittens’ chances of finding a home. Animals directly surrendered by their owners are eligible for immediate adoption or transfers for placement.

“Kittens need extra and attention and care. Finding them forever homes as quickly as possible should not be hindered by law,” said Assemblyman Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, who wrote Assembly Bill 1565.

Friday, June 7, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) honored Abode Services of Fremont as the 20th Assembly District’s “2019 Non-Profit of the Year.” Abode’s Executive Director, Louis Chicoine joined Assemblymember Quirk at the State Capitol in Sacramento for a celebratory lunch and ceremony organized by the California Association of Non-Profits.

 

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Investigative Reporters Robert Cribb and Marco Chon Oved, The Star

Ticketmaster is the target of proposed legislation in California that would ban its scalper program for doing the same thing that bots do — help resellers buy and sell vast quantities of tickets and make it harder for fans to get in the door at face price.

TradeDesk, a service the world’s largest ticket seller quietly markets to its high-volume customers, was the subject of an undercover investigation by the Star and CBC at a Las Vegas scalping convention last year that revealed how it allows scalpers to link dozens or hundreds of Ticketmaster accounts to gather vast quantities of seats in breach of ticket purchasing limits.

A proposed California consumer protection law draws parallels between ticket-harvesting software, which is already illegal there, and Ticketmaster’s TradeDesk program.  (CBC)

Thursday, May 9, 2019

HAYWARD – Assemblymember Quirk (D-Hayward) celebrated National Small Business Week with his fourth annual Small Business Event at Buffalo Bill’s restaurant in Hayward. According to Assemblymember Quirk, “Small businesses are truly the backbone of the state’s economy. California’s small businesses employ half of the state’s private workforce. I am proud to see small businesses thriving in the 20th Assembly District.”

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), Kaiser Permanente, and Legal Assistance for Seniors hosted a Senior Care and Life Planning Seminar last week at the Kenneth C. Aitken Senior Center where seniors and their families were in attendance. Attendees received valuable information on planning for their futures, like how to complete an advance directive or “living will”, and learned about the type of conversations they need to be having now with their agent, family, and doctor.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Social Compassion for Legislation

SACRAMENTO –Today, AB 733 , authored by Assemblyman Bill Quirk, passed the Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials by a unanimous vote of 7-0. Co-sponsored by Social Compassion in Legislation and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, AB 733 would end the use of massive numbers of fish in hazardous waste tests.

For decades, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control has tested water by putting live fish in waste water. If the fish live, the water is safe. If the fish are killed from the waste water, it is deemed unsafe. Under this bill, the Department of Toxic Substances Control would be tasked with looking into viable alternatives to live-fish water testing, and, if able, putting those alternatives into action.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

SACRAMENTO – The California Association of Certified Unified Program Agencies (CUPA) named Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) as their 2019 Legislator of the Year. The award was revealed at the 21st Unified Program Training Conference during their Leadership Session at opening ceremony in Anaheim Marriott.