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Saturday, December 7, 2019

Denton Staff Contributor, Denton Daily

LOS ANGELES (AP) – California courts could be going to the dogs – and maybe cats, too – under a new law granting judges authority to settle disagreements over who keeps the family pet in divorce cases the same way they handle child-custody disputes.

Until now, Fido and Kitty have been considered family property, a status giving them little more standing in a divorce than a family‘s big-screen TV.

Under a bill signed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown, pets will still be considered community property but a judge deciding who gets to keep them will have the discretion of weighing such factors as who feeds them, who takes them to the vet and on walks, and who protects them.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Earlier this year, Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) partnered with Alameda County and Western Center on Law and Poverty to introduce a bill to streamline and align the CalFresh and CalWORKs programs in order to assist sponsored noncitizen individuals and families from the risk of hunger and homelessness.

 

Saturday, October 12, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Hazardous waste must be disposed of properly to protect public health and the environment. However, today Governor Newsom vetoed AB 733, by Assemblymember Bill Quirk’s (D-Hayward), which would have enabled California to identify this waste using tests that are human and result in more accurate identification. . 

 

Friday, October 11, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Recognizing the growing need for public services and the constraints Alameda and Santa Cruz Counties were facing to meet those demands, Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) took the lead in making changes to how the Transactions and Use Tax Law cap is calculated.

 

Friday, October 11, 2019
AB 1596 will also set standards on property cleanup procedures where the drug was used
 
Evan Symon, California Globe
 
Fentanyl became the second drug in California to have specialized decontaminate laws after Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 1596 into law earlier this week.
 
AB 1596 revises the Methamphetamine Contaminated Property Act to the Methamphetamine or Fentanyl Contaminated Property Cleanup Act. Under the newly revised act, statewide cleanup standards will be created and enforced by health officers.
 
Before the addition of Fentanyl, only methamphetamine had been listed in California as a type of drug that would contaminate a property to such an extent that it made it unlivable for the next tenant until it was cleaned.
 
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Bill to set cleanup standards for fentanyl is signed into law.
 
SACRAMENTO – Earlier this year, Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) introduced a bill to add fentanyl to the Methamphetamine Contaminated Property Act of 2005 in order to set interim cleanup standards for fentanyl-contaminated property and to provide direction to local health officers for the oversight and cleanup of fentanyl-contaminated properties. The measure has been signed into law.
 
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

SACRAMENTO – A bill authored by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) to require local health agencies to post advisories at California lakes, streams and rivers regarding what types of, and how much, fish can be safely eaten, has been signed into law by Governor Newsom.

Monday, October 7, 2019
Monday, October 7, 2019
Olivia Buccieri, The Daily Californian
 
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a package of 22 bills for California’s wildfire mitigation and preparedness efforts Wednesday, building on the $1 billion allocated for wildfire and emergency investment in the budget.
 
Multiple Assembly members and senators contributed individual bills related to wildfire intervention, ranging from fire prevention techniques to mitigating climate change through clean energy policies.
 
Lenya Quinn-Davidson, an area fire advisor for the UC Cooperative Extension, worked closely on AB 38 with Assemblymember Jim Wood’s office, D-Santa Rosa. AB 38 works to develop community-wide resilience through home-hardening techniques and defensible space development. Assemblymember Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, author of AB 1584, wrote about the relevance of climate change in enhancing wildfire risk.
 
Thursday, October 3, 2019
I recommend a petnup.
 
Steven Petrow, New York Times
 
“I have some good news,” my divorce lawyer told me during our second consultation in her downtown Durham, N.C., office. Before divulging it, she asked a question: “Are you willing to pay $16,000 for Zoe?”
 
In our first meeting I’d explained to the lawyer, Milan Pham, that I didn’t really care about our “stuff.” “North Carolina state law is clear,” she told me. “Community property — property acquired during the marriage — is to be divided equally.” Anything Jim and I had owned separately before the marriage was still his and his.
 
But Zoe was not “stuff.”