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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.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

SACRAMENTO – The California Legislature celebrated Women’s History Month by honoring women who have contributed to their community. Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) chose to honor Hayward City Councilmember, Aisha Wahab, at this year’s Woman of the Year Ceremony.

“This annual celebration is an opportunity for us to collectively celebrate the strides women have made in our communities and how they have changed history. Moreover, I hope that this ceremony serves to inspire young women,” said Assemblymember Quirk.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Letters to the Editors: Former San Jose Councilman, Pierluigi Oliverio, The Mercury News

This bill will ban the cruel practice of cat declawing, which is similar to cutting off the first knuckle of a human finger.

Back in 2014, I hosted a community viewing of the documentary film “The Paw Project.” The veterinarian-filmmaker attended the city hall event, and participated in an audience discussion.

The film exposes the barbaric practice of declawing cats, and advocates for the termination of this unnecessary and harmful procedure. Declawing — which is much more aggressive than trimming fingernails and is similar to cutting off the first knuckle of a human finger — often leads to extreme anti-social and aggressive behavior in otherwise adoptable and companionable animals.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Zack Ruskin, SFWeekly

A new permitting program aims to regulate pot purchases — but not consumption — at certain large-scale cultural festivities. Again: not consumption.

District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman readily admits that the development and implementation of cannabis regulations in San Francisco has been a bit of an adventure so far.

“We’re in a brave new world here,” Mandelman says. “We’re making new laws and figuring stuff out as we go along.”

The latest edict on Mandelman’s agenda is the matter of permitting local cannabis events. Thanks to the efforts of California Assemblyman Bill Quirk, then-Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 2020 into law last September.

In essence, the bill allows cities in California to define and issue permits for local events that involve the commercial sale of regulated cannabis as long as the permit-holder also has the necessary state license.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Joan Morris, Bay Area News Group

A bill that would ban declawing of cats, a surgical procedure many consider cruel and unnecessary, has started its way through the California legislature.

Declawing has been banned in many parts of the world, and is illegal in San Francisco, Los Angeles and six other California cities.

“Declawed cats can suffer long-term physical complications as a result of declawing,” said  Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), who introduced the bill, AB 1230. “It’s not just a fancy manicure. It’s painful, unnecessary and needs to stop.”

When cats are declawed, the last joint on each toe is removed to prevent the claw from growing back. Many veterinarians have called the practice barbaric, causing unneeded pain and suffering, and leading to unexpected complications.

The most common reasons giving for declawing cats is to prevent them from tearing up the furniture or scratching their owners.

Monday, February 25, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) has introduced legislation that will improve labeling standards for dietary supplements containing live microorganisms, also referred to as over-the-counter (OTC) probiotics.

“It is important that consumers know exactly which and how many microorganisms they're consuming,” explained Assemblymember Quirk, “We cannot expect these products to be labeled consistently without standardization."