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Friday, February 21, 2020
Bill Would Ban 12 Highly Toxic Chemicals
 
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – On Thursday the California Assembly reintroduced the Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act, A.B. 2762. If passed, the law would ban 12 toxic ingredients, such as mercury and formaldehyde, from the beauty and personal care products Californians use every day.
 
“More than 40 other nations protect their citizens from harmful cosmetics,” said Susan Little, EWG’s senior advocate for California Government Affairs. “But the U.S. has done little to ensure consumers are not exposed to unsafe ingredients in personal care products. A.B. 2762 would prevent cosmetics manufacturers from adding some of the most toxic chemicals to cosmetics sold in California.”
 
Thursday, February 20, 2020
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) is taking action in addressing a major economic inequality occurring on a daily basis by putting an end to the poor subsidizing credit card benefits to the wealthy.  AB 2695 eliminates the ban retailers have with regard to charging a surcharge on credit card transactions.
 
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
SACRAMENTO – A coalition of Democrats introduced a package of legislation to address the findings of a state audit report which found more than a million children did not receive their required blood lead tests and services.
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Debra Kahn, Politico
 
The Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee approved a bill today that would give the state far more power to restrict chemicals in cosmetics.
 
CA AB495 (19R), by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) and Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland), would model the state's rules after the European Union's by specifying a list of toxic chemicals that can't be contained in cosmetics, including formaldehyde, asbestos, mercury and several categories of a chemical known as PFAS. The bill would give the state the authority to impose recalls, injunctions and civil or criminal penalties for violations.
 
The bill passed 5-0 with Assemblymembers Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno), Devon Mathis (R-Visalia), Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore) and Jay Obernolte (R-Big Bear Lake) not voting.
 
Monday, January 6, 2020
Assemblymember Quirk 2020 First Bills Across Desk jpg
Assemblymember Quirk 2020 First Bills Across Desk jpg
Monday, January 6, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) today called for action on the unfolding global climate crisis with the introduction of his resolution, ACR 143.

 

Citing his time at NASA, Quirk explained, “The impacts of climate change have become increasingly clear and increasingly dire over the 40 years that I’ve studied what is happening to the planet. In fact, the model I developed when I worked at NASA, which is still in use today, indicates that we are in a full-blown crisis. We couldn’t have anticipated the magnitude of what we are seeing today.”

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.