New Legislation Will Ensure Thorough Locally-Conducted Environmental Cleanup

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), chair of the Assembly Environmental Safety & Toxic Materials Committee, introduced legislation to establish a state certification program for local health officers who oversee the cleanup of contaminated sites to ensure that they have the necessary expertise to carry out these responsibilities in a manner that is protective of public healt

Legislature Holds Hearing on California’s Consumer Protection Program

WHO:              Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward); Senator Ben Allen (D- Santa Monica); and, representatives from the venture capital, chemical, and product industries; environmental and public health organizations; and the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC).

California Council on Science and Technology Awards Assemblymember Quirk with the “Science in Public Service Award”

SACRAMENTO – As part of Science & Technology Week, the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) awarded Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) with the “Science in Public Service Award” Monday evening. The award was presented during the CCST Science & Technology Week Reception and Leadership Awards Ceremony at The Mix in Sacramento. 

Come find true love at the Hayward Animal Shelter

Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) and the Hayward Animal Shelter will be hosting their 4th Annual All Fur Love Pet Adoption Day. Come and help our furry friends find forever homes and learn about how to adopt a pet, proper pet care, animal safety laws and updates on current legislation protecting pets.

Assemblymember Bill Quirk Introduces Bill to Help Prevent West Nile and Zika Viruses

SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D – Hayward) has introduced legislation that will officially recognize a preventive surveillance system and database known as CalSurv Gateway, which tracks disease-spreading mosquitoes – where they are, where they’ve been, where they may be heading, and where new diseases might be emerging.

Doggie Divorce: Who Gets the Pet When Couples Split?

Elaine S. Povich, Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts

The divorce court judge was frustrated. The husband, in tears. The wife, adamant. The couple’s love for each other had ended, but each professed to love and want the dog. How would the judge decide?

The husband offered thousands of dollars to his soon-to-be-ex for the pit bull terrier mix named Sweet Pea. The wife wouldn’t accept the compensation, and insisted the dog was hers — a gift, in fact, from her husband.

New California divorce law: Treat pets like people — not property to be divided up

Dareh Gregorian, NBC News Digital
 

A new law being unleashed in California on New Year's Day will give pets' rights some bite in court cases.

The measure provides judges with the power to consider what's in the best interests of the animal in divorce cases, instead of treating them the way they've been treated by courts in the past — as physical property