State Assembly designates this August as Muslim Appreciation Month

The California State Assembly passed a resolution Monday declaring August 2016 as Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month.

The resolution — officially called HR 59 — marks the first time any state has set aside a month in recognition of the Islamic faith. The bill, which was introduced by Assemblymember Bill Quirk, D–Hayward, and which was passed unanimously, applies only to this August, but Quirk’s Chief of Staff Tomasa Dueñas said the assembly member hopes that the body renews the resolution in the future.

Bill to Prevent Storefront Crashes is Signed into Law

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Quirk (D-Hayward) authored AB 2161 to bring needed awareness to storefront crashes and find a solution to the number of crashes that occur annually. In fact, according to data compiled by the Storefront Safety Council, vehicle-into-building crashes occur as frequently as 60 times a day. Evidence suggests that more than 3,600 pedestrians, store patrons and employees are seriously injured every year nationwide, with more than 500 killed due to this type of accident.

Bill to Prohibit the Use of Gas Chambers to Kill Dogs and Cats is Signed into Law

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Quirk (D-Hayward) has successfully banned the use of gas chambers to kill dogs and cats. Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed his bill, AB 2505.

In 1998 the legislature prohibited the use of carbon monoxide gas for the purpose of killings dogs and cats. Unfortunately, the use of carbon dioxide was not banned.

Bill to Prohibit the Use of Gas Chambers to Kill Dogs and Cats is sent to Governor Brown for Signature

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Quirk (D-Hayward) introduced AB 2505 to prohibit the use of gas chambers to kill dogs and cats after learning of a loophole in current law. “In 1998 the legislature prohibited the use of carbon monoxide gas for the purpose of killings dogs and cats and removed inspection requirements to ensure gas chambers were working properly” he stated. It was understood that this ban would end the use of gas chambers in California. Unfortunately, the use of carbon dioxide to kill dogs and cats was not explicitly banned.

“When I saw the scientific findings about how it induces pain and panic, I knew I had to take action and work on a bill,” he said. Assemblymember Quirk partnered with the Humane Society and the San Francisco SPCA to close this loophole after they discovered a shelter in Coalinga was killing animals in a gas chamber.

Scientists Recognized on Assembly Floor for Discovery

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Quirk (D-Hayward), Assemblymember Holden (D-Pasadena) and Assemblymember Obernolte (R-Hesperia) invited three scientists to the Assembly today to recognize them for their discovery of gravitational waves.

Gravitational waves were first predicted by Albert Einstein 100 years ago. These waves were created from the merging of two black holes that sent a ripple through the fabric of space 1.3 billion years ago.

Humane Society Rally - State Capitol

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Proud to be a co-author to AB 797 and giving Californians the Right to Rescue dogs in distressed in hot cars. Remember, even during mild days, the temperature inside a car can be 20-30 degrees hotter.