Governor Brown Signs Key Pieces of Legislation by Assemblymember Quirk

AB 57: Provides that if a local jurisdiction fails to act on a wireless telecommunication facilities permit within the timeframe established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), then the permit shall be “deemed approved.”  This is a common sense measure that will encourage local governments and wireless providers to work together in a timely manner to ensure that California remains at the forefront of this digital revolution.

Governor Brown Signs Assembly Bill 793 – Promoting Consumer Access to Energy Management Technologies

SACRAMENTO –Governor Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 793 by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), which will increase the deployment of energy management technologies and will aid in achieving the State’s goal of doubling the energy efficiency of existing buildings.

“I am extremely pleased that the Governor has signed AB 793, which is a crucial step in ensuring that the State can meet its energy efficiency goals,” Quirk said.  “Study after study has shown that the more access customers have to their own energy use data, especially data that is provided in real-time or near real-time, the greater potential there is for significant energy savings, resulting in lower utility bills.”

Governor Brown Signs Assembly Bill 692 – Making California a National Leader in Alternative Low Carbon Transportation Fuel Investment

SACRAMENTO – Today, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 692 by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), making California a leader in reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from traditional transportation fuel. 

AB 692 defines “Very Low-Carbon Fuels” (VLCFs) and guarantees a market for those fuels. This bill sets a path to increasing VLCFs in the State’s fuel portfolio by 3 percent in 2017, increasing by 1 percent every year thereafter until 2024. The California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) sets aggressive goals for GHG reductions, increasing the use of VLCFs will help to meet those goals. 

Governor Brown Should Sign AB 764: Two Storefront Crashes This Week in Northern California Highlight Bay Area Lawmaker’s Assembly Bill to Reduce Similar Storefront Crashes

(Sacramento, CA) – Two storefront crashes in 24 hours highlight the need for Governor Brown to sign AB 764 into law. This morning, a car crashed through the front doors of a Livermore gym, killing a 49-year-old woman and injuring five others. Police said that an elderly woman inadvertently hit the gas instead of the brakes while parking, sending the vehicle crashing through the gym. Yesterday afternoon, a driver in Elk Grove drove into a store while attempting to park and injured an employee.

Right-to-die measure clears California Assembly on 43-34 vote

SACRAMENTO -- Legislation that would allow doctors to prescribe life-ending medication to terminally ill patients cleared a major hurdle Wednesday when the state Assembly narrowly passed the measure on a 43-34 vote after an emotionally wrenching debate that left many legislators in tears.

California State Senate Unanimously Supports Assembly Bill 764 - Focused On Reducing Storefront Crashes

SACRAMENTO – Today, the members of the California Senate unanimously voted to support the use of protective barriers. “AB 764 has brought much needed awareness to storefront crashes.” Assemblymember Quirk stated after the bill passed the Senate floor. “This bill will encourage the use of vehicle protective devices, including vehicle barriers in building and parking lot design.”

Assemblymember Quirk introduced AB 764 after learning about how common store front crashes are and how easily they can be prevented. “Most of these crashes and injuries can be prevented with some simple and inexpensive steps.” Many businesses that have experienced these accidents have installed barriers on their own.

Today, the bill is one step closer to becoming law. By passing out of the Senate Floor on a 40-0 vote, AB 764 now moves to the Assembly for amendment concurrence, before heading to the Governor’s desk.

Elected in 2012, Bill Quirk brings his PhD in astrophysics and career as an educator and scientist to the State Assembly.  He is the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Public Safety and a member of the Committees on Agriculture, Appropriations, Revenue & Taxation, and Utilities & Commerce.

Assemblymember Quirk Holds Hearing on Renewable Energy and Grid Integration

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), chair of the Assembly Select Committee on California’s Clean Energy Economy, held an information hearing entitled “Renewable Integration – Ensuring Grid Reliability.” The hearing examined how the state can most effectively integrate an increasing amount of renewable energy with the electricity grid.