Sunday, October 15, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill (AB) 840 by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), that changes how unsigned vote-by-mail (VBM) ballots are returned and clarifies current ballot counting, has been signed into law.


Under current law, if a voter forgets to sign his VBM, the voter has until eight days after the election to submit a signed ballot statement in person or via fax. AB 840 will allow a voter to submit electronically.


Saturday, October 14, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill (AB) 1145, by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) to create parity in how utility and communication companies are reimbursed for the forced undergrounding of above ground and subsurface infrastructure, has been signed into law.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Sacramento, CA – On October 6, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 231 (Hertzberg) and Assembly Bill 574 (Quirk) into law, paving the way for California communities to tap two climate-smart local water sources: rainwater and drinkable recycled water. California Coastkeeper Alliance and ten local Waterkeeper organizations championed the bills because they advance water security while reducing polluted runoff that contaminates rivers, streams, and coastal waters.

“Recycled water and rainwater harvest are win-win solutions. We have just put these climate-smart water supplies in reach for more California communities,” says California Coastkeeper Alliance Policy Director Sean Bothwell. “Senator Hertzberg and Assemblymember Quirk’s legislation will help us turn a liability into an asset by reducing flooding and pollution while bolstering local water supplies. This is how California leads.”

Friday, October 6, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill (AB) 574, by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), to expand California’s ability to use recycled water, has been signed into law.

“California is a world leader in potable reuse, using highly purified recycled water for drinking water purposes.  The use of recycled water for non-potable uses such as agricultural and landscape irrigation is already well established and has been regulated for decades in California,” said Assemblymember Quirk. 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill (AB) 1316, by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) and Assemblymember Christina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), to improve California’s program for testing children who may have been exposed to lead poisoning, has been signed into law.


Under current guidelines, doctors are only required to ask parents if children live, or spend a majority of their time, in pre-1978 homes. However, data released by the Environmental Working Group in September found that a third of young California children at risk for lead poisoning are not being tested.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill (AB) 245, a bill by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), to align the maximum penalty the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) can levy against a facility or individual, that violates the Hazardous Waste Control Law (HWCL) to the federal maximum, has been signed into law.


Friday, September 29, 2017

(San Francisco) – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), several other Assembly Democrats, housing advocates, labor and business leaders joined Governor Brown in San Francisco as he signed a comprehensive package of bills to help address the supply and affordability of housing in California. “We need to build housing,” said Assemblymember Quirk. “We cannot, in certain areas, take on more jobs because there is no place for people to live.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/quirk

Thursday, September 28, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill (AB) 333, by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), that transfers ownership of a portion of State Route-185 (SR-185) within unincorporated Alameda County from CalTrans to the county has been signed into law.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bills (AB) 1438 and 1439, by the Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials (ESTM), have been signed into law. ESTM was led by Chairman Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) and Vice-Chairman Brian Dahle (R-Redding).

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A third of young California children at risk for lead poisoning are not being tested despite state and federal laws that require it, according to a new study—a problem at least partly addressed by legislation now on the governor’s desk.

Researchers using data from the state Department of Public Health found that 160,000 children 1 and 2 years old who needed testing never received it. That’s a 34 percent failure rate, the study says.

“Our most vulnerable kids, the ones that are the most lead-poisoned, are not getting tested,” said Susan Little, who led the study for the Environmental Working Group, an advocacy organization that crossed the state’s testing reports with census figures. “The state is failing its mandate.”