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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

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. 

“I am truly honored and thankful to be recognized by the California Council on Science and Technology,” said Assemblymember Quirk.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Sarah Brady, California Council on Science and Technology

The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization established via the California State Legislature to serve state leaders, is proud to announce the recipient of its CCST Leadership Award for Science in Public Service.

This year’s awardee, Assemblymember Bill Quirk, will be recognized during the CCST Science & Technology Week Reception and Leadership Awards Ceremony, Monday, February 4, 2019, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at The MiX in Sacramento. The greater Capitol community is invited to attend. This event kicks off a week of events hosted by CCST at the State Capitol.

Monday, February 4, 2019

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.

There will be free and reduced cost pet adoptions to qualified homes. The shelter will also be taking donations for those who already have furry companions and would like to take a photo at the Valentine's Day themed photo booth.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

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

Monday, January 28, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), Chair of the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee, introduced AB 292 to update the terms of the uses of recycled water in to state in order to reflect how recycled water is currently used.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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.

“This was a mutt they got at the pound, and it wasn’t worth money,” said family attorney Erin Levine of Oakland, California, who represented the husband and said the judge gave her grief for not settling the dispute out of court in the 2015 case. “There was no way we weren’t going to litigate this; they were so attached to the dog.”

Saturday, December 29, 2018
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

"I'm very excited," said David Favre, a professor who teaches animal law at Michigan State University College of Law. "It's important for humans and animals."

The law was sponsored by dog owner and state Assembly member Bill Quirk and signed by dog lover Gov. Jerry Brown (Lucy, a borgie, is the state's first dog and Cali, a bordoodle, is the first deputy dog). The measure empowers judges to consider "the care of the pet animal" and create shared custody agreements.

Monday, December 3, 2018
Assemblyman Quirk being sworn in to the CA State Assembly 2018 photo
Thursday, November 1, 2018
John P. Paone, Jr., Esq. and Victoria E. Paone, Esq, The Two River Times
 
Americans have a love affair with pets. According to a recent survey, “three-fourths of Americans in their 30s have dogs, while 51 percent have cats.” It is not uncommon for people to spend thousands of dollars per year on pet clothing/accessories, food, photographs, medicine and the like. But what happens to “Fluffy” when parties go through a divorce?
 
Monday, October 29, 2018
Judges now have authority to decide who keeps the family pet in divorce the same way child custody is handled.
 
DVM360 MAGAZINE
 
A new law has been passed in California that grants judges the authority to decide who gets custody of the family pet in divorces cases, much as they decide child custody, according to the Associated Press (AP). Until now, pets have been considered property, a status that puts them in the same category as material items like TVs and vehicles.
 
A new bill signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown states that pets will still be considered community property, but the judge deciding who gets to keep the pet will be able to consider things like who feeds the pet, takes it to the veterinarian and walks it, the AP reports.