Thursday, September 27, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Earlier this year, Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) introduced a bill, AB 2274, to give judges more direction about how to handle pet custody disputes in divorce proceedings. His bill will require judges to consider an animal’s interests in divorce proceedings and allow joint ownership of a companion animal.


Thursday, September 27, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Hazardous waste must be disposed of properly to protect public health and the environment. However, today Governor Brown vetoed AB 2474, by Assemblymember Bill Quirk’s (D-Hayward), which would have enabled California to identify this waste more humanely and accurately. 


Thursday, September 27, 2018
Bill signed into law gives jurisdictions right to regulate events
Philip Santos, Eureka-Times Standard
Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 2020 on Wednesday, granting local jurisdictions the power to determine where temporary cannabis events supporting on-site sale and consumption can happen.
This marks a drastic shift from the restrictions imposed by current law which according to California Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), “prohibits local governments from approving applications for cannabis sales at special events if they are held anywhere but on county fairgrounds.”
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Recognizing a gap in cannabis licensing and permitting, Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) authored AB 2020, to grant local jurisdictions the power to determine what venues temporary cannabis events can happen in. AB 2020 was signed into law by Governor Brown today.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Identifying a gap in current law regarding cannabis testing, Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) authored AB 2721 to allow individuals, 21 and over, to have the cannabis they grow for personal use tested by a laboratory. Today, this bill was signed by Governor Brown.


Current law requires that cannabis be tested, but cannabis testing laboratories can only accept cannabis from either licensed commercial entities or from primary caregivers or patients who grow cannabis for their own medical use.


Thursday, September 13, 2018

Lawmakers aim to wean the state’s electric grid off of fossil fuels

Julie Borg, World Magazine

California lawmakers voted this summer for strict energy legislation that would require the state’s electricity sources to be 100 percent carbon-free within less than 30 years. The bill, passed by the State Senate and Assembly and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 10, will bump up California’s current mandate, increasing from 50 percent to 60 percent the amount of renewable power generation required in the state by 2030. The ultimate goal: All California electricity would be produced without greenhouse gases by 2045.

Under the law, California will eventually need to get all of its electric energy from sources such as wind, solar, geothermal, and dams. Lawmakers claim they will hash out the specifics later.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill (AB) 2450, authored by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), to decrease the amount of power outages caused by metallic film balloons, also known as Mylar, has been signed into law.
Thursday, August 23, 2018

Sacramento had the second highest number of gun-tracing investigations in the state last year

Scott Thomas Anderson, Sacramento News and Review

A Roseville police officer shot in the face by a .45-caliber Glock in October 2013; a 13-year-old gunned down on the streets of Stockton with a .40-caliber Beretta in February 2015; a young woman killed on San Francisco’s Fishermen’s Wharf by a .40-caliber Sig Sauer in the summer of 2015; a 23-year-old executed by a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson on a Bay Area street in August 2017.

These crimes had a common denominator: They were committed with stolen firearms—weapons that later had to be traced.

Monday, August 20, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Earlier this year, Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) partnered with Alameda County District Attorney, Nancy E. O’Malley, to introduce a bill to clarify ambiguity on the role emergency medical technicians (EMTs) have in responding to domestic violence.


Thursday, August 16, 2018

Outside Lands’ brand-new cannabis area made the most of its limited options, but most visitors still left wanting more.

SF Weekly, Zack Ruskin

Even if California’s laws have never served as much of a deterrent for concertgoers sneaking pot into a venue, it’s appealing to casually stroll over to a tent and buy a pre-rolled joint with the same ease of buying a Heineken or a slice of pizza. Unfortunately, as Outside Lands attendees who visited Grass Lands this past weekend learned, such pleasures are not yet a reality.