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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee, responsible for reviewing bills on topics including hazardous waste, lead contamination and water quality passed AB 1316 by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) on a 4 to 2 vote.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Dozens of California communities have experienced recent rates of childhood lead poisoning that surpass those of Flint, Michigan, with one Fresno locale showing rates nearly three times higher, blood testing data obtained by Reuters shows.

The data shows how lead poisoning affects even a state known for its environmental advocacy, with high rates of childhood exposure found in a swath of the Bay Area and downtown Los Angeles. And the figures show that, despite national strides in eliminating lead-based products, hazards remain in areas far from the Rust Belt or East Coast regions filled with old housing and legacy industry.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Growing national concern about lead poisoning in children has prompted a California lawmaker to introduce legislation to ensure that all of the state’s kids are tested for the toxic metal.

The bill, introduced by Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), would change the state’s Health and Safety Code to require testing for all children ages 6 months to 6 years.

Current regulations require lead testing only for children in government assistance programs, such as Medi-Cal and WIC, a supplemental nutrition program, as well as for kids who spend a significant amount of time in buildings built before 1978. That leaves many children untested who nevertheless may be exposed, said Quirk, who also chairs the Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) is named “Legislator of the Year” by the California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA).


“Assemblymember Quirk has given me advice for years. Anytime there is legislation impacting the cannabis industry, he always wants to know how CCIA feels about it,” said Nate Bradley, Executive Director of CCIA, before presenting Assemblymember Quirk with the award.


Monday, March 6, 2017

Assemblymember Quirk honors community activist Moina Shaiq at the 2017 Woman of the Year celebration.

Monday, March 6, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Today, the California Legislature celebrated Women’s History Month by honoring women who have contributed to their community. Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) chose to honor Moina Shaiq at this year’s Woman of the Year Ceremony.


“This annual celebration is an opportunity for us to collectively reflect on the strides women have made in our communities and how they have changed history. Moreover, I hope that this ceremony serves to inspire young women,” said Assemblymember Quirk.


Friday, February 17, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 1316 to require all children in California to be tested for lead.


Since the 1970s, federal and state policies banning the use of lead in gasoline and paint have resulted in drastic reductions in childhood lead exposure. However, legacy lead – in paint, plumbing, contaminated soil, water sources – means that children are still exposed to this toxic metal. Given the ages of California's infrastructure, lead exposure risks are ubiquitous.