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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Wielding his pen, Gov. Jerry Brown has reinforced the Affordable Care Act, stood up to pharmaceutical companies and boosted testing for childhood lead poisoning.

Brown had until Sunday, Oct. 15,  to approve or reject measures passed by the legislature this year, Brown weighed in on some key health care bills, including measures to protect Californians who buy insurance for themselves.

One law will ensure that consumers have three months to shop for health plans in future years, rebuffing a move by the Trump administration that cuts that time in half. Another law will help people keep their health care providers if insurers cancel their policy.

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) 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.


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.