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Friday, March 1, 2019

Zack Ruskin, SFWeekly

A new permitting program aims to regulate pot purchases — but not consumption — at certain large-scale cultural festivities. Again: not consumption.

District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman readily admits that the development and implementation of cannabis regulations in San Francisco has been a bit of an adventure so far.

“We’re in a brave new world here,” Mandelman says. “We’re making new laws and figuring stuff out as we go along.”

The latest edict on Mandelman’s agenda is the matter of permitting local cannabis events. Thanks to the efforts of California Assemblyman Bill Quirk, then-Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 2020 into law last September.

In essence, the bill allows cities in California to define and issue permits for local events that involve the commercial sale of regulated cannabis as long as the permit-holder also has the necessary state license.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Joan Morris, Bay Area News Group

A bill that would ban declawing of cats, a surgical procedure many consider cruel and unnecessary, has started its way through the California legislature.

Declawing has been banned in many parts of the world, and is illegal in San Francisco, Los Angeles and six other California cities.

“Declawed cats can suffer long-term physical complications as a result of declawing,” said  Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), who introduced the bill, AB 1230. “It’s not just a fancy manicure. It’s painful, unnecessary and needs to stop.”

When cats are declawed, the last joint on each toe is removed to prevent the claw from growing back. Many veterinarians have called the practice barbaric, causing unneeded pain and suffering, and leading to unexpected complications.

The most common reasons giving for declawing cats is to prevent them from tearing up the furniture or scratching their owners.

Monday, February 25, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) has introduced legislation that will improve labeling standards for dietary supplements containing live microorganisms, also referred to as over-the-counter (OTC) probiotics.

“It is important that consumers know exactly which and how many microorganisms they're consuming,” explained Assemblymember Quirk, “We cannot expect these products to be labeled consistently without standardization."

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Save The Kittens!

Monday, February 25, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) has introduced a bill that will allow kittens to be made immediately available for adoption to members of the public, waiving the three day hold period so that kittens who are 8 weeks or younger have a higher chance of a positive outcome.  

Monday, February 25, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) has introduced a bill to incentivize load serving entities to plan well-balanced portfolios to minimize impact on our shared electrical system.

Monday, February 25, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) has introduced a bill that that will end the unnecessary and inhumane surgery commonly known as declawing, for non-therapeutic purposes.  Declawing, also known as onychectomy or partial digital amputation, is the removal of the last toe bones in a cat's paws from which the claw grows.  The surgery is well-recognized to have no benefit to the animal and is mostly performed to stop cats from using their claws to scratch furniture.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) introduced a bill today that would prevent ticketing companies, like Ticketmaster, from allowing ticket scalpers to buy up large quantities of tickets and reselling them at inflated prices – sometimes as high as thirty times the ticket’s face value.