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Friday, September 28, 2018
Abby Hamblin, San Diego Union Tribune
Who gets the family pet in a divorce?
It depends on many factors, including what state the owners live in, but California just began a new era for how dogs, cats and other pets with a new law that will take affect in 2019. Passed on Thursday, it makes sure pets are seen as more than just property when it come time to split up assets in a divorce.
Here’s what you should know.
What does the new bill do?
Friday, September 28, 2018
John Woolfolk, Mercury News
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Friday raising the age to buy rifles and shotguns in California to 21 as he acted on a host of proposed gun laws inspired by the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting massacre.
California currently bans handgun sales to people younger than 21, but other firearms including rifles and shotguns can be bought at age 18.
Under Senate Bill 1100 by Senator Anthony J. Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge, all firearm buyers must be at least age 21.
Portantino introduced his bill after a 19-year-old expelled student bought a military-style semiautomatic rifle and later allegedly marched into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day and fatally shot 14 students, a teacher, coach and the athletic director. Authorities charged Nikolas Cruz with 17 counts of murder.
Friday, September 28, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Earlier in the year, Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), met with a University of California professor who expressed frustration over California’s open meeting requirements, known as Bagley-Keene, and explained how these antiquated rules were actually hindering the ability of advisory committees to do their work.  


Friday, September 28, 2018

SACRAMENTO – In an effort to improve the impact and the effective of California’s LifeLine Program, Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) authored AB 2652. This bill, that would have improved the administration of the program by making it easier for customers to enroll and stay enrolled in the program, was vetoed by Governor Brown.


Administered by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the LifeLine program provides discounted home phone and cell phone services for qualifying low-income households to help consumers cover the costs of their phone bills. 

Friday, September 28, 2018

SACRAMENTO – A bill, authored by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), to help law enforcement trace the origins of firearms used in crimes has been signed into law.


Friday, September 28, 2018

SACRAMENTO – In 2016 Assemblymembers Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) and Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale), a retired California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer introduced AB 51 to grant the CHP authority to draft educational guidelines on lane splitting. Lane splitting occurs when a motorcycle drives between rows of stopped or moving traffic. AB 51 was signed into law in 2017 by Governor Jerry Brown.


Friday, September 28, 2018
John Rogers, NBC Bay Area
California courts could be going to the dogs — and maybe cats, too — under a new law granting judges authority to settle disagreements over who keeps the family pet in divorce cases the same way they handle child-custody disputes.
Until now, Fido and Kitty have been considered family property, a status giving them little more standing in a divorce than a family's big-screen TV.
Under a bill signed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown, pets will still be considered community property but a judge deciding who gets to keep them will have the discretion of weighing such factors as who feeds them, who takes them to the vet and on walks, and who protects them.