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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.

 

Friday, September 29, 2017

(San Francisco) – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), several other Assembly Democrats, housing advocates, labor and business leaders joined Governor Brown in San Francisco as he signed a comprehensive package of bills to help address the supply and affordability of housing in California. “We need to build housing,” said Assemblymember Quirk. “We cannot, in certain areas, take on more jobs because there is no place for people to live.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/quirk

Thursday, September 28, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill (AB) 333, by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), that transfers ownership of a portion of State Route-185 (SR-185) within unincorporated Alameda County from CalTrans to the county has been signed into law.

 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bills (AB) 1438 and 1439, by the Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials (ESTM), have been signed into law. ESTM was led by Chairman Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) and Vice-Chairman Brian Dahle (R-Redding).

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A third of young California children at risk for lead poisoning are not being tested despite state and federal laws that require it, according to a new study—a problem at least partly addressed by legislation now on the governor’s desk.

Researchers using data from the state Department of Public Health found that 160,000 children 1 and 2 years old who needed testing never received it. That’s a 34 percent failure rate, the study says.

“Our most vulnerable kids, the ones that are the most lead-poisoned, are not getting tested,” said Susan Little, who led the study for the Environmental Working Group, an advocacy organization that crossed the state’s testing reports with census figures. “The state is failing its mandate.”

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Lead is a major threat to children’s health, and an EWG analysis of California’s most recent lead testing data shows the state has fallen far short of its responsibility to test children at the highest risk of exposure.

The new EWG report, based on U.S. Census data and Department of Public Health data from 2013, estimates that at least one-third of high-risk 1-and 2-year-olds were not tested for the highly potent neurotoxin that can cause permanent brain damage in children. The records from 2013 are the latest such statewide data released by California’s lead testing program.

State regulations mandate that all children enrolled in Medi-Cal or other public assistance programs should be tested at 12 months of age and again at 24 months to see if intervention is needed to protect against further exposure.