Thursday, May 28, 2015

Motorcycle lane-splitting — the rush-hour time saver for bikers that enrages many drivers — may be poised for formal legalization.

California would be the first state to sanction the traffic-evading tactic, already widespread on traffic-choked freeways of Los Angeles.

The state Assembly is expected to approve the legislation as soon as Thursday, and supporters believe it will clear the Senate as well.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

SACRAMENTO – On January 14, 2014, an elderly woman lost control of her vehicle and crashed into the New Bridges Presbyterian Church in Hayward. The vehicle accelerated, nearly hitting several people in the church courtyard before smashing through a wooden fence, crashing through the church's double doors then driving through the church vestibule.

Vehicle-into-building crashes, like the one New Bridges Presbyterian Church experienced, have been reported to occur as many as 60 times per day in the United States. According the Storefront Safety Council, between 2013 and 2014, there were over 380 reported incidents in California.  Motivated by data and reports of these incidents, Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) sought to propose new legislation to address this serious problem.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

On April 23, 2014, an elderly driver, attempting to park in a disabled parking stall in front of Farrell’s in Buena Park accidently pressed on the gas pedal. The driver crashed into the store, killing one patron and injuring several others.

Vehicle-into-building crashes, like the one Farrell’s experienced, have been reported to occur as many as 60 times per day in the United States. Evidence suggests that more than 3,600 people are seriously injured every year nationwide, with more than 500 killed due to this type of accident.

Most of these crashes can be prevented with some simple and inexpensive steps.

Monday, April 13, 2015

FREMONT – Assemblymember Bill Quirk attended the 2015 Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair where he spent time visiting with students and learning about their creative and innovative science projects. In order to encourage more young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM), the Assemblymember established the ‘Bill Quirk STEAM Works Scholarship’. This Scholarship is awarded to a student in the 20th Assembly District who participates in the Fair and shows an interest in the field of physics. After much deliberation, the Assemblymember awarded Vanessa Wang of American High School in Fremont, California this year’s $1,000.00 scholarship for her project entitled Little Insect.

Monday, March 16, 2015
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Spurred by deadly crashes involving cars plunging into stores, day care centers and other sites, a California lawmaker has introduced a bill to prod commercial property owners to install special safety barriers.

The measure, if approved, would give California the nation’s first state law encouraging wider use of bollards, a type of barrier already found in front of some stores and sidewalks to block wayward vehicles.

The bill’s author, Assemblyman Bill Quirk, said the hazard was brought to his attention last September after a car struck a day care center in the Sacramento area where his chief of staff, Sean Henschel, has two young sons. There were no serious injuries in that accident.

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AB 33: GHG Reductions: Road to 2050. Requires the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to develop a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target to be met by year 2050, which shall include a robust economic assessment of the programs and strategies proposed to reach that GHG reduction target.

AB 51: Lane Splitting: Safety Standards. Makes it explicitly clear in statue that lane splitting is allowed as long as certain conditions are met.

Friday, February 20, 2015

(Sacramento) – With the recent instances of law enforcement’s alleged use of excessive force in California and across the nation, California State Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) wanted to take a closer look at the issue.  As Chair  of the Assembly Public Safety Committee, Assemblymember Quirk joined with the Senate to hold an informational hearing entitled, “Law Enforcement and Community Trust in California.”  The hearing brought together community leaders, law enforcement, educators, criminologists and elected officials to take a look at the problem, and to explore ways to build trust and find solutions.  Watch this Assembly Access Video to hear Assemblymember Quirk’s comments as he wrapped up the very informative hearing.

Monday, February 9, 2015

California State Assembly and Senate Public Safety committees to hold a joint informational hearing on February 10th

Please join Assembly Public Safety Chair Bill Quirk at a joint hearing with Senate Public Safety to discuss: Law Enforcement and Community Trust in California.  The hearing will bring together community leaders, law enforcement, educators, criminologists, and elected officials to find ways to build trust and confidence between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2015

Joint Hearing Assembly Public Safety Committee And Senate Public Safety Committee
ASSEMBLY MEMBER QUIRK, SENATOR HANCOCK, Chairs
9:30 a.m. to 12 noon and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - (please note lunch break from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.) - State Capitol, Room 4203 (Listen to this hearing)

For more, call Assemblymember Quirk’s Committee Office at 916-319-3744
Or visit: http://apsf.assembly.ca.gov/hearings

Friday, August 22, 2014

A pair of bills that would tighten California’s campaign finance disclosure laws has passed out of the legislature.

One would require the disclosure of the top five contributors to ballot measures; the other would require that paid actors appearing in campaign ads be identified as such.