Press Releases

Monday, July 31, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill (AB) 549, authored by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), to ensure firefighters are properly notified when municipalities approve a building permit for an electrified security fence has been signed into law.

Existing law requires that signage be placed along a property indicating when there is an electrified security fence present. However, there is no requirement that the local firefighters or fire marshal be notified when a permit is approved. This poses a potentially significant safety risk for firefighters responding to an emergency call at these locations.

Monday, July 31, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill (AB) 1480, authored by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), to reduce fraudulent activity related to the pesticide applicator licensing process, has been signed into law.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Utility worker removes metallic film balloon from power line in Santa Monica in March 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill (AB) 1091, authored by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), to decrease the amount of power outages caused by metallic film balloons, also known as Mylar, has been vetoed.

Each year, electric utilities experience hundreds of power outages caused by the release of Mylar balloons when they come into contact with power lines. Over 1 million customers have been affected by a power outage caused by a metallic film balloon since 2015. CAL FIRE documented two fires in 2013 and 2015 caused by metallic film balloons, which burned over 10,000 acres combined, and cost millions of dollars to suppress.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill (AB) 895, authored by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), will modernize the process for submitting important campaign related information to the Secretary of State.

 

The Political Reform Act requires nearly all elected officials, candidates and committees to file both electronic and paper reports of donations, revenues and expenditures to the Secretary of State. Specifically, AB 895 will remove the need to submit multiple paper copies and move to electronic filing only.

 

Friday, July 21, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Furthering the State’s continued efforts to address the effects of climate change, California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird today announced the appointment of 14 leaders in state climate science and infrastructure design to the Climate-Safe Infrastructure Working Group.

Friday, July 21, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill (AB) 1044, authored by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), will provide critical information to vote-by-mail (VBM) voters on how to verify if their ballot was counted.

 

In October 2002, President George W. Bush signed the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) to improve the administration of federal elections.  HAVA directed states to develop a platform voters can access to ascertain whether or not their vote was counted, and, if it was not counted, the reason why it was not counted.

 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Earlier this month, the Department of Toxic Substances Control issued enforcement action against eight retailers in Oakland and three wholesale suppliers in Los Angeles for allegedly selling costume jewelry for children and adults containing dangerous levels of lead and cadmium.