Press Releases

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).

Thursday, August 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), chair of the Assembly Select-Committee on California's Clean Energy Economy held an informational hearing titled "Low Carbon Fuels: Methods of Procurement and Production."

"I have been studying climate change since the 1970s and am worried about the future," Assemblymember Quirk said in his opening statement. "As our climate becomes warmer and our oceans more acidic, we need to look at our policies and analyze what we are doing right and where there are areas for improvement."

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), chair of the Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials (ESTM) held an oversight hearing yesterday on Proposition 65.

Proposition 65 was enacted by voters in 1986 and requires the State to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm. Businesses are required to provide a warning to the public before knowingly and intentionally exposing anyone to a Proposition 65-listed carcinogen or reproductive toxin. Businesses are also prohibited from discharging these chemicals into water.

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.