Press Releases

Friday, February 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) has introduced a bill to ban small lead fishing weights. 

“Small lead fishing weights, like splitshot, are killing California wildlife,” explained Assemblymember Quirk. “Many birds consume river gravel to aid in mashing and digesting food. Often they accidentally ingest discarded lead fishing weights. The lead poisons their liver, leading to a slow death. Water fowl, in particular, are common victims,” he added

Thursday, February 15, 2018

SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) introduced AB 2660 to simplify when consumer products are determined to be hazardous wastes, medical wastes or recyclable.

 

“Currently, the decision whether to treat shampoo or toothpaste as hazardous waste or medical waste or just waste, can be made by a teenager working at your local drug store. I have a background in astrophysics and would certainly have a hard time figuring that out,” explained Assemblymember Quirk who oversees the Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials.

 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Bill Seeks to Protect the Viability of California’s LifeLine Program

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) introduced a bill today to once again improve the impact and effectiveness of the LifeLine Program. Administered by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the program provides discounted home phone and cell phone services for qualifying low-income households to help consumers lower the cost of their phone bills. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

HAYWARD – In honor of the 24th annual World Spay Day, and in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) and the Hayward Animal Shelter hosted their third annual “All Fur Love” pet adoption event.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) has introduced a bill to address power outages caused by metallic film balloons when they come into contact with powerlines. 

 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) has introduced a bill that will require consideration of an animal’s interests in divorce proceedings and explicitly allow joint ownership of a companion animal.

 

AB 2274 expressly empowers judges to take into account the “well-being” of a companion animal. Alaska and Illinois have similar laws regarding treatment of pets in divorce proceedings.  

 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) introduced a bill today that would allow for law enforcement to more efficiently pinpoint the origins of recovered firearms used in crimes.