Press Releases

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.

 

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).

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.