News from the Capitol and District – June 2016

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Dear Constituent,

I hope your summer is off to a great start! This e-newsletter is designed to help keep you informed about issues affecting the 57th Assembly District, as well as the California State Legislature.

I invite you to follow me on social media for daily updates from the district and Capitol:

Facebook: @AssemblyMajorityLeaderIanCalderon
Twitter: @IanAD57
Instagram: @MajorityLeaderIanCalderon

My district staff and I are here to assist you when experiencing difficulties with state agencies. If you are struggling with a state agency and need casework assistance, please do not hesitate to contact my office. My role is to ensure a fair and thorough review of your case and seek a timely response from the appropriate agency.

It is an honor to serve this district. I look forward to working with you to improve the lives of all Californians.

Sincerely,

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Ian C. Calderon
Assemblymember, 57th District

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Legislature Passes 2016-2017 State Budget

The 2016-2017 Budget reflects California’s priorities and is a work in fiscal prudence. The Budget invests money where we need it most and plans for hard times. I am happy to report that this budget includes funding for key policy priorities of the Assembly Speaker and the Democratic Caucus. These include:

  • The repeal of the Maximum Family Grant, so that parents are no longer penalized simply for being poor;
  • An increase of over $530 million in funding for child care and preschool;
  • $100 million over three years to support the Primary Care Residency Program and allow California trained doctors to remain in California.
  • An effort to keep low-income families from losing everything when a loved one dies after a long illness where the treatment was paid for by Medi-Cal.
  • An increase of funding for both CSU and UC to expand enrollment of California students.
  • $400 million set-aside for affordable housing.
This budget also sets aside $8.5 billion in reserves, including $2 billion in the Rainy Day fund, putting us above the required legal amount and ensuring that we are building a stable California for generations to come.

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Legislative Update

I have introduced legislation to address a wide range of issues, and I wanted to highlight the following bills which are currently moving through the legislative process.

AB 1668 (Right to Try Act): would allow terminally ill patients to seek an investigational drug, product, or device from a product manufacturer when other treatment options have been exhausted. It would remove barriers for patients who need to immediately obtain those treatments, and protects physicians, hospitals, and manufacturers from retribution. Here’s the latest from the LA Times: Lawmaker to retry 'right-to-try' bill to let gravely ill access experimental drugs.

AB 2079 (Staffing Ratios at Nursing Facilities): requires skilled nursing facilities to publicly post, at all times, the number of direct caregivers on duty and would raise the minimum number of direct care service hours from 3.2 to 4.1, transforming the care and environment in nursing homes to provide a more person centered level of care.

AB 2231 (Civil Penalties for Care Facilities): increases the civil penalty for repeat violations (other than death and serious bodily injury) in care facilities. For repeat violations, the civil penalty is increased to $100 per day. For more serious violations, a $500 immediate penalty is imposed, and $100 per day that the violation continues. For repeat serious violations, a $1,000 immediate penalty is imposed, and $100 per day that the violation continues.

AB 2546 (Financial Literacy): requires the Instructional Quality Commission to include financial literacy in six different grade levels during its next curriculum framework update. Specifically, AB 2546 will require the addition of two courses of age-appropriate financial education in kindergarten through 5th grade, two courses in middle school, and two courses in high school.

AB 1899 (Life Insurance Test Languages): requires the California Department of Insurance to offer the examination for a license of a life agent, life-only agent, and accident and health agent in both English and Spanish. In addition to protecting Spanish-speaking consumers from miscommunication or fraud, the measure would provide native Spanish speakers an equal opportunity to take a licensure examination and enter an important part of the workforce.

AB 2320 (Drone Regulation):clarifies that it is unlawful to employ Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the conduct of activities already unlawful in California. Specifically, AB 2320 prohibits the following the use of UAS to knowingly and intentionally interfere with “first-responder” law enforcement or emergency personnel at the scene of an emergency, the use of UAS by Registered Sex Offenders, the use of UAS to knowingly and intentionally introduce contraband into a correctional facility, and the use of UAS to knowingly and intentionally engage in stalking, harassment or violate a restraining order.

AB 2519 (Afterschool Safety Plans): expands the school safety planning committee to include coaches, and alters the definition of “safety plan” to include medical emergencies that may occur during sanctioned activities before and after school. 

AB 598 (Family Child Care Education Networks): amends current law to provide consistency in administering Family Child Care Home Education Networks programs through the use of appropriate assessment tools to evaluate Family Child Care Homes within these networks. The measure also codifies the expectations for both the contracting agency and the provider in administering child care programs within these home settings.

AB 1687 (Age-based Employment Discrimination): requires web sites that provide employment related services on a subscription basis to remove date of birth information on the request of the subscriber. The measure will prohibit commercial online entertainment employment service providers from publishing or sharing a subscriber’s birthdate or age information upon request by the subscriber and specifies that online entertainment employment service providers have five days to comply with a subscriber’s request to remove age information.

AB 582 (Entrepreneur in Residence Act): would establish the Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) Program within the Government Operations Agency (GOA) to utilize the expertise of private sector to help make state governmental activities and practices more streamlined and accessible.

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Fourth of July Celebrations and Safety

4th of July

This Fourth of July we celebrate the 240th birthday of the Declaration of Independence. 

While neither the Constitution nor the Declaration of Independence were “perfect” documents, they contained such passion for the rights of humanity that they worked back then and still work to this day.  As the years passed, the documents evolved to include freedom for African Americans, women and various groups who were not included at the time of the original documents.  We have evolved into a diverse society that strives for "freedom and justice for all."

The feeling about the sanctity of America's Independence Day was best expressed in the following quotation from the July 18th, 1777 edition of the Virginia Gazette:

"Thus may the 4th of July, that glorious and ever memorable day, be celebrated throughout America, by the sons of freedom, from age to age, till time shall be no more."

Here are a few tips to help you and your family stay safe this Fourth of July;:

  • Fireworks are not toys. Fireworks complying with strict regulations enacted by the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission in 1976 function primarily by burning to produce motion and visible or audible effects. They burn at approximately the same temperature as a household match and can cause burn injuries and ignite clothing if used improperly.
  • NEVER give fireworks to young children. Close, adult supervision of all fireworks activities is mandatory. Even sparklers can be unsafe if used improperly.
  • Select and use only legal devices. If you choose to celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks, check with your local law enforcement agency to determine which fireworks can be legally discharged in your area.
  • Homemade fireworks are deadly. Never attempt to make your own devices, and do not purchase or use any kits that are advertised for making fireworks. Mixing and loading chemical powders is very dangerous and can kill or seriously injure you. Leave the making of fireworks to the experts.

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Senior Scam Stopper Seminar

I’ve partnered with the Contractors State License Board to host a FREE Senior Scam Stopper Seminar on July 12 in Whittier.  A panel of experts will provide information to seniors on how to protect themselves from becoming victims of fraud.  Attendees can get answers to their questions and obtain assistance if they have been scammed.

Join us on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon at the Whittier Senior Center on 13225 Walnut Street, in Whittier.

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College and Career Fair in September

In partnership with the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District, I will be hosting the Annual 57th Assembly District College and Career Fair on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at La Puente High School in La Puente.

High school seniors within the 57th Assembly District and scheduled to graduate in spring of 2016 are eligible to compete in an Essay Contest. Three students will be selected to receive $1000 scholarships; the winners will be announced at the College & Career Fair and must be present to receive their scholarship award!

For more information about the Essay Contest or the College & Career Fair, please contact my district office at (562) 692-5858.

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