News from the Capitol and District – October 2016
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.
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I am also here to assist constituents when they are 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.
Majority Leader Ian C. Calderon
Assemblymember, 57th District
In this issue:
- Legislative Update
- College & Career Fair
- Red Ribbon Week
- Domestic Violence Prevention Month
- District Office Internships
I am pleased to announce that Governor Brown has signed nine of my bills into law this session:
AB 1668 (Right to Try Act): allows patients with an immediately life-threatening disease to seek investigational drugs when other treatment options have been exhausted. California is the 32nd state to enact “Right to Try” legislation.
I was proud to testify before the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on September 22, 2016 during a hearing titled “Exploring a Right to Try for Terminally Ill Patients,” and discussed my efforts in bringing Right to Try to California.
My testimony is available on my website.
AB 691 (Digital Assets & Privacy):establishes the Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act (RUFADAA) and authorizes a decedent’s personal representative or trustee (fiduciary) to access and manage digital assets and electronic communications. As Californians increasingly use online services to produce and store information, it is important to consider what happens to their stored online communications after they are deceased. The new law ensures that the decedent’s digital estate is administered properly while still protecting their privacy.
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 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 1241 (Piracy & Minimum Fines): requires a mandatory minimum fine of at least $1,000 for a second or subsequent conviction of audio or video piracy. While there are opportunities for the courts to establish fines, there are no mandatory fines in cases involving piracy of copyrighted, intellectual property, despite the unquestioned impact upon the entertainment and other industries affected by these illegitimate activities. This law will provide a more effective deterrence against those with a demonstrated disregard for the state’s piracy laws. The measure received unanimous support in the Assembly and Senate.
AB 2354 (Vehicle Service Contracts): authorizes vehicle service contract providers to cover the replacement of a vehicle’s key or electronic key-fob if it is lost, stolen, or damaged. Although keys and electronic key-fobs may be covered by a driver’s insurance policy, in most cases the cost of replacing it is below the deductible for the driver’s policy. The result is that the consumer has to pay the cost out-of-pocket, often several hundred dollars.
AB 1963 (Common Interest Developments): encourages disputes about construction defects in common interest developments to be settled or sent to alternative dispute resolution before a lawsuit is filed. The new law will ensure that homeowners and builders are able to continue to resolve disagreements in a cost-effective manner while carefully preserving the legal options of those involved.
College & Career Fair
Over 1,000 students and parents attended the Annual 57th Assembly District College and Career Fair on Saturday, September 17 at La Puente High School - an event I was proud to host in partnership with the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District and the East Valley Boys and Girls Club. The fair featured over 60 institutions of higher learning, as well as workshops covering various aspects of applying to college such as financial aid, career options, and personal statements. Six students were selected as the winners of the Essay Contest and received $1000 scholarships each.
Red Ribbon Week
Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. It serves as a vehicle for communities and individuals to take a stand for drug prevention and a personal commitment to live drug free lives.
This year Red Ribbon Week will be celebrated October 23-29, 2016. The state Legislature recently passed Assembly Concurrent Resolution 136, encouraging students to respect themselves and live drug-free.
The 2016 national theme for Red Ribbon Week is “Yolo – you only live once.”
Domestic Violence Prevention Month
Every year, well over one million women are abused by their husbands, boyfriends, or other romantic partners. And women are not the only ones affected—children and men can be the victims of this violence.
According to the California Department of Justice, there are, on average, more than 600 incidents of domestic violence reported every day in California, however domestic violence does not affect the victim alone, it also affects members of the family. In fact, between three to 10 million individuals are likely to be adversely affected by witnessing domestic violence perpetrated on another member of the family.
Each October, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) joins with law enforcement and health organizations throughout California to sponsor National Domestic Violence Awareness Month with activities to increase public understanding of this terrible crime. It is through public education that we can empower victims to seek assistance, and end the ongoing cycle of violence.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, or if you want to report someone who is a victim of domestic violence, you can call the 24-hour-a-day toll-free National Hotline, at 1-(800) 799-SAFE or 1- (800) 787-3224 (TDD).
District Office Internships
We're currently accepting district office internship applications for the fall. This is a great opportunity for high school and college students to learn about the operations of a state Assembly office and serve their community! For more information, please call (562) 692-5858 or visit my website.