Representing the 7th District
Dickinson School Discipline Reform Legislation Approved by Assembly Education Committee
Sacramento – Assembly Bill 420 authored by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) was approved yesterday by a unanimous bipartisan vote by the Assembly Education Committee. The bill would take a large step towards fixing California’s broken school discipline practices. In California alone, there are more than 700,000 student suspensions per year. AB 420 would curb the excessive use of willful defiance as a reason to suspend and expel students.
“Kids who have been suspended or expelled are five times more likely to drop out and 11 times more likely to turn to crime,” said Dickinson, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Delinquency Prevention and Youth Development. “We must address behavioral issues with alternative means of correction so we can keep young people in school and on track to graduate, and out of the criminal justice system.”
Ammunition Tax Considered by Key Assembly Committee
Dickinson Bill Seeks to Reduce the Incidence of Mental Illness
Assemblymember Dickinson speaking at his press conference regarding AB 760, which would impose a five cent per bullet tax.
Sacramento – Today, Assembly Bill 760 authored by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) was heard by the Assembly Revenue & Taxation Committee and will be voted on in the coming weeks. AB 760 would impose a five cent ($0.05) tax on each bullet sold in California. Further, the bill would dedicate the revenue collected to an existing program to screen young children for mild to moderate mental illness, and intervene with strategies to address their problems.
“Screening young children for signs of mental illness and addressing any issues early on is the key to a healthier and more productive adult life. A limited tax on ammunition is a small price to pay for better mental healthcare for California’s kids,” said Dickinson.
Legislation to Increase Access to Financial Institutions Approved by First Committee
Sacramento – Today, the Assembly Banking & Finance Committee approved Assembly Bill 385 authored by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) which would establish the Bank on California Program within the new Department of Business Oversight on a unanimous bipartisan vote. The bill gives the program a permanent home and establishes it in statute indefinitely.
“This bill will ensure that the Bank on California Program will stand the test of time but more importantly, that more unbanked Californians join the financial mainstream by becoming banked,” said Dickinson, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Banking and Finance. “With a bank account, unbanked Californians can achieve financial security, start to save for the future, and establish a credit history,” he added.
Dickinson Bill to Ban the Sale of Certain Guns Approved by Policy Committee
Sacramento – Today, Assembly Bill 169 authored by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) was approved on a 5-2 vote by the Assembly Public Safety Committee. The bill would close the loophole in law that currently allows the private party transfer of “unsafe handguns” to individuals not eligible to buy them. It further closes a loophole that presently allows some buyers to purchase an unsafe handgun if that handgun was previously modified to be a single shot weapon.
“AB 169 will keep non-rostered, unsafe handguns out of the hands of people who don't have a legitimate and lawful reason to own them. By limiting the guns available for sale we can further protect our families and our communities from gun violence,” said Dickinson.
Dickinson Bill to Ban the Sale of Animals at Swap Meets and Flea Markets Approved by First Policy Committee
Sacramento – Today, Assembly Bill 339 authored by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) was approved by the Assembly Public Safety Committee on a bipartisan 6-0 vote. The bill would prohibit the sale of animals at swap meets and flea markets in order to prevent the suffering of animals, protect consumers, and eliminate the public health and safety risks and potential threats of disease outbreaks associated with such sales.
“Animals are currently being sold at flea markets and swap meets in often abysmal conditions where there is no legal oversight of the seller and no consumer accountability,” said Dickinson. “AB 339 would prohibit the sale of animals at swap meets and flea markets to alleviate the suffering of these animals, ensure that public health and safety is protected, and safeguard consumers,” he added.
Dickinson Bill to Increase Fairness in Government Hiring Approved by Policy Committee
Bill Would Maximize Employment Opportunities and Increase Public Safety
Sacramento – Today, Assembly Bill 218 by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) was approved by the Assembly Judiciary Committee on a 6-3 vote. The bill would prohibit requesting criminal background information on the initial employment application for local and state government employees, with the goal of reducing unnecessary barriers to employment for the one in four adult Californians who have an arrest or conviction record. If passed, California would join six states and over 40 cities and counties across the United States that have adopted similar legislation.
Policy Committee Approves Bill to Hold People Accountable for Committing Financial Abuse of Seniors
Sacramento – Today, Assembly Bill 140, authored by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento), was approved on a 7-3 vote by the Assembly Judiciary Committee. The bill would help protect seniors by modernizing the definition of undue influence for elder financial abuse and related probate matters, a definition that has not been revised for over 140 years.
“A population as vulnerable as seniors and dependent adults deserve statutory protection to ensure that when a senior is unduly influenced, that senior has an ability to recover what has been lost,” said Dickinson.
California Law Enforcement Leaders Honor Assemblymember Dickinson with 2013 CrimeFighter Award
Sacramento – Members of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids recognized Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) today for his efforts to reform school discipline and to promote effective crime prevention strategies.
“The wellbeing of California’s children has always been one of my top priorities,” said Assemblymember Dickinson. “I am honored to receive this recognition from Fight Crime: Invest in Kids. I very much appreciate their work on the front lines to keep our communities safe and ensure our children have the tools that they need to succeed in school and in life.”
Dickinson Sends Letter to Mayor, City Council on Downtown Arena Vote
Sacramento – Today, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) has sent the letter below to Mayor Kevin Johnson and the Sacramento City Council urging them to approve the term sheet to construct a new Sports and Entertainment Center in Downtown Sacramento at tonight’s vote.
Dickinson Announces Online Privacy Legislation
Sacramento – Today, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) announced AB 844 which would protect consumers' personal information when making credit card purchases online. The bill is in response to the recent ruling by the California Supreme Court that online retailers can continue to require customers purchasing with credit cards to provide personal information.
"AB 844 increases consumer privacy while also ensuring appropriate fraud and identity theft protection. The bill will better protect consumers' privacy by safeguarding against the exploitation of personal information," said Dickinson, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Banking and Finance.
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