Representing the 7th District
Dickinson Introduces Legislation to Allow Tax Deduction for Animal Adoptions
Sacramento – Today, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento), introduced Assembly Bill 2326. The bill would provide an above the line tax deduction for California residents who adopt a companion animal from a qualified shelter or rescue organization.
“Sadly, our local animal shelters and rescues are being overrun with homeless pets,” said Assemblymember Roger Dickinson. “A tax deduction will encourage individuals and families looking for a pet to visit their local shelters, saving lives and helping to relieve the pressure on local shelters,” he added.
Dickinson Named Sacramento Habitat for Humanity Elected Official of the Decade
Sacramento – At an awards ceremony last night, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento), was presented with the “Elected Official of the Decade” award by Sacramento Habitat for Humanity.
“I am honored to receive this award from Habitat for Humanity,” said Assemblymember Roger Dickinson. “They do life-changing work, helping struggling families afford a home to call their own, and I will continue to help them in any way I can,” he added.
Dickinson Introduces Legislation to Make Health Care More Affordable for Vulnerable Californians
Sacramento – Today, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento), introduced Assembly Bill 2025. The bill would increase the Aged and Disabled Medi-Cal income eligibility threshold in order to keep pace with inflation to ensure seniors and those with disabilities are able to afford health care coverage.
“AB 2025 will bring the income eligibility threshold for seniors and the disabled that was set 14 years ago in line with inflation,” said Assemblymember Roger Dickinson. “This bill will ensure the most vulnerable Californians are not priced out of essential health care coverage,” he added.
Bill to Clarify Redevelopment Dissolution Signed into Law
Bill Allows Significant West Sacramento Projects to Move Forward
Sacramento – Late yesterday, Assembly Bill 471 authored by Assemblymembers Toni Atkins, Roger Dickinson, Henry Perea, and Phil Ting was signed into law by Governor Brown. The bill contains a number of important clean-up provisions that will improve the winding down of redevelopment agencies (RDAs). Some of these provisions will ensure that enforceable obligations of former RDAs can be satisfied, consistent with the law dissolving former redevelopment agencies. Additionally, AB 471 will help West Sacramento continue important projects that have stalled due to the elimination of RDAs.
“AB 471 will allow West Sacramento to create an infrastructure financing district (IFD). IFDs are becoming an increasingly important local development tool and are likely to be used in-lieu of the now defunct redevelopment law. Hopefully, important development projects in West Sacramento which would have proceeded under redevelopment can now move forward within an IFD,” said Dickinson, who represents West Sacramento.
Dickinson Introduces Farmers Market Consumer Protection Measure
Sacramento – Today, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) introduced AB 1871. In an effort to protect consumers, the bill clarifies standards regarding false and misleading advertising, direct marketing registration, food safety self-certification, inspection, and enforcement at certified farmers markets.
“Californians are fortunate to have the highest concentration of farmers markets in the nation,” said Dickinson. “AB 1871 will increase consumer protections and accountability at our certified farmers markets, protect local farmers, and help this growing sector of the economy continue to thrive,” said Dickinson.
Dickinson Introduces Legislation to Close Loophole in Gun Sales Law
Sacramento – Today, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento), introduced Assembly Bill 1964. The bill would close a loophole in current law that allows any person to purchase an “unsafe handgun” if it was previously modified to be a single shot weapon. These modifications are easily undone after the sale of the gun, returning the weapon to its original illegal semi-automatic configuration.
“AB 1964 will ensure that all handguns purchased through a dealer in California are handguns which meet all safety and firing tests and contain all state required handgun safety features,” said Assemblymember Roger Dickinson. “By limiting the guns available for sale we can further protect our families and our communities from gun violence,” he added.
Dickinson Introduces Legislation to Remedy Adoption Counselor Shortage
Sacramento – Today, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento), introduced Assembly Bill 1790. The bill would the improve stability of adoptive and guardianship families by increasing the pool of mental health professionals specializing in permanent placement of adopted children.
“Without the support of clinicians specializing in adoption issues, children adopted from foster care are at unnecessary risk for disruption from their adoptive family and return to foster care,” said Assemblymember Roger Dickinson. “This is preventable. AB 1790 will increase the pool of clinicians who understand the unique challenges facing adoptive families and in turn, give more foster children a permanent home,” he added.
Dickinson Calls for Audit of Board of Equalization Building Repair Costs
Introduces Bill to Move BOE Employees to Safer Facility
Sacramento – Today, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) sent a letter to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) requesting an audit of the overall costs to the state to repair and continue to house employees in the Board of Equalization (BOE) building at 450 N Street in Sacramento. The letter further requests an audit of the BOE’s other locations, and whether the state could increase efficiency, improve public safety for employees, and decrease costs by consolidating operations in a new facility. The Committee will meet to formally consider the request on March 4, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. in Room 126 of the State Capitol.
“In light of the significant costs to repair 450 N Street, operating inefficiencies of the BOE being housed in that building and four other satellite facilities, and the costs to the BOE of paying off bonds, I’ve requested an audit to analyze our current and future investment necessary to repair failing components of the building versus the cost of constructing a new, more efficient facility,” said Dickinson.
Dickinson Issues Response to the Governor’s State of the State Address
Sacramento – Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) released the following statement on Governor Brown’s State of the State Address given today in the Assembly Chambers:
“The Governor’s speech was rightly optimistic about California’s future, while prudently considering the challenges we still face. The encouraging increase in jobs, budget surplus, affordable healthcare for all, education reforms, and positive outcomes of public safety realignment are something to celebrate. California is back.
Nonetheless, Californians must work together and pitch in to mitigate the impacts of the draught we now face. More needs to be done to restore access to justice for all Californians. We must also focus on vulnerable populations like foster children and youth from underserved communities to ensure that they have the opportunity to thrive. Their success is essential to the future prosperity of California.”
Dickinson Introduces Legislation to Ban Internet Tobacco Sales
Assemblymember Roger Dickinson and bill supporters at a press conference today at the State Capitol announcing AB 1500 which would ban internet sales of tobacco and e-cigarettes.
Photo credit: Speaker’s Office of Member Services
Sacramento – Today, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento), introduced Assembly Bill 1500. The bill seeks to curb tobacco use, especially among young people, and improve public health by banning internet sales of tobacco and e-cigarettes.
“Although great progress has been made to curb teen smoking, the use of e-cigarettes and the internet availability of tobacco products pose a serious risk,” said Assemblymember Roger Dickinson. “AB 1500 will make it impossible for young people to order e-cigarettes or other tobacco products online thereby safeguarding them from the dangers of smoking,” he added.
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