Representing the 7th District
Assemblymember Dickinson Issues Statement on Legislative Analyst’s Office Report on California’s Fiscal Outlook
Sacramento – Today, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) issued the following statement in response to the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) report published today on California’s Fiscal Outlook for the 2014-2015 budget:
“The LAO’s latest Budget Fiscal Outlook, which projects a $5.6 billion reserve at the end of 2014-15 and an operating surplus of $9.6 billion by the end of 2018, is very encouraging news for California. With prudence and strategic expenditures, California will continue to restore cuts made in prior budgets to essential services like education and the courts, and also make necessary improvements to our state infrastructure.
Governor Signs Dickinson Bill to Increase Fairness in Government Hiring
“Ban the Box” Bill Maximizes Employment Opportunities and Increases Public Safety
Sacramento – Today, Assembly Bill 218 by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) was signed into law by Governor Brown. The bill prohibits 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. California joins nine states and over 50 cities and counties across the United States that have adopted similar legislation.
“I am proud that with this bill, the state and our cities and counties take an important step toward allowing people with a conviction history to compete fairly for employment without compromising safety and security on the job,” said Dickinson. “Stable employment significantly lowers recidivism and promotes public safety – a job is the best crime prevention program. This policy will open doors for qualified workers who have turned their lives around,” he added.
Bill to Hold People Accountable for Committing Financial Abuse of Seniors Signed into Law
Sacramento – Today, Assembly Bill 140, authored by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento), was signed into law by Governor Brown. The bill will 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.
“AB 140 will ensure that a population as vulnerable as seniors and dependent adults has the appropriate statutory protection in place so that when a senior is unduly influenced, that senior has an ability to recover what has been lost,” said Dickinson.
5,500 Signatures Delivered to Governor in Support of Bill to Maximize Employment Opportunities and Increase Public Safety
Sacramento - Today, nearly 5,500 petitions from California ColorOfChange members were delivered to Governor Brown in support of Assembly Bill 218 authored by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento). 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. The bill is currently awaiting action by Governor Brown.
Dickinson Bill to Clarify California's Green Building Standards Signed into Law
Sacramento - Today, Assembly Bill 341, authored by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento), was signed into law by Governor Brown. The bill will aid the process of developing a better California green building code.
"AB 341 begins the process of unifying green building codes into the main body of our state building code book, bringing clarity to the green code update process, and improving resources for implementation and training," said Dickinson.
Dickinson and Bloom Legislation to Ensure Continued Federal Transit Funding Signed into Law, Takes Effect Immediately
Sacramento – Today, Assembly Bill 1222 authored by Assemblymembers Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) and Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) was signed into law by Governor Brown. The bill will keep $1.6 billion in federal money flowing to transit agencies around the state, including more than $60 million in Sacramento, and will allow important transit projects to continue moving forward.
“I am grateful that Governor Brown signed AB 1222 into law today. It will ensure that capital and operating grants will continue to fund critical projects by creating a pathway to resolve current disputes between state and federal law,” said Dickinson. “Importantly, this bill will help keep workers on the job and the light rail extension to Consumes River College on track,” he added.
Legislation to Reform Money Transmission Act Signed into Law
Sacramento – Today, Assembly Bill 786 authored by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) was signed into law by Governor Brown. The bill reforms the California Money Transmission Act and provides clarity for existing licensees like PayPal and assists with removing market entry barriers to start-up payment technology companies.
“Technological innovation within the money transmission and payments industry has skyrocketed in the last few years, yet California's regulatory framework has lagged behind this innovation,” said Dickinson, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Banking and Finance. “Providing clarity to existing companies and new start-ups on licensing requirements will ensure a vibrant money transmission market place that is fair for business while protecting consumers,” he added.
Assemblymember Dickinson Issues Statement on Potential Federal Government Shutdown
Sacramento – Today, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) issued the following statement in response to the potential federal government shutdown tomorrow and what it means for Sacramento:
"Revelations that a federal government shutdown could have dramatic and far reaching effects on the Sacramento economy region are troubling. It is past time for those in Congress who would cause this shutdown in order to delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act to stop holding communities like ours hostage.
Assemblymember Dickinson Says Covered California Will Improve Quality of Health in Sacramento
(Sacramento) -- All eyes are on California as it implements Covered California, the Golden State's version of the federal Affordable Care Act. At a recent Covered California forum in Sacramento, California State Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) told the audience that Covered California will improve the quality of life in the Sacramento region by improving the health of our currently uninsured residents. Learn more in the Assembly Access Video as Assemblymember Dickinson explains this opportunity to get affordable, high-quality health insurance coverage.
Dickinson Legislation to Enhance Enforcement of Scam Artists Approved by Legislature, Sent to Governor
Sacramento – Assembly Bill 888 authored by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) was given final approval by the State Assembly on unanimous bipartisan vote. The bill would allow the State Bar to obtain the same relief of civil penalties, costs and attorney's fees, and remedies for consumers that courts may now award in civil enforcement actions by the Attorney General, district attorneys and city attorneys. AB 888 now goes to Governor Brown for his action.
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