Representing the 7th District
Dickinson Bill to Close Loophole in Law that Allows Child Predators to Remain Teachers Approved by Policy Committee
Sacramento – Today, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson’s (D-Sacramento) Assembly Bill 1717 was approved by the Assembly Education Committee on a bipartisan 10-0 vote. The bill would protect children by requiring the California Department of Social Services to notify school districts whenever an employee’s community care (foster care) license is revoked or suspended for certain offenses such as violating the personal rights of a child. The bill has previously been approved by the Assembly Human Services Committee and will next be heard by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
“AB 1717 would close a loophole in current law that has allowed known child abusers and predators to continue to teach our children and work in schools,” said Assemblymember Dickinson. “Allowing this to continue is unacceptable; AB 1717 will protect kids.”
Dickinson Bill to Bring Transparency to School Food Service Contracts Passes Policy Committee
Sacramento – Assembly Bill 1917 by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) was approved yesterday by the Assembly Higher Education Committee on a 6-3 vote. The bill would ensure that public education facilitates are informed of and remitted any discounts, rebates, allowances, and incentives received by a service contractor from its supplier. The bill has previously been approved by the Assembly Education Committee and will next be heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
Assemblymember Dickinson Bill to Bring Transparency to the CPUC Unanimously Approved by Policy Committee
Sacramento – Today, Assembly Bill 1541 by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) was approved on a unanimous 16-0 vote by the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee. The bill would subject the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to the state’s Public Records Act, make information submitted by utilities to the CPUC available for public review and bring the CPUC into line with the policy and practice of other public agencies in California. The bill has previously been approved by the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee and will next be heard by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
“The CPUC is charged with the critical role of regulating and overseeing safety of the natural gas system as well as protecting Californians from tragedies like San Bruno and Rancho Cordova,” said Assemblymember Dickinson, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review. “This bill would bring transparency and accountability to the CPUC with the primary goal of protecting public safety and increasing oversight.”
Assemblymember Dickinson Bill to Help Stimulate Local Economies Approved by Policy Committee
Sacramento – Today, Assembly Bill 1617 by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) was approved by the Assembly Banking and Finance Committee on a 8-3 vote. The bill would direct the State Treasurer to invest a certain level of state surplus funds in community banks and credit unions. The bill will next be heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
“Investment in underserved communities should be a high priority for the investment of any state taxpayer funds. Knowing that low income, high unemployment communities are better served by community banks and credit unions, AB 1617 would set a minimum investment policy for investing state money accordingly,” said Assemblymember Dickinson. “This is especially important given our current economic climate.”
Assemblymember Roger Dickinson Issues Statement On the Future of the Sacramento Kings' Arena
Sacramento - Today, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) released the following statement on the future of the Kings' arena in Sacramento:
"Today's announcement from the Maloofs is disappointing but not a surprise. Once again, the Maloofs have turned their back on a deal and shown their contempt for Sacramento. That is why I publicly called for new ownership over a year ago and why the NBA needs to act to preserve its credibility by brokering a change in ownership committed to Sacramento as soon as possible. The NBA is indispensable to any potential success of the future downtown arena.
As a long-time advocate of a downtown sports and entertainment facility, I remain hopeful that an arena can and will serve as the foundation of a vibrant and vital center of our region."
Assemblymember Dickinson Holds Hearing on Wasteful Spending in Health Care Districts
Sacramento – Today, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) convened a hearing of the Assembly Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review to discuss California’s Health Care Districts and their evolving role in public health.
Opening Remarks from Committee Chair Roger Dickinson at today's Accountability and Administrative Review Committee hearing on healthcare districts. (3:30) Assemblymember Dickinson provides a brief history of healthcare districts. (:58) Assemblymember Dickson says the question is not whether health care districts have exceeded their legal authority but whether the districts are the most appropriate use of tax revenues. (:23) Assemblymember Dickinson says today's hearing addressed two issues related to healthcare districts. (:20)
Recent media reports and local grand juries have found that 30 of 74 of California's taxpayer-funded health care districts no longer run hospitals, their original intent, while continuing to collect public dollars. Allegations of administrative waste, wrong doing, and lack of appropriate spending priorities persist, while unmet health care needs linger in their communities. The Committee questioned whether health care districts are still the best use of public funds and if they are using their resources to promote public health and welfare, especially given the current health care environment in the state.
Assemblymember Dickinson School Discipline Reform Bills Approved by Policy Committee with Bipartisan Support
Sacramento – Today, Assembly Bill 2241 and Assembly Bill 2242 by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) were approved by the Assembly Education Committee. The bills are aimed at fixing California’s broken school discipline practices. The bills are an outcome of the Assembly Select Committee on Delinquency Prevention and Youth Development hearing in December 2011 on school-based youth development and discipline.
“AB 2242 would reduce the number of expulsions and out-of-school suspensions and the accompanying poor outcomes for students. It would also reduce the extent to which these practices disproportionately impact students of color,” said Dickinson, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Delinquency Prevention and Youth Development. “This will result in more appropriate types of intervention with less academic student disruption, and better student outcomes.”
Assemblymember Roger Dickinson Issues Statement On Revised California High Speed Rail Business Plan
Sacramento – Today, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) released the following statement on the revised California High Speed Rail business proposal:
“The revised plan is a more fiscally cautious and realistic plan that will move this transformative project forward. I support the use of a blended system to merge the high speed rail with existing urban commuter rail lines. The improved urban rail lines will serve more people sooner. Completion by 2028 is an ambitious timeline that will need continued and reliable support from the Administration, the Legislature, the Federal Government, stakeholders, investors, and the public.
High Speed Rail is an historic and long overdue infrastructure investment that will have lasting economic benefits, employ hundreds of thousands of Californians, and improve mobility throughout our state, linking our communities for generations to come. We hold a vision of a transportation future for our state, and I look forward to continuing to be among many local and state leaders who are committed to bringing the vision to reality.”
Dickinson Bill to Bring Transparency to School Food Service Contracts Passes First Policy Committee
Sacramento – Assembly Bill 1917 by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) was approved today by the Assembly Education Committee on a 7-3 vote. The bill would ensure that public education facilitates are informed of and remitted any discounts, rebates, allowances, and incentives received by a service contractor from its supplier. The bill will next be heard in the Assembly Higher Education Committee.
“With this bill, we will ensure that overburdened school officials who negotiate food service contracts are aware of off-invoice rebates and what they are worth, and will make sure that our already cash-strapped California schools get their fair share of those rebates,” said Assemblymember Dickinson. “AB 1917 will bring some long-overdue transparency and accountability to this opaque process,” he added.
Assemblymember Roger Dickinson Honors Sheila Boxley as 2012 Woman of the Year
Sheila Boxley, Woman of the Year in the Ninth Assembly District, being escorted by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) at today’s ceremony on the Assembly floor.
Sacramento – In recognition of Women’s History Month, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) named Sheila Boxley as 2012 Woman of the Year in the Ninth Assembly District today in a ceremony on the California State Assembly floor.
Sheila Boxley, CEO of the Child Abuse Prevention Center in Sacramento, is a statewide leader in child abuse prevention efforts, and is committed to policy and system improvements, analyzing child death review data, leveraging federal funds for prevention services and education, and legislative advocacy – all to produce healthy and socially productive, children and families.
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