Representing the 7th District
Assemblymember Dickinson Issues Statement on Supreme Court Decision on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act
Sacramento – In response to today’s ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States in Dennis Hollingsworth, et al., Petitioners v. Kristin M. Perry, et al, on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) issued the following statement in support of marriage equality:
“This is a momentous day. I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to establish marriage equality as the supreme law of the land. After a long and difficult struggle, LGBT families, in California and across the United States, are now equal before the law. Today will go down in history as a day when our nation’s highest court chose to stand for justice and the rights of all Americans.
Dickinson Bill to Increase Fairness in Government Hiring Approved by Senate 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 Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee on a 3-1 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 nine states and over 50 cities and counties across the United States that have adopted similar legislation.
Assemblymember Roger Dickinson Honors Sacramento Artist Gregory Kondos as 2013 Veteran of the Year
Gregory Kondos (left), the 7th Assembly District’s 2013 Veteran of the Year, with Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento). Photo credit: Office of Assemblymember Roger Dickinson
Sacramento – Today, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) named renowned Sacramento artist Gregory Kondos as 2013 Veteran of the Year in the 7th Assembly District at a special veteran’s luncheon hosted by the State Assembly.
“Although Mr. Kondos is used to receiving well-deserved accolades for his beautiful artwork, today the Assembly recognizes him as one its most honored veterans,” said Dickinson. “Thank you for your service.” he added.
Dickinson School Discipline Reform Legislation Approved by Senate Education Committee
Sacramento – Spurred by new data and growing consensus among leaders in the education field, on May 14, the Los Angeles Unified school board voted to ban “willful defiance” as grounds for student suspensions. In California alone, there are more than 700,000 student suspensions per year. A bill that would take a large step towards fixing California’s broken school discipline practices statewide was approved today on a 7-1 vote by the Senate Education Committee. Assembly Bill 420 authored by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) would curb the excessive use of willful defiance as a reason to suspend and expel students.
Bill to Hold People Accountable for Committing Financial Abuse of Seniors Approved by Policy Committee
Sacramento – Today, Assembly Bill 140, authored by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento), was approved on a bipartisan 6-1 vote by the Senate 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 deserves statutory protection to ensure that when a senior is unduly influenced, that senior has an ability to recover what has been lost,” said Dickinson.
Campaign Finance Reform Legislation Approved by Assembly, Advances to the Senate
Bill Would Ban Anonymous “Money Bombs” Close to Election Day
Sacramento – Assembly Bill 45, comprehensive campaign finance reform legislation authored by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento), was approved 54-21 today by the State Assembly. The bill seeks to ensure greater disclosure and transparency of political campaign funding sources and would increase the California Fair Political Practices Commission’s (FPPC) oversight powers of campaign contributions.
“Without legislative action, we will continue to see last minute ‘money bombs’ flowing into California elections without informing voters where this money is coming from,” said Dickinson. “The public has a right to know the source of the money so informed decisions can be made at the ballot box,” he added.
Dickinson Bill to Restrict the Sale of Animals at Swap Meets and Flea Markets Approved by Key Senate Committee
Sacramento – Today, Assembly Bill 339 authored by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) was approved by the Senate Public Safety Committee on a 5-1 vote. The bill would prohibit the sale of animals at swap meets and flea markets unless the local jurisdiction adopts minimum animal care and treatment standards 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 regulate animal sales permitted 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.
Assemblymember Roger Dickinson Issues Statement on State Budget
Sacramento – Today, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento), member of the Assembly Budget Committee and Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Human Services, released the following statement on the State Budget:
“The budget passed today reflects a stable fiscal future for California. Passage of the Middle Class Scholarship Act means that hardworking California families will once again be able to afford college. Although the courts received a 7% restoration of urgently-needed funding, their limited ability to restore previously-cut critical services and begin construction projects is troubling. With Affordable Care Act implementation, I am concerned that Sacramento County may potentially lose over $9 million in health realignment funding for their indigent patient services. Nonetheless, I am proud that we have passed a balanced, accountable, and on time budget, paying down our debt while increasing necessary funding for our schools and mental health programs.”
Dickinson Bill to Limit Guns Available for Sale Approved by Senate Public Safety Committee
Sacramento – Today, Assembly Bill 169 authored by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) was approved on a 5-2 vote by the Senate 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 School Discipline Reform Legislation Approved by State Assembly
This Month, California’s Largest School District Passed Similar Policy
Sacramento – Spurred by new data and growing consensus among leaders in the education field, on May 14, the Los Angeles Unified school board voted to ban “willful defiance” as grounds for student suspensions. In California alone, there are more than 700,000 student suspensions per year. A bill that would take a large step towards fixing California’s broken school discipline practices statewide was approved today on a bipartisan 45-20 vote by the State Assembly. Assembly Bill 420 authored by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) 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.
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