Representing the 7th District
Dickinson Introduces Legislation to Reform Money Transmission Act and Announces Oversight Hearing
Sacramento – Today, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) announced introduction of AB 786 which would reform the California Money Transmission Act. The bill will provide clarity for existing licensees and assist with removing barriers to market entry 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.
Dickinson Introduces Gun Violence Prevention Bill Package
Sacramento – Today, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) announced introduction of legislation which would help address the issue of gun violence in California. 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 children in our state,” said Dickinson.
Dickinson Introduces Legislation to Establish CEQA Courts
Sacramento – Today, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) announced introduction of Assembly Bill 515 which would establish CEQA Courts in Northern and Southern California to have exclusive jurisdiction over California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) litigation.
“AB 515 would expedite the cumbersome CEQA judicial review process,” said Dickinson. “The problems with the current review process need to be addressed so California can maintain the important environmental protections afforded by CEQA.”
Dickinson Introduces School Discipline Reform Legislation
Sacramento – Today, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) announced introduction of Assembly Bill 420 which would take a large step towards fixing California’s broken school discipline practices. In California alone, over 750,000 students are suspended per year--more than the number who graduate. 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.”
Dickinson Introduces Legislation to Increase Access to Financial Institutions
Sacramento – Today, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) announced introduction of AB 385 which would establish the Bank on California Program within the new Department of Business Oversight. 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 Named Chair of Select Committee on Delinquency Prevention and Youth Development
Announces Appointment to Search & Rescue Memorial Review Committee
Sacramento - Today, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) announced he has been named Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Delinquency Prevention and Youth Development by Speaker John Pérez. Dickinson also served as Chair during the 2011-12 legislative session.
"I look forward to Chairing the Select Committee once again. Focusing the state's efforts on building strong families and the health and welfare of youth is both the best short-term and long-term strategy to creating safer, healthier, and more economically-sustainable communities. I look forward to thought-provoking hearings on the topic this year," said Dickinson.
Dickinson Introduces Legislation to Ban the Sale of Animals at Swap Meets and Flea Markets
Sacramento – Today, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) announced introduction of AB 339. 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 Announces Receiving Perfect Score in Humane Society Scorecard
Sacramento – Today, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) announced that he received a perfect 100% score in the 2012 Humane Society Legislative Fund scorecard. According to the scorecard, Dickinson voted in favor of animal rights for seven important bills and never voted against animal rights.
“I am honored to receive a perfect score from the Humane Society. I was pleased to have the opportunity to continue to support worthy legislation to protect animals in 2012,” said Dickinson.
Dickinson Issues Response to State Supreme Court Ruling on Requiring Personal Data for Online Purchases
Announces Plans to Introduce Legislation
Sacramento – Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Banking and Finance, released the following statement on this week’s ruling by the California Supreme Court that online retailers can continue to require customers purchasing with credit cards to provide personal information:
“In today’s high-tech world, the privacy of online consumers is continually susceptible to being violated. The court’s decision will further impair the privacy of online consumers. I plan to introduce legislation this month that would increase consumer privacy while also ensuring appropriate fraud and identity theft protection. We must better protect consumers’ privacy by safeguarding against the exploitation of personal information.”
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Assemblymember Roger Dickinson Launches Children’s Book Drive
Assemblymember Roger Dickinson has launched a book drive to benefit youth in the Sacramento area with the goal of collecting 2,013 children’s books in 2013. Dickinson, along with Sacramento City Councilmembers Darrell Fong and Bonnie Pannell, are collecting new or gently used children’s books to donate to Reading Partners and Loaves and Fishes’ Mustard Seed School in Sacramento.
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