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Recent News in the 17th District
Joint Informational Hearing on CDCRs Proposed New Policies on Inmate Segregation
The Senate and Assembly Public Safety Committees held a joint hearing February 11, 2014 to continue their examination of California’s Security Housing Units and the practice of isolating prisoners for indefinite periods. Officials of CDCR explained recently proposed changes to their policies, but legal and advocacy panelists expressed skepticism of those policies. Assemblymember Ammiano told CDCR officials that bigger changes were needed (as seen in the video above), and later that day introduced legislation to curb the use of isolation cells. A press release on the new bill can be found here.
To see a video recording of the full hearing, go to the California Channel website. Select the video labeled Joint Informational Hearing on CDCRs Proposed New Policies on Inmate Segregation.
For more information on the hearing, read the press release.
Select Committee to hold Sacramento hearing
Fourth meeting for Assembly Justice Reinvestment panel
SACRAMENTO - The Assembly Select Committee on Justice Reinvestment will hold a hearing Wednesday, February 26, in Sacramento to hear from state agencies with a role in efforts to ease prison crowding conditions or reduce recidivism.
The panel is seeking ways to reduce the California prison population to allow constitutional levels of health care and reduce the budget burden of prisons while maintaining public safety. The committee co-chairs are Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer.
Ammiano proposes process to tackle prison overcrowding, oversentencing
SACRAMENTO – – Assemblymember Tom Ammiano today introduced AB 1633, a bill to establish a sentencing review process that would examine California’s complex maze of sentencing laws and practices, and make recommendations to improve the system.
“Federal courts have taken California to task for how we’ve been overfilling our prisons,” said, Assemblymember Ammiano, Chair of the Assembly Public Safety Committee and Co-Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Justice Reinvestment. “They have pointed out that conditions have reached unconstitutionally bad levels, but that isn’t all. The way we have sent people to prison for longer and longer terms has not had the effect of making prisons safer, or making Californians safer. We need to do something about that.”
Ammiano bills clear Assembly
AB 510 covers campaign ads; AB 885 limits misconduct in trials
SACRAMENTO – Two bills by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano cleared the Assembly this week – the final opportunity for two-year bills to pass out of the house where they originated. The success of the two bills introduced last year follows the 13 Ammiano bills passed and signed in 2013, the first year of the current two-year session.
Most recently, a bipartisan vote of 58-16 moved AB 510 to the Senate today. The bill would require that electoral campaigns must disclose – in filings and in ads – when a person in a campaign ad is not actually a professional of the sort implied.
Ammiano Responds to Governor Jerry Brown’s State of the State Address
Assemblymember Tom Ammiano had this statement in response to the Governor’s speech Wednesday:
“As Chairman of the Assembly Public Safety Committee and Co-Chair of the Select Committee on Justice Reinvestment, I was particularly interested in what the Governor had to say about prisons and realignment. I have been a strong backer of the concept of realignment, including working to protect its gains in committee and on the Assembly floor. However, I also believe we can go much further and make additional progress in this area.
Ammiano issues statement on marijuana legislation
Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, a long-time leader in the effort to reform marijuana laws, issued this statement today, in response to ongoing questions and recent events:
“It’s clear to me - as we work to pass smart marijuana laws - that momentum is growing. If the critical mass has not been reached, it looks very close when the President of the United States recognizes the negative effects of our excessive laws against cannabis, as he did in his recent New Yorker interview. We can’t afford to spend these resources when the only result is the loss of so much human potential. As President Obama suggested, we can’t afford a system that disproportionately falls on the poor.
Ammiano calls for funding for Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier
SACRAMENTO – In light of discussions dealing with Bay Area transportation funding, Assemblymember Tom Ammiano issued the following statement today, saying that funding for a suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge is overdue:
“As many of you may know, I have never stopped working for a suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge. I lobbied more than a decade as a Supervisor, Assemblymember and member of the MTC and Golden Gate Bridge boards to get a safety net approved as a suicide prevention barrier for the bridge.
Ammiano responds to SF immigration address by President Obama
SAN FRANCISCO - Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, author of California’s TRUST Act, AB 4, released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s SF remarks on immigration:
“I agree with our President that a common sense approach to immigration is way overdue. Here in California, the immigrant community is a backbone for our cities, our rural areas and our economy as a whole. Our country is built on immigration – it’s the roots to nearly every American family tree – and we need to make sure that immigrants are treated fairly and equally.
Assemblyman Ammiano Co-Chairs New Committee to Find Solutions to California’s Prison Crisis
(Sacramento) – The State of California is under federal court order to reduce its prison population. As part of that solution, the new Assembly Select Committee on Justice Reinvestment was formed to delve into the issues plaguing California’s corrections system. The new select committee co-chaired by California State Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-South Los Angeles) held an informational hearing on “Diversion and Sentencing Solutions to the State Prison Crisis.” The Committee heard from experts and those in the trenches of the criminal justice system. Assemblyman Ammiano said he is searching for innovative ways to change sentencing practices, reduce recidivism through treatment and collaborative courts. Learn more in this Assembly Access Video.
Streaming video of the full hearing is http://calchannel.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=7&clip_id=1671.
Assemblyman Ammiano Co-Chairs New Committee to Find Solutions to California’s Prison Crisis
(Sacramento) – The State of California is under federal court order to reduce its prison population. As part of that solution, the new Assembly Select Committee on Justice Reinvestment was formed to delve into the issues plaguing California’s corrections system. The new select committee co-chaired by California State Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-South Los Angeles) held an informational hearing on “Diversion and Sentencing Solutions to the State Prison Crisis.” The Committee heard from experts and those in the trenches of the criminal justice system. Co-Chair Ammiano said he is searching for innovative ways to change sentencing practices, reduce recidivism through treatment and collaborative courts. Learn more in this Assembly Access Video.
Are You Covered?
Assemblymembers Tom Ammiano and Phil Ting, together with your SF Supervisor, invite you to a forum where you can get the facts. (Habrá otro foro en español. Vea los detalles a continuación.)
• Find out what coverage is available
• Find out what premium assistance you and your family may get
• Hear from experts about Covered California, Healthy San Francisco, the new Medi-Cal expansion, and changes to Medicare
The forum will be:
Wednesday, October 23
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
West Bay Conference Center, 2nd Floor
1290 Fillmore Street
For more information, or to RSVP, call 415-557-2312 or 415-557-3013
Additional forums will be held in November:
Saturday, November 9
10 a.m. to noon
True Hope SF
950 Gilman Avenue
Latino Town Hall/Foro Público de Salud
(This event will be in Spanish/Este evento será conducido en español.)
Saturday, November 16
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Buena Vista Horace Mann School
3351 23rd Street
Governor signs final 2013 Ammiano bill
All 13 that go to Brown’s desk get signatures
SACRAMENTO – Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1019, on prison education, Sunday. The Governor’s approval on the bill marked a perfect record for 2013 bills by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano. All of Ammiano’s bills that landed on the Governor’s desk were signed. The new laws are:
AB 4 – The TRUST Act was a revised version of a bill previously vetoed by the Governor. It curbs local cooperation with the discredited federal Secure Communities program and will back for better relationships between immigrant communities and local law enforcement.
Joint hearing on solitary confinement
Video of hearing available
A joint hearing of the Senate and Assembly Committees on Public Safety was held October 9, 2013 to learn about and discuss conditions in Security Housing Units (SHUs) of the California prisons.
The hearing, chaired by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and Senator Loni Hancock, examined the conditions of extreme isolation experienced by as many as 4,000 prisoners in the SHU. Some prisoners have been held in these conditions for more than three decades. The situation has drawn the attention of international human rights authorities and was the focus of an unprecedented 60-day hunger strike by prisoners this year.
Governor signs bill to assure equity in infertility insurance coverage
SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown has signed AB 460 by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, a bill that guarantees non-discrimination in the provision of infertility coverage under medical insurance.
“Reproductive medicine is for everybody’s benefit,” Ammiano said. “To restrict fertility coverage solely to heterosexual married couples violates California’s non-discrimination laws. I wrote this bill to correct that.”
Public Safety Committees to hold joint hearing on prison conditions
SACRAMENTO – Senator Loni Hancock and Assemblymember Tom Ammiano will convene a joint hearing of the Public Safety Committees of their respective houses on Wednesday, October 9th, to consider the use of solitary confinement in California’s maximum security prisons in the context of the nearly two-month hunger strike in California prisons this summer.
Sen. Hancock and Asm. Ammiano called for the hearing in response to the issues raised by the hunger strikers, including the use of long-term solitary confinement.
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Wednesday, August 29 2012
Senate Passes Prison Media Access Bill
Sacramento – The California Senate passed AB 1270 by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano today, sending the bill on prison media openness to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature. The bill would restore the conditions that existed before 1996, the year that state corrections officials cut down on reporters’ ability to report directly on prison circumstances. “We’re not just worried about reporters,” Ammiano said. “The lack of good information is also a danger to the prisoners, the…Continue reading...
Tuesday, August 28 2012
Marchers Rally at Capitol to Support TRUST Act, AB 1081
Sacramento – Marchers from around California – Pomona, San Diego, San Jose, Oakland and other cities – walked from the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department to the State Capitol Tuesday to protest the practice of local sheriffs holding non-violent people under the federal Secure Communities program, and to ask Gov. Jerry Brown to sign the TRUST Act, passed by the legislature last week. “Yes we can and yes we will,” said Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, author of the…Continue reading...
Monday, August 27 2012
Overdose Prevention Bill Goes to Governor
Sacramento – A bill that will save lives of overdose victims was passed by the Assembly Monday on a bipartisan vote of 54-22. Assemblymember Tom Ammiano’s AB 472 encourages drug overdose witnesses to report incidents immediately by giving them immunity from prosecution for minor violations of possession or being under the influence. More people die of overdoses than in auto accidents and fewer would die if witnesses called 911 more promptly, Ammiano said, in asking…Continue reading...
Tuesday, August 21 2012
Senate Approves Amended TRUST Act, to Assembly for Concurrence
Sacramento – The Senate today approved AB 1081 with amendments by the author, Assemblymember Tom Ammiano. The Senate vote was 24-13. The bill will return to the Assembly for a concurrence vote, expected to take place this week. “With this bill, the California legislature stands against the immigration abuses that have ended the dreams of thousands of aspiring citizens of California,” Assemblymember Ammiano said. “We call on Governor Brown to sign it when it reaches…Continue reading...
Thursday, August 16 2012
Prison Media Access Bill Leaves Appropriations, to Full Senate
SACRAMENTO—Assemblymember Tom Ammiano's AB 1270, a bill to lift the media access ban in California prisons left the Senate Appropriations Committee on a 5-2 vote today and will be taken up by the full Senate. The bill would restore the media's ability to conduct pre-arranged, in-person interviews with specific prisoners. Since 1996, media have been prohibited from choosing their interview subjects inside prisons. Eight versions of this bill have been passed and vetoed by previous…Continue reading...
Wednesday, August 15 2012
Ammiano Salutes Deferred Action Pioneers
SACRAMENTO— Assemblymember Tom Ammiano today hailed the young immigrants who are among the first to apply for the Obama administrations “deferred action” immigration program. Beginning today, young immigrants who came to the United States as children can apply for “deferred action” under the new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program allows successful applicants to avoid deportation to pursue education in the United States and continue on a path to productive lives. Ammiano…Continue reading...
Thursday, July 12 2012
Assemblymember Ammiano Condemns Latest Federal Move Targeting Oakland Provider of Medical Cannabis
Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-SF) today issued a statement condemning federal authorities' plans to shut down another legitimate medical marijuana dispensary, revealed this week. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California posted a notice on Harborside Health Center in Oakland, saying it would seize the property under federal laws which have been used to target landlords providing space to dispensaries. "Harborside is a model dispensary in terms of security and the number of…Continue reading...
Interview with Tom Ammiano on Legalizing Marijuana
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