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Recent News in the 17th District
Assembly Appropriations Committee sends seven Ammiano bills to floor vote
SACRAMENTO – Seven bills by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano were released for floor vote by the Appropriations Committee today. The bills approved by the committee, a fiscal gatekeeper, included key Ammiano legislation on domestic worker protections and medical marijuana regulation.
“I think we’re turning a corner on marijuana regulation,” Ammiano said, of the approval of AB 473. The bill will create a division within Alcoholic Beverages Control to regulate the production, transportation and sales of medical cannabis.
Assembly passes TRUST Act, two other Ammiano bills
SACRAMENTO – The California Assembly today passed AB 4, the TRUST Act, Assemblymember Ammiano’s bill to reign in excesses committed under the federal Secure Communities program and repair damages it caused to community trust in law enforcement. The Assembly also approved AB 755, a bill to require consideration of suicide prevention measures on state bridges, and AB 868, to ensure that relevant judicial employees have training in cultural competency on LGBT issues.
All three bills now move to the Senate for consideration.
Assembly passes bill to protect transgender students
SACRAMENTO – The California Assembly today passed AB 1266, a bill that ensures that transgender students in California have equal and full access to programs and facilities on the basis of their gender identity.
“This shows the nobility of what a Legislature can do,” bill author Assemblymember Tom Ammiano said on the Assembly floor.
Assemblymember Ammiano responds to high court’s medical marijuana ruling
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, a longtime leader on marijuana policy, released the following statement regarding today’s ruling by the California Supreme Court in the City of Riverside case. To the extent that he has time, Mr. Ammiano will call reporters who contact this office. We appreciate your awareness of his limited time. His statement:
“As I understand it, the court ruling says Riverside County can, under current state law, prohibit dispensaries. However, it allows a big hole for the legislature to drive through. The court wrote:
Ammiano recaps legislative program
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Tom Ammiano introduced 30 bills and one resolution in the current session. This legislative package is notable not only for its quantity, but for its ambitious scope. The bills include measures tackling major issues in immigration, public safety, the environment, labor rights, social discrimination and reform of California tax policy. The great majority of these bills passed policy committees in April or on the first day of May. None has been voted down.
“April is always a grueling month for legislators, but going into my last term in the Assembly, I’m trying to work even harder to further the issues my constituents elected me to pursue,” Ammiano said. “These are bills they care about and issues I care about.”
Assembly to Protect Drinking Water
Assemblymember Tom Ammiano speaks at Feb. 20 media event to promote Assembly legislative package to address the drinking water crisis in many low-income communities in California.
Staff of the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District
Assemblymember Tom Ammiano welcomed members and staff of the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District to the Assembly Floor. Assemblymember Ammiano, Board President James Eddie, General Manager Denis Mulligan, Past President Janet Reilly, Governmental Affairs Chair Gerald Cochran, Assemblymember Marc Levine, Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro. February 4, 2013.
Let's Pass AB5
By Assemblymember Ammiano – Huffington Post
In Los Angeles recently, a Skid Row resident named Efrain sat down on a curb at 4th and Towne streets with a bucket of water and a rag to wash his tired, smelly feet. It was 11:30 p.m. There were no cars on the street and he had moved to where he wouldn't bother anyone.
A policeman drove up and told Efrain to get up. "He told me to get up and if I didn't I will go to jail. He gave a ticket for jaywalking," Efrain said, describing his experience to the LA Community Action Network.
San Francisco Giants World Series Trophies Visit the California Capitol
January 8, 2013 -- Assemblymember Ammiano poses with Giants President Larry Baer, at left, and Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, center.
January 8, 2013 -- Assemblymember Tom Ammiano holds his custom Giants jersey while the 2010 and 2012 World Series trophies are displayed in Assembly Chambers.
Assemblymember Ammiano introducing the TRUST Act, AB 4
Assemblymember Ammiano takes his efforts on behalf of immigrants and domestic workers to Washington
Washington, D.C. -- Assemblymember Ammiano attended the anniversary dinner for the National Domestic Workers Alliance Wednesday, where he posed with actress Viola Davis. Davis was honored by the NWDA for her role in “The Help.” “I appreciate you and I appreciate your sacrifice. I stand here in solidarity with you,” Davis told the attendees. Ammiano plans to reintroduce his Domestic Workers Bill of Rights again in the coming legislative session. It was passed by the Legislature but vetoed by the Governor.
Ammiano was in Washington, D.C. this week to participate in panels at the Progressive States Network conference. He was scheduled to talk about what states can do to address immigration issues, given his past leadership on the TRUST Act and other measures. The Assemblymember intends to bring the TRUST Act back to the Assembly, as well.
TRUST Act wins backing of law enforcement, legal scholars, and a conservative think tank
September 11, 2012 - The TRUST Act, AB 1081 by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, continues pick up new and broad support as it awaits signature by Gov. Jerry Brown.
August and September endorsements have come from prominent sheriffs and police chiefs, law school deans and professors and a Washington D.C. think tank known for its conservative positions.
Law enforcement has been a major supporter of the bill, which seeks to curb the excesses of the federal Secure Communities (S-Comm) program.
Abuse of the detainer process has led to deportation of more than 50,000 productive Californians not suspected of serious crimes. It has eroded community trust for local law enforcement in communities where deportations have taken place.
For that reason, the TRUST Act has recently picked up the backing of Greg Suhr, San Francisco Chief of Police; Laurie Smith, Sheriff of Santa Clara County; E.G. Prieto, Sheriff of Yolo County; and police chiefs in Oakland, Palo Alto, National City and other cities.
In letters to Gov. Brown, the law enforcement officials have stressed the difficulty of conducting community policing under current S-Comm conditions.
Underscoring the law enforcement support of TRUST, the legal community has spoken out to say that TRUST is fully in compliance with federal law.
In a 10-page analysis sent to the Governor, the Law School Deans of UC Irvine and UC Berkeley were joined by more than 25 other law professors and experts in saying that S-Comm detainers are voluntary and that TRUST poses no conflict with federal statutes. They endorsed the bill.
Today, the Competitive Enterprise Institute wrote in the Huffington Post to suggest that Immigration and Customs Enforcement was using “deceit” when it tries to convince local authorities that detainers are not voluntary. The CEI article went further, saying that the detainer practices would be unconstitutional if they were mandatory.
Under the TRUST Act, local law enforcement would be able to respond to detainer requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement when the requests apply to people convicted of a serious or violent felony. Local officials could also use their discretion to detain people for ICE if they are formally charged with a serious or violent felony.
The Governor has until September 30 to sign the bill.
Assemblymember Ammiano Leads Rally at the Capitol Urging the Governor to Sign the Trust Act
(Sacramento) -- Law abiding people are being sent to jail for minor infractions that most of us would merely get a ticket for, simply because they are undocumented. California State Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) wants to change that with his legislation, Assembly Bill 1081, also called the TRUST Act. AB 1081, which passed the legislature would end unnecessary holds for productive community members in the state's already overcrowded jails. Assemblymember Ammiano led a march and a rally at the State Capitol to urge Governor Brown to sign the TRUST Act into law. Learn more in this Assembly Access Video.
Assemblymember Ammiano Meets With High Level Officials in Washington, D.C.
(Washington, D.C.) -- A bi-partisan delegation of lawmakers from California travelled to our nation's capital to reach out to federal officials. California State Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) was part of the group and advocated for California's children. Assemblymember Ammiano wants to find a way for the federal government to help restore cuts to the Healthy Families program. Learn more in this Assembly Access Video.
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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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