Representing the 31st District
FRESNO-On Monday, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) announced that the Fresno Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) received a $25,000 grant from PG&E’s Economic Vitality Grant Program. The Fresno Community Development Financial Institution grant supports training, technical assistance and financing for low to moderate income entrepreneurs in the Central Valley.
“Congratulations to the Fresno Community Development Financial Institution on their $25,000 grant award. I commend CDFI for their leadership in seeking additional funding,” said Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno). “CDFI’s success exemplifies their ability to effectively serve the community, and PG&E’s support of CDFI and to supporting small business entrepreneurship in our community is applaudable.”
SACRAMENTO –Yesterday, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers named Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) their 2013 Legislator of the Year, primarily for his authorship of Assembly Bill 8 (AB 8). The award is given to members of the legislature who demonstrate a commitment to advancing Alliance goals including cleaner air, reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and safer vehicles.
“It’s a great honor to be recognized by the Alliance of Automobile of Manufacturers as their Legislator of the Year,” said Assemblymember Perea. “AB 8 brought together a diverse coalition of stakeholders to pass a law that allows California to reduce emissions, while continuing to partner with the business community to help them meet the State's clean air goals. Supporting emerging advanced transportation technology is a win for California.”
Sacramento - Assembly Insurance Committee Chair Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) launched an investigation into the Employment Development Department’s unemployment insurance benefit payment delays with an Oversight Hearing at the State Capitol. The benefit payment delays were the result of a computer system upgrade that left thousands of claimants without their benefits. “The bottom line is that this issue has to be fixed,” said Assemblymember Perea. “I am committed to working with the executive branch and stakeholders to resolve existing issues. I am also exploring legislative options to prevent this from happening in the future.” Here’s more in this Assembly Web Report.
FRESNO – Yesterday, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) received an Award of Recognition in appreciation of his efforts to author and pass AB 1250 to ensure the protection of tipster anonymity through Crime Stopper Programs.
For more than 30 years, Crime Stoppers has offered communities a way to report crime anonymously. Throughout the world, Crime Stoppers programs are making people safer by getting violent criminals off the streets and empowering citizens to take back their communities.
SACRAMENTO –On Wednesday, Assembly Insurance Committee Chair Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno), conducted an Oversight Hearing to examine issues at the Employment Development Department (EDD), including unemployment insurance benefit payment delays resulting from a September computer system upgrade that left thousands of claimants without their benefits.
The hearing examined the new benefit payment system deployment, efficiencies in the Unemployment Insurance (UI) system, and budget impacts of the software issues and backlogs. Also, it outlined a set of deliverables committee members would like to see from the EDD which are described in the letter addressed to Sharon Hilliard, Chief Deputy Director of EDD.
SACRAMENTO –Today, Assembly Insurance Committee Chair Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno), conducted an Oversight Hearing to examine issues at the Employment Development Department (EDD), including unemployment insurance benefit payment delays resulting from a September computer system upgrade that left thousands of claimants without their benefits.
The hearing examined the new benefit payment system deployment, efficiencies in the Unemployment Insurance (UI) system, and budget impacts of the software issues and backlogs.
“Federal underfunding leading to staff shortages within EDD is a reality that we must face and can no longer be used as an excuse for problems within the system. The bottom line is that this issue has to be fixed,” said Assemblymember Perea. “I am committed to working with the executive branch and stakeholders to resolve existing issues. I am also exploring legislative options to prevent this from happening in the future. Claimants need a reliable system so they have peace of mind knowing they will be able to pay their bills and put food on the table.”
FRESNO - This morning, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) welcomed the first resident, Central Valley veteran Bill Carr, to the Veterans Home of California in Fresno and presented him with a welcome gift.
The battle to open Fresno's veterans home began in January of 2011 when no money was set aside to open or operate the facility when construction was completed. Assemblymember Perea and valley veterans fought back with hope that funds would be restored to open the nearly completed veterans homes.
Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our Central Valley veterans and the tenacity of Central Valley legislators, $4.3 million was approved to start hiring for veterans homes in Fresno and Redding.
"Welcoming U.S. Marine Bill Carr to his new home made the battle worthwhile," said Assemblymember Perea. "This full service facility will serve 300 Central Valley veterans well for years to come."
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Henry T. Perea’s (D-Fresno) Access to Cancer Treatment Act, Assembly Bill (AB) 219, was signed into law today by Governor Jerry Brown. AB 219 requires health plans and health insurers to provide covered oral anticancer medications to patients for $200 or less for a 30-day supply of pills.
Currently, insured cancer patients face costs as high as $4,000 a month for chemotherapy pills but usually only owe small copayments for intravenous chemotherapy. Even with the protections of the Affordable Care Act, a family could owe $25,000 for oral chemotherapy within a matter of months. AB 219 ensures that cancer patients will have affordable access to the best treatment for their cancer by limiting a patient’s cost for a month of pills to $200.
SACRAMENTO — Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 1309 by Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) into law. The bill, which received broad bipartisan support moving through both houses in the legislature, will fix a loophole in current law that has allowed professional athletes with little to no employment connection to California to file cumulative trauma workers’ compensation claims and receive large cash settlements.
According to a recent study, as many as 4,000 claims remain open with a cost that could come close to $1 billion. In addition, the California Insurance Guarantee Association has paid over $41.7 million in losses on professional athlete claims since 2002 and has reported an average of thirty four new claims per month. The increasing influx of new claims has shown no signs of slowing down and appears to have been enough to warrant its’ signing into law.
SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 327, authored by Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno). The bill modernizes electric rates by replacing outdated rate restrictions adopted during the state’s energy crisis over a decade ago and extends the state’s Net Energy Metering (NEM) program.
AB 327 gives the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) the flexibility to implement fair and reasonable reforms, in line with the state's energy policy goals and objectives. The bill also ensures low-income Californians are protected by mandating CARE discounts of 30% to 35%. Additionally, AB 327 provides certainty for the NEM program while protecting consumers and holding electric companies and utilities accountable for renewable energy growth.
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Monday, July 16 2012
Small Businesses Can Cut Duplicate Paperwork with New Law
California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that allows business owners to fill out one simple application to become a state-certified small business, eliminating the cost of filing duplicate documents with local officials. Assembly Bill 1783 will benefit the 3.5 million small businesses in California and reduce the workload of city and county staff who won't have to recertify small businesses already approved by the state. The new law takes effect Jan. 1, 2014. Read…
Friday, July 13 2012
Governor Signs Perea Bill Benefiting Small Business Owners
SACRAMENTO- Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) announced Governor Jerry Brown signed his bill that will benefit the 3.5 million small businesses in California. AB 1783-One Stop Small Business Certification will let business owners fill out one simple application to become a state-certified small business, eliminating the cost of having to fill out the redundant documents with local officials. "Our small businesses are responsible for a huge part of our economy and this law will give…
Thursday, June 28 2012
New Law to Bring Costly Cancer Treatments Within Reach for California Patients Approved in Senate Health Committee
SACRAMENTO- Twenty states and the District of Columbia have passed laws to ensure cancer patients have affordable access to chemotherapy. The Access to Cancer Treatment Act, which would add California to that list, was approved in the Senate Health Committee late Wednesday. AB 1000-Access to Cancer Treatment Act, was introduced by Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) and would increase access to life saving chemotherapy by requiring health plans and insurers to cover oral medication for…
Friday, June 15 2012
Assemblymember Perea resolution honoring Sikh American Appreciation Month approved
SACRAMENTO – On Friday the Senate approved a resolution introduced by Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) designating November 2012 as California's Sikh Americans Awareness and Appreciation Month. In May the Assembly honored several members of the Sikh Council of Central California, including elected officials and business owners, for their significant contributions to our community. "Our Sikh neighbors represent an integral part of our economy in California and the Central Valley," Assemblymember Perea said. "I appreciate…
Friday, June 15 2012
Assemblymember Perea Comments on Passage of State Budget
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) made the following statement after the Assembly and Senate voted Friday to send a balanced budget to Governor Brown: “As we continue to battle with a sluggish economy, there are no easy cuts left to make. This budget closes the $20 billion structural deficit California was facing 18 months ago and includes some major cuts to important programs. It spares our most vulnerable citizens from drastic cuts to…
Wednesday, June 13 2012
Senate Budget Committee Follows Assembly Budget Lead
Funding for Veterans’ Homes Now Rests with the Governor SACRAMENTO- Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) announced Wednesday the Senate Budget Committee followed the Assembly’s lead yesterday by approving $10.6 million be allocated to begin partial opening of the Fresno and Redding Veterans Homes. “The Legislature is sending a clear message to the Governor that our veterans are a priority,” Assemblymember Perea said. “This fight is not over yet. Today’s caravan to the Fresno Veterans’ Home…
Tuesday, June 12 2012
Bill to Keep Foster Children Safe from Registered Sex Offenders Approved in Senate Committee
SACRAMENTO- A proposed bill that would update current laws to prevent registered sex offenders from living, working or volunteering in state-licensed facilities like daycares and foster homes was approved in the Senate Human Services Committee Tuesday. “It was eye opening to learn that current state law does not make it clear that it is against the law for a registered sex offender to be at a state-licensed facility where children are cared for,” Assemblymember Perea…
Monday, June 11 2012
Assemblymember Perea Honors Owners of Popular Fresno Food Truck in Sacramento Monday
SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) will honor the husband and wife team who run one of Fresno’s most popular food trucks in Sacramento on Monday as part of California Small Business Day. Chefs Dustin & Kristin Stewart of Dusty Buns Bistro Bus were selected for the honor by Assemblymember Perea for their entrepreneurial spirit and drive to create incredible, locally-grown, organic food. “Dustin and Kristin have built a huge following in the Central…
Thursday, May 31 2012
Bill Seeking Water Quality Improvements for Small Towns Approved on Assembly Floor
SACRAMENTO - A bill to help communities gain access to clean drinking water was approved on the Assembly floor Thursday. Assembly Bill 2238-Regional Water Solutions was introduced by Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) and would encourage studies on the consolidation of water systems in small towns to be utilized by the Department of Public Health (CDPH) as a way to improve access to clean and affordable water and wastewater services. "People living in small towns…
Thursday, May 31 2012
Editorial: Equalization board needs to go on the record
The California Board of Equalization is a bit like a court, as it adjudicates taxpayer disputes that can involve millions and tens of millions of dollars. In fact, the board's members are politicians who have been termed out of the Legislature or are seeking higher office. And unlike actual courts, the five-member board has fallen in the habit of failing to explain its reasoning in published opinions for all to see. Assembly Revenue and Taxation…
Perea Legislation Will Hold Delinquent Taxpayers Accountable
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) has introduced Assembly Bill 1424 which, if signed into law, will provide the Franchise Tax Board more tools that it needs to collect funds from delinquent taxpayers. Every year, the State Franchise Tax Board puts together a list of the Top 250 taxpayers with state income tax liens who owe more than $100,000. Those currently on the Top 250 list owe a combined $180 million to the state. "The people on this list all owe the state $100,000 or more and they continue to buy their vacation homes and expensive cars," Assemblymember Perea said. "If the debtors on the Top 250 List all paid what they owe today, the state could use those funds to restore Adult Day Health Care and provide services to the 31,000 Senior Citizens in our state." Here's more from Assemblymember Perea in this Assembly Access video.
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