Representing the 31st District
SACRAMENTO –Today, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) and joint authors Assemblymember Adam Gray (D-Merced) and Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) along with co-author Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) introduced a comprehensive water bond proposal. Because Assembly Bill (AB) 2686 is the water bond proposal that provides enough funding to complete the water infrastructure investments California needs, it is supported by a bipartisan coalition of legislators and various stakeholders with diverse interests.
“Amongst the various water bond proposals, AB 2686 is the only proposal that offers a framework with the funding and priorities to properly plan for California’s water future,” said Assemblymember Perea. “With surface storage, clean and safe drinking water, and Delta sustainability at the forefront of my proposal, Californians will keep their jobs and be able to put food on the table. This bond goes beyond satisfying the immediate needs the drought has created –it provides for generations to come.”
SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea’s (D-Fresno) Assembly Bill (AB) 1506 was endorsed by the San Joaquin River Conservancy (SJRC) Governing Board. AB 1506 would allow California peace officers to cite violators of SJRC regulations. SJRC was created by the legislature to preserve land around the San Joaquin River for the enjoyment of future generations and was given the authority to make regulations to protect their land. Unfortunately, the legislation that established the SJRC did not include a way to penalize violators of SJRC regulations.
“The Conservancy must be granted the right to enforce regulations in order to keep the land safe and accessible to visitors,” said Assemblymember Perea. “This land is beautiful and we want to ensure it stays this way for generations to come.”
SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) has introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 1960 to ensure that clinicians at State Hospitals have access to the criminal records of patients committed through the criminal justice system to assist them in the placement and treatment of patients.
“Doctors at Coalinga State Hospital in my district and in other State Hospitals are lacking the information they need to create a safer environment for both patients and employees,” said Assemblymember Perea. “With all the relevant information, doctors will be able to provide patients with the best and most individualized treatments plans.”
SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) has introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 1693 to require the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to perform its rate setting responsibility for small rural telephone companies in a timely manner. AB 1693 will ensure that rate setting is a core function of the CPUC, and delaying a request negatively impacts rural communities by depriving them of upgrades to local telephone networks and access to high-quality telephone service.
“Rural communities in my district deserve access to the same kind of telephone services that urban areas enjoy,” said Assemblymember Perea. “Small telephone companies, like Sebastian in Kerman, need their rate cases addressed within a reasonable period so they are able to plan for investments in infrastructure upgrades to make service better for their customers.”
SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno), Chair of the Assembly Insurance Committee, made the following statement in response to today’s announcement by the Brown Administration of major new proposals to improve the delivery of unemployment benefits to eligible Californians:
“Governor Brown and his team should be applauded for taking major steps to shore up efforts of the Employment Development Department (EDD). EDD has struggled under record workload and diminishing resources, and unemployed Californians have called for improved services.” The Administration’s plan includes hiring new staff and implementing new technologies in their phone system.
“I want to thank the Governor for putting together a plan that responds to the needs of unemployed Californians right away. This plan responds to many of the problems that I have been concerned about as a result of the input from constituents and from others around the state. I look forward to continuing to work with the Administration to get our unemployment insurance program back on its feet. The state is stepping up to the plate and providing the funding necessary to serve unemployed Californian’s, but this doesn’t justify the federal government abdicating its responsibility to fund this program from the federal taxes paid by California employers.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno), Chair of the Assembly Insurance Committee, made the following statement in response to Congresswoman Matsui’s letter to Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez raising concerns over California’s delayed unemployment insurance benefits issue:
“Thank you to Congresswoman Matsui and the other members of the California Congressional delegation for their willingness to contribute to our efforts to improve California's Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program. Matsui's letter to the federal Department of Labor seeking additional federal financial support hit the mark. The federal government has been starving our UI program of the financial support needed to provide jobless Californians the benefits they have earned. We are receiving 73% of the funding that the federal model says we need to run our program.
SACRAMENTO –Today, Assembly Insurance Committee Chair Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno), unveiled his package of initiatives to improve the unemployment insurance (UI) program. For months, the Employment Development Department (EDD), and specifically the UI program, has been plagued by system errors and backlogs leaving thousands who lost their job through no fault of their own without a way to pay their bills or put food on the table.
Assemblymember Perea’s three part package includes:
- A budget request to provide funding for 200 additional staffers to answer phone calls at EDD
- A request to have the State Auditor identify problems in UI appeals process
- Legislation to follow up on requests made at the November hearing
“Further action must be taken to improve the UI program,” said Assemblymember Perea. “Clearly the system is still broken when claimants have to call EDD on average 40 times to get through, and when over 50% of UI denied claims that are appealed are overturned. My plan lays out a set of reasonable proposals to improve the UI program, and give claimants better service.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Henry T. Perea’s (D-Fresno) three principles for a water bond are surface storage, clean drinking water, and protecting the delta, which resonates well with California voters. As the state endures a record drought, it is clear protecting our water supply is an issue that Californians are following. According to a survey conducted by J. Moore Methods for the California Issues Forum, 58 % of likely voters would approve an $11 billion dollar state bond measure to increase and protect state and local water supplies.
“Clearly the majority of Californians support a water bond,” said Assemblymember Perea. “Water is key to California’s economic vitality. Meeting the state’s growing water demand depends on our commitment to ensuring a dependable water supply. Our farmers should have sufficient water to grow crops and keep workers employed, and our disadvantaged communities should have access to safe and clean drinking water.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) made the following statement following Governor Jerry Brown’s 2014 State of the State Address:
“It’s clear Governor Brown has made water a priority, and should be applauded for his emphasis on the need for water storage and providing clean drinking water to disadvantaged communities, both critical to California and the Central Valley. The drought brings to light the importance of investing in California’s water infrastructure. Going forward the legislature and all Californians must prioritize access to clean and reliable water.
SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, TechAmerica named Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) one of their California Tech Champion’s for 2013. TechAmerica is the leading national technology trade association. This award recognizes legislators who are advocates for the technology industry in the legislature and have shown consistent support for this vital economic sector.
“It’s an honor to be recognized as a California Tech Champion,” said Assemblymember Perea. “It’s important that the legislature works to ensure California is at the forefront of innovation and continues to grow this area of the economy.”
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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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