Tuesday, November 26 2013
Fresno Institution Receives $25,000 Grant
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…Continue reading...
Friday, November 22 2013
Perea Named Legislator of Year by Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
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…Continue reading...
Tuesday, November 19 2013
Perea Holds Insurance Oversight Hearing on EDD Benefit Delays
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…Continue reading...
Thursday, November 14 2013
Assemblymember Perea Recognized by California Crime Stoppers
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. “It’s a great honor to be recognized by California Crime Stoppers,” said Assemblymember Perea. “Crime Stoppers has been an essential tool in the fight…Continue reading...
Friday, November 08 2013
Chairman Perea Makes Formal Requests to EDD Director
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…Continue reading...
Wednesday, November 06 2013
Chairman Perea Held Insurance Oversight Hearing on EDD Benefit Delays
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…Continue reading...
Thursday, October 17 2013
Assemblymember Henry T. Perea Welcomed First Veterans Home Resident
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…Continue reading...
Wednesday, October 09 2013
Governor Brown signs Access to Cancer Treatment Act
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…Continue reading...
Tuesday, October 08 2013
Governor Brown Signs Perea Bill to Close Costly Pro-Athlete Loophole in California’s Workers’ Compensation System
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…Continue reading...
Monday, October 07 2013
Governor Signs Perea Bill to Modernize Electric Rates and Extend Net Energy Metering
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…Continue reading...
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