Representing the 37th District
SACRAMENTO — In a signal of hope for California community college students, the California State Assembly on Monday approved a voluntary program that would increase access at community colleges.
AB 955, authored by Assemblyman Das Williams, D-Santa Barbara, would allow colleges to offer courses at cost to students who choose to take them during summer and winter intersessions.
SACRAMENTO — Assemblyman Das Williams on Tuesday praised Governor Jerry Brown’s May Revise, calling the funding for all levels of education a major milestone for our state.
“We are beginning to turn the corner after years of horrid education cuts,” said Williams, chair of the Assembly’s Higher Education Committee and member of the Education Committee. “Complete restoration cannot happen overnight, but the governor’s proposal, along with other legislative ideas, offers a strong roadmap for Californians to return to educational excellence.”
SACRAMENTO – The Asian & Pacific Islander American Legislative Caucus honored longtime community activist Sharon Hoshida in two special ceremonies Monday in the state Capitol.
Hoshida, the former director of the UCSB Women’s Center, received the Excellence in Public Service honor. Hoshida was first recognized during the daytime Assembly floor ceremony. Later in the evening, several hundred people gathered for a Gala event at the Sacramento Convention Center organized by the Asian & Pacific Islander American Legislative Caucus.
SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Das Williams will join legislators for the 52nd Annual California Prayer Breakfast, Thursday, May 9.
Assemblyman Williams, D-Santa Barbara, is co-chair of the event. State Sen. Ted Gaines will also serve as co-chair.
“My faith guides me in everything I do,” Williams said. “I look forward to sharing fellowship with my legislative colleagues and finding common ways that we can best serve our constituents and each other.”
SANTA BARBARA – In recognition of Earth Day, Assemblyman Das Williams appears in a special video to encourage people to participate in Earth Day events and celebrate our natural surroundings.
Williams, (D-Santa Barbara) joins Assemblymembers Ian Calderon (D-Whittier), Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), in a short video. The three are members of the California Assembly's unofficial "Surf Caucus." In the video, the three ride the waves in Ventura County and discuss their love of California's 1,100 miles of coastline.
Williams, Buchanan bills designed to provide greater protections for students
SACRAMENTO – In a bold step forward for schoolchildren across the state, three education bills created to ensure child safety and hold teachers more accountable in schools, sailed through the Assembly Education Committee this week.
The series of bills marked a major step toward holding bad teachers accountable while ensuring that children are learning in a safe, nurturing environment free of potential abuse.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Das Williams’ voter registration bill won support in the Assembly Elections & Redistricting Committee and will now go to the full Assembly for a vote later this year.
AB 131, approved by the Committee on Tuesday, would create one set of rules for election officials to process signed voter registration cards of U.S. citizens, even if the place of birth box is left blank.
SACRAMENTO -- Two Central Coast legislators have introduced bills to protect the drinking water supply and bring more regulation and oversight to the oil and gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) has just introduced Senate Bill 395, a bill to regulate the waste water produced from fracking. Jackson’s Senate Bill 395 would require that any fluids brought up during the fracking process be regulated as a hazardous waste by the Department of Toxic Substances Control, giving them the authority to ensure that the appropriate precautions are taken in how the waste water is transported and disposed.
Students will have the opportunity to meet and observe some of the most influential figures in California politics as part of a six day, two-unit graded internship in Sacramento this April.
The first year program is open to all students regardless of their major. The cost is $600 plus a two-credit enrollment fee, which will cover train fare, hotel, and some meals. Students leave April 6, and will receive a first-hand look inside state and local governments by attending meetings, receiving tours, and having the opportunity to talk to legislators in an intimate setting.
Proposed law designed to protect California wildlife from cruelty
SACRAMENTO — California Assemblyman Das Williams introduced today Assembly Bill 789, which would regulate certain practices used by the nuisance wildlife trapping industry in an effort to protect California wildlife from egregious cruelty.
In California, those employed as private nuisance wildlife control operators (NWCOs) provide trapping services to consumers for a fee under the auspices of damage control. Some practices employed by these trappers are particularly egregious and result in the needless suffering and death of thousands of animals each year.
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Friday, January 18 2013
Das Williams Introduces Streamlined Voter Registration Bill
AB 131 Would Create Uniform Rules, Save Counties Money SANTA BARBARA – Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara) introduced a bill this week that would create a uniform set of rules for elections officials to process signed voter registration cards of U.S. citizens, even if the place of birth box is left blank. California is just one of 10 states that requires the place of birth box to be filled out. Currently, if the U.S. citizen box is checked, but the place of birth box is left blank, some county officials set aside the card in a “pending” file, and then…Continue reading...
Friday, January 11 2013
California Business Leaders Honor Das Williams
Assemblyman Das Williams Recognized For Commitment to Small Businesses SANTA BARBARA — The California Small Business Association and California Small Business Roundtable announced today that Assemblyman Das Williams has made the 2012 Honor Roll. Williams was recognized in the Summa Cum Laude category, the highest honor given by the groups. "Small businesses are the unsung heroes of our community," Assemblyman Williams said. "They provide jobs and opportunities. The success of small businesses will play an essential role in growing our economy as we look to return California to strong financial footing." Williams in 2012 held a Green Jobs Summit featuring…Continue reading...
Thursday, January 10 2013
Das Williams Backs Budget That Re-Invests in Education
Assembly Higher Education Chairman Wants Focus on Access, Completion Rates SANTA BARBARA — California Assembly Higher Education Chairman Das Williams announced support today for most aspects of Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal, which invests significantly in education and promises a balanced budget for years to come. Just two years after the state faced a $26 billion shortfall, California is now poised for balanced budgets, while restoring some of the major cuts over the last decade. Williams said he is focused on working with the governor, the state Legislature and the people of California to implement the budget requests, while maintaining…Continue reading...
Monday, December 03 2012
Das Williams Bill Would Fund Colleges, Universities
State would create revolving loan fund for clean energy projects SANTA BARBARA — Assemblyman Das Williams introduced a bill, AB 29, today which would assist colleges and universities with energy efficiency retrofits and clean energy projects. The bill establishes three revolving loan funds for California Community Colleges, California State University and the University of California, funded primarily with revenue created by Prop 39. The recently passed California Clean Energy Jobs Act, Prop 39, fixed a tax loophole that previously allowed out-of-state businesses to choose the method for determining their state taxable income. Prop 39 dedicates $550 million annually for five…Continue reading...
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