Monday, February 25, 2013

Assemblymember Weber’s Legislative Package for the 2013 Legislative Year

SACRAMENTO, CA- Today, Assemblymember  Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego)  announced her legislative bill package for the 2013 legislative year. The package, developed in the State Capitol over the past few months, reflects the Member's dedication to education as a 40 year educator, her unwavering dedication to community advocacy, and commitment to being an agent for social justice.  Her bills cover a variety of topics including: economic development, government efficiency, small business and microbusiness expansion, education, and public safety.

AB 56
Carbon Monoxide Detectors in K-12 Schools-Would require new and retrofitted K-12 schools to install carbon monoxide detectors to ensure school safety.  This bill also encourages schools built prior to January 1, 2013 to install carbon monoxide detectors.

AB 149 Inform Former Offenders of Voting Rights-Ensures that individuals who have completed parole or probation are made aware of their voting rights.

AB 172 Increased Preferences for Microbusinesses- The State has adopted several mandates to ensure these businesses, which are driving California’s economy, are awarded a fair share of public contracts.  This measure ensures microbusinesses, that are typically owned by ethnic minorities and women, are awarded a fair share of public contracts.

AB 173 Small Business Procurement Act for Universities and Colleges- This measure streamlines the award of contracts for goods and services applicable to the University of California, the California State University, and the California Community Colleges.  Called the “SB/DVBE Option,” these contracts only require two quotes from either small businesses or Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises.  The SB/DBVE option authorizes for contracts valued under $250,000, that State agencies may exempt themselves from formal contracting requirements of advertising, protests, and bidding.  This bill simply allows universities and colleges to utilize this SB/DBVE option.

AB 785 Unions Blind Mailing- This bill would authorize an organization that provides employee representation or membership services to members of CalPERS to submit a request to the board for assistance in performing direct mailing. The bill would require the board, upon receiving a request, to provide a direct mailing to the annuitants of the system who are members of the organization or eligible to become members of the organization.

AB 832 Electronic Benefit Transfer Cards at Universities and Campuses-The purpose of this legislation is to ensure that low income students at universities are able to utilize all their financial benefits, which includes the use of Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards to purchase food while on campus. This bill will reduce discrimination on the low-income student who has been denied access to use their stipends on campus and increase revenue for the school.

AB 899 English Second Language Common Core Standards- California has taken several steps to revise its K–12 accountability program. Beginning in 2014, the state will switch to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), a set of high-quality standards in subject areas like English and mathematics developed by and for the states. California recently joined a number of other states in adopting the Common Core State Standards for English and math.  Under this legislation, California will adopt the Common Core Standards for English as a Second Language (ESL) and ensures that students are receiving a high quality education consistently, from school to school and state to state.

AB 938
Realignment Offenders Voting Rights-Ensures that former offenders who have satisfied their jail or prison term and are under the new classification post release community supervision established as a result realignment are able to vote. The bill would also require courts to provide more information to county elections officers to prevent these individuals from accidently being purged out of the system.

AB 979 Port of San Diego Peace Officers-This bill would help to ensure the safety of our ports and provide adequate training of peace officers whose jurisdiction includes a port or other waterborne environment.

AB 1238 Cal-YOR Program-Assembly Bill 1238 would provide authorization for the continued operation of a cost-effective, innovative program that targets youthful offenders who are reentering society, the California Youth Offender Re-Entry Program.

AB 1241 Cal Grant Extended Years of Eligibility-This bill would extend the period of eligibility a high school student has to apply for the Cal-Grant Entitlement Programs by 3 years. Students would be required to submit a complete financial aid application no later than March 2 of the 4th academic year after his or her high school graduation or its equivalent for an award the academic year following the application.

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