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Bill Ensuring Funding for Child Abuse Prevention Funding Heads to the Senate Floor

Bill Ensuring Funding for Child Abuse Prevention Funding Heads to the Senate Floor

Bill Ensuring Funding for Child Abuse Prevention Funding

Heads to the Senate Floor

Rancho Cordova – This week, Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 924 to re-establish the State Children’s Trust Fund as a donation option on state income tax forms heads to the Senate Floor.  AB 924 will reinstate the State tax form check-off box as a donation option, ensuring that the Fund will continue to support innovative and effective child abuse prevention programs across the state.

Currently, California taxpayers have the opportunity to pledge a portion of their expected tax return to charitable funds when filing their taxes. Each charitable fund’s listed check-off box location on the tax form is tied to a minimum contribution level adjusted annually for inflation. Failure of any tax check-off to meet the minimum contribution level results in that fund being repealed.

Collaboration on Medical Cannabis Regulations Sets New Path for Legislature

Collaboration on Medical Cannabis Regulations Sets New Path for Legislature

Collaboration on Medical Cannabis Regulations Sets New Path for Legislature

Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) made the following statement after the Assembly Appropriations Committee passed AB 266, which was amended to make Bonta lead author on the bill to regulate the medical cannabis industry. The bill is joint authored by Assemblymembers Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) and Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles).

“Today represents a great demonstration of unity and collaboration among my Assembly colleagues on the critical issue of regulating the medical cannabis industry,” said Assemblymember Bonta.

Suspect in custody after multi-county shooting and manhunt

A suspect is now under custody after reportedly shooting three police officers and one person, who the gunman attempted to car hijack. The suspect was accompanied by a female, who was taken under custody earlier Fri afternoon. The Sacramento County and Placer County police searched for the suspect, and ultimately captured him in a home on Belmont Dr in Auburn. So far two of the shooting victims, a Sacramento and a Placer county Sheriff's Deputy, have died.

Assemblyman Cooley’s AB 2187 Signed by the Governor - Ensures Funding for Child Abuse Prevention

Assemblyman Cooley’s AB 2187 Signed by the Governor - Ensures Funding for Child Abuse Prevention

On Monday, June 30, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) announced that his bill – AB 2187 – was signed by Governor Brown.  AB 2187 clarifies the pathway of the fee collected for copies of a child’s birth certificate, as to the portion of the fee used for child abuse prevention and intervention programs. Previously, the fee collected did not necessarily follow the child into the county in which he or she was going to be raised to fund programs in that county, if the child’s mom gave birth outside of that county and that county had a delivery facility.

“Given the current nature of health care delivery, in which health insurance rules may dictate what delivery facilities are in a patient’s ‘network,’ some patients may not have a choice but to deliver outside the county in which they live. As a result, the birth certificate fee revenue is lost to the county in which they delivered not the county where services may be used,” explains Cooley.

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season


AUBURN, Calif. - Cal Fire is warning of what may be a very long and very difficult fire season ahead.

"Over the next couple of months almost all of Northern California's gonna be at an above average potential for large and damaging wildfires," said Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant.

The state has already seen 950 fires, triple the number in an average year. And the state is in the grip of the worst drought in recorded history.

"A lot of the green hillsides up and down the state are really just masking the dead grass that's been sitting there all winter long," Berlant points out.

At the Cal Fire station in Auburn, seasonal firefighters have been in place since the end of January, nearly three months earlier than usual.

Assemblyman Cooley Awarded Legislator of the Year by Crime Victims United

Assemblyman Cooley Awarded Legislator of the Year by Crime Victims United

Assemblyman Cooley Awarded

Legislator of the Year by Crime Victims United

 

On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, Crime Victims United of California presented Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) with its 2014 Legislator of the Year Award.  Crime Victims United presented Cooley with the award for his support on a variety of bills that strengthen public safety efforts and protects victims’ rights.

 

Assembly Passes Cooley’s Legislation to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

Assembly Passes Cooley’s Legislation to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

On Wednesday, January 29, the Assembly passed on a bipartisan 76-0 vote, Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s legislation to prevent child sexual abuse. Assembly Bill 883 (AB 883) helps protect California’s children by creating a pilot program in up to three counties to specifically address child sexual abuse prevention. 

Although the state aggressively prosecutes child sexual predators and requires mandated reporting for suspected abuse, there is a lack of focus on preventing the abuse before it occurs.

“Childhood sexual abuse is devastating to the victims and the victims’ family,” said Cooley. “Often, children who are sexually abused have physical and mental health issues long into their adult lives. By putting resources at the local level into community collaboration and prevention, we have the chance to make a difference in the lives of California’s children before they become victims to sexual abuse.”