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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.

 

Assemblyman Ken Cooley Hosts District Office Open House

Assemblyman Ken Cooley Hosts District Office Open House

On Saturday, April 5, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) will host his second annual open house at his district office in Rancho Cordova. During the open house, constituents will be able to talk with Assemblyman Cooley about a variety of state-related issues, hear about his 2013 and 2014 legislation, or just drop-by to say hello. The event will begin at 9:00 AM and end at 12:00 PM.

 

“In my 10 years as Mayor and Councilmember in Rancho Cordova, and now as a State Assemblyman, it has always been my priority to make myself accessible to my constituents to hear their issues at events throughout the district,” said Cooley. “This open house is an opportunity to meet with the community and explore how my district office can serve them.  In the past year, I have assisted over 400 constituents, local businesses and non-profits resolve their problems with state and local agencies.”

 

Assemblyman Ken Cooley Appointed as Chair of Select Committee on Foster Care

Assemblyman Ken Cooley Appointed as Chair of Select Committee on Foster Care

On Tuesday, March 11, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) was appointed Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Foster Care. In this role, Cooley will lead his colleagues in developing policy addressing the ever-changing needs of kids in California’s foster care system.

 

“California’s foster care system is not as effective as it can be, often placing burdens on families and relatives trying to help children without homes. These policies can also restrict access to key resources children need to help them succeed,” said Cooley. “I am honored to accept this appointment as Chair of the Select Committee on Foster Care, and am eager to work with colleagues and stakeholders to improve our system.”

 

Assemblyman Cooley Honors District Attorney Scully with 2014 Woman of the Year Award

Assemblyman Cooley Honors District Attorney Scully with 2014 Woman of the Year Award

On Monday, March 10, 2014, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) awarded Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully with the California State Assembly’s 2014 Woman of the Year Award. Earlier this year, Assemblyman Cooley nominated Scully for the award for her work as Sacramento’s chief criminal prosecutor and as a principal victim rights advocate in the region.

“20 years ago, in her first year as Sacramento County District Attorney, Jan was selected as “Woman of the Year” by the late Assemblywoman Barbara Alby. It is a great privilege to honor Jan as Woman of the Year on the Floor of the Assembly again as she closes out two decades of outstanding service to the people of Sacramento,” said Cooley.

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.”

Assemblyman Cooley Highlights Governor Brown’s Fiscal Responsibility

Assemblyman Cooley Highlights Governor Brown’s Fiscal Responsibility

On Wednesday, January 22, following Governor Jerry Brown’s 2014 State of the State Address, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) commended Governor Brown’s fiscal responsibility in using our State’s budget surplus to pay down debt and allocate significant portions toward the Rainy Day Fund.

“I am very happy in the fiscal responsibility Governor Brown has shown in using our budget surplus to relieve our State’s debt while focusing funding towards build up programs that will do a better job to uplift our local communities and neighborhoods.”

“During my service as a councilmember and Mayor for the City of Rancho Cordova, my colleagues and I faced many financial constraints. During those times, we kept our focus on programs that made fiscal sense and made our city a great place to live. We kept our City’s debt low, focused on funding our most important projects first, and made the right choices for the long-term health of our community.”

Assembly Insurance Committee Holds Oversight Hearing in Wake of EDD System Failure

Assembly Insurance Committee Holds Oversight Hearing in Wake of EDD System Failure

On Wednesday, Assemblyman Ken Cooley participated in the Assembly Insurance Committee oversight hearing on the disrupted deployment of the California Employment Development Department’s new unemployment insurance system and delays to benefit disbursement. During the hearing, the Committee listened to EDD clients who have not received unemployment insurance benefits since the deployment of the new system in early September.

“This has been a calamity for the 148,000 people who are at a dire time in their lives and need this help,” said Assemblyman Ken Cooley. “To have this happen is a colossal problem. We need to find out what went wrong and what we can learn from it.”