Tuesday, April 4, 2017

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) brought his Assembly Bill 1120 to the Public Safety Committee to present his butane regulation measure that would result in law enforcement finding and dismantling the honey oil labs that have injured families, children and first responders.  Honey oil is a THC laden product created by extracting oils out of marijuana. Butane, an odorless and colorless liquid, is used to do this. Butane often leaks and builds up as a gas in confined spaces like a home or apartment.

Friday, March 24, 2017

(Sacramento) – DNA helped solve a 43-year old killing of two Yuba County girls - 12-year-old Valerie Lane and 13-year-old Doris Derryberry. That’s why Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), along with crime victims’ families and bill supporters, are calling for the passage of Assembly Bill 16. Assemblymember Cooper’s legislation would allow the collection of DNA upon conviction of crimes that were previously felonies but are now misdemeanors.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

SACRAMENTO – At a press conference today, Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), along with crime victims’ families and bill supporters, called for the passage of Assembly Bill 16. The bill would allow the collection of DNA upon conviction of only crimes that were previously felonies but are now misdemeanors, including: shoplifting, forgery, insufficient funds, petty theft, receiving stolen property, petty theft with a prior, and drug possession offenses.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

(Sacramento) – Crime victims’ families joined Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) for a news conference to endorse Cooper’s Assembly Bill 16, a measure that would allow the collection of DNA upon conviction of crimes that were previously felonies but are now misdemeanors. The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act, approved in November 2014, reclassified a number of felony crimes as misdemeanors. The reclassification of felony offenses to misdemeanors has resulted in a significant reduction of DNA samples collected.

Friday, January 27, 2017

SACRAMENTO – In a ceremony yesterday, Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) honored residents from Sacramento, Elk Grove, Galt, and Lodi for their exceptional leadership and consistent positive impact on their communities.

“Today, I wanted to recognize and bring awareness to notable people in Assembly District 9 who have stepped up to make our community a better place to live, work, and raise a family,” said Assemblymember Cooper.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Jim Cooper  (D-Elk Grove) says the Governor gave a very passionate speech that hit on all the right points. “He really addressed what California wants,” said Assemblymember Cooper. “to make sure we take care of our citizens, our immigrants and our less fortunate.” Assemblymember Cooper says he’s concern about potential cuts coming from Washington that will hurt Californians. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Today marks the inauguration of a new president and we, as legislators in California, pause briefly to witness the event. While our goals differ from the incoming administration, we will waste no time in lament because we are intent upon our work for California.

Less than 20 miles from the State Capitol, the American Bald Eagle has been spotted in the wild. Its comeback from endangered status is symbolic, not only of California’s commitment to the environment, but symbolic, too, of our commitment to continue the struggle against injustice. That’s a struggle that began with the founding of the country that eagle represents.

We will continue to honor our commitments to the people of California. The California contract is a promise to ourselves and to one another that we will build a sustainable economy, environment and society that doesn’t just protect the wealthy or the powerful, but instead will benefit every Californian and benefit from every Californian.

To do that, we have to cement the gains we have made and build on their foundation. Our list of gains and goals is long, precisely because it is of, by and for all the people. We will stand by what we have achieved, and we will stand for further progress where it is needed, on every one of these issues:

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill 1289, authored by Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) would require Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft to complete comprehensive criminal background checks for their drivers. The bill was approved on a 60-4 bipartisan vote today by the California State Assembly.

Currently, the California Public Utilities Commission, which regulates TNCs, doesn't require TNCs to conduct thorough background checks which capture an individual's complete criminal history.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill 1660, authored by Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) will remove the sunset date of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) authority to administer statewide rules regarding high school athletic programs. The bill was signed today by Governor Brown.

“As a father and a longtime girls’ softball coach, I have been highly involved in high school athletic programs,” said Cooper. “The CIF plays a vital role in governing and creating an environment that promotes sportsmanship, honesty, and quality academics.”

Thursday, August 11, 2016

(Sacramento) – Paying for a college education is expensive but a Cal Grant might be the financial help you need. Learn more about the Cal  Grant program in this Public Service Announcement from Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove).