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Lawmakers revisit background checks for Uber, Lyft drivers

A late-arriving bill has California lawmakers revisiting the issue of mandating background checks for Uber and Lyft drivers.

Assembly member Jim Cooper introduced legislation this month that would force potential drivers to undergo fingerprints and fine the companies up to $50,000 for hiring drivers convicted of serious crimes. Cooper, an Elk Grove Democrat, said he was spurred to write a bill after district attorneys in San Francisco and Los Angeles charged Uber last month with employing drivers convicted of murder, sexual assault and other crimes.

Security Guard Training Legislation Passes Senate

Other Cooper Bill Sent to Governor

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill 1402, authored by Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), would further professionalize the security guard industry and protect the public. The bill was approved today on a bipartisan unanimous vote by the California State Senate.

“If a guard or bouncer wears a uniform or performs a security role, they should meet minimum professional standards and pass background checks,” said Cooper. “AB 1042 would ensure individuals providing security services are properly trained and licensed.”

Legislation to Assist Juvenile Offenders Passes Senate

Cooper’s E-Cigarette Bill Moves Forward

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill 989, authored by Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), would assist juvenile offenders on their path to becoming productive members of society. The bill was approved today on a unanimous vote by the California State Senate.

AB 989 would allow probation departments to determine the most appropriate and effective course of assistance and support for juvenile offenders.

Cooper’s Bill Requires Extensive Background Checks on Ride-Sharing Companies

SACRAMENTO – This week, Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) amended Assembly Bill 1289 to require Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar to complete comprehensive criminal background checks for their drivers.

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.

Cooper Agriculture Legislation Passes Senate

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill 732, authored by Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), pertaining to the transfer of cattle was approved on a 39-1 bipartisan vote today by the California State Senate.

AB 732 would create a brand inspection exemption for cattle being sold when the cattle are not being moved to a different farm or ranch and when the controlling interest of the farm remains the same (i.e. within the same family).

Passenger Safety Legislation Sent to the Governor

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill 1422, authored by Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), was approved today on a unanimous bipartisan vote by the California State Assembly. The bill would require Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar to participate in the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Employer Pull Notice Program.

Currently, the DMV Pull Notice program is only used by government agencies and employers such as taxi companies. This leaves out TNCs because their drivers are independent contractors. TNCs must manually access DMV records on a quarterly basis to review driving records – a process that is both inefficient and slow to catch such things as accidents, DUI convictions, or license suspensions.

Assemblymember Jim Cooper Issues Statement on the 95th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote

Sacramento – Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) released the following statement on today’s 95th Anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment, granting women in the United States the right to vote.

“Ninety-five years ago today was a momentous day for women and for our nation. However, the conversation about women’s equality must continue. Women are drastically underrepresented at every level of government; less than 25 percent of elected officials in the United States are women. 95 years later, women earn just 78 cents for every dollar a man earns. Our nation can do better; we need to continue the fight for women’s equality.”

Assemblymember Cooper represents the Cities of Sacramento, Elk Grove, Galt, and Lodi.

Cooper’s Legislation to Define E-Cigarettes as Tobacco Products Moves Forward

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assembly Bill X2-6, authored by Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), overwhelmingly passed its first policy committee. ABX2-6 would protect the public, specifically young people against exposure to e-cigarettes by ensuring they are accurately defined as tobacco products and fall under the state’s existing smoke-free laws.

“With flavors like bubblegum, cotton candy, and gummy bear, e-cigarettes are enticing to our youth. We cannot remain idle while the rate of e-cigarette use by kids skyrockets. We need to protect our children from addiction to this latest tobacco product and the subsequent health problems associated with its use,” said Cooper.

Cooper to Chair Committee on Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security (PERSS)

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) was appointed by Speaker Toni Atkins as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security (PERSS). The committee’s primary jurisdiction is oversight of classified school employees, judge’s retirement law, public employee collective bargaining, retirement administration, and retirement investment strategy.

“I want to thank Speaker Atkins for appointing me to this important committee,” said Cooper. “As Chair of the Assembly Committee on PERSS I look forward to serving California’s hardworking public employees, including the nearly 36,000 state workers residing in my district.”

Legislation to Improve Outcomes for Sexual Assault Victims Signed by Governor Brown

AB 1475 is Cooper’s First Bill

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jim Cooper’s (D-Elk Grove) first bill - legislation to improve coordination and services for sexual assault victims - has been signed into law by Governor Brown.

Assembly Bill 1475 will define and recognize Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART) in statute to ensure interagency cooperation and program coordination to effectively provide needed services to sexual assault victims.