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Sexual assault law signed by Gov. Brown expands safety net

Victims now have better access to resources

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) —Sexual assault victims now have a better guarantee to get the help they need through the Sexual Assault Resource Team.

"I don't think it's necessarily gonna make them feel safer," said assemblyman Jim Cooper of Elk Grove. "When it happens, you've got a team that's put together that's worked together and that will respond and deal with it."

Assemblymember Jim Cooper Issues Statement on the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

Sacramento – Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) released the following statement on today’s 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. This law prohibited racial discrimination in voting and enforced the voting rights guaranteed by the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution:

“Fifty years ago today marks a momentous day for our nation. I am thrilled by how far our Country has come but the conversation about civil rights must continue. Recent voter identification laws have weakened our citizen’s ability to exercise their right to vote. We need to make every effort to strengthen and protect voting rights for all Americans.”

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

Cooper Introduces Legislation to Define E-Cigarettes as Tobacco Products

SACRAMENTO - As part of a Tobacco regulation bill package released today, Assembly Bill X2-6, authored by Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), was introduced. The bill 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.

Legislation to Improve Outcomes for Sexual Assault Victims Sent to the Governor

SACRAMENTO - Assembly Bill 1475, authored by Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), was given unanimous final approval today by the California State Assembly and now goes to Governor Brown for his signature. The bill would define and recognize Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART) in statute for the purpose of providing a forum for interagency cooperation and coordination to effectively address the problem of sexual assault.

DNA Collection Legislation Fails in Key Committee

Would help Prevent Repeat Serious Violent Offenders from Re-offending

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill 390, authored by Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), failed on a 3-4 vote yesterday in the Senate Public Safety Committee. The bill would fix an unintended consequence of Proposition 47 and would allow DNA collection of criminals convicted of crimes that were previously felonies but are now reclassified as misdemeanors. AB 390 is now a two-year bill and the Committee will reconsider the bill next year.

“I am disappointed that four Committee members failed to see that DNA evidence is an essential tool for district attorneys to convict the guilty and exonerate the innocent. It assists in preventing repeat serious violent offenders including murderers and rapists from re-offending,” said Cooper.

Passenger Safety Legislation Approved by Policy Committee

Other Cooper Bills Advance

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill 1422, authored by Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), was unanimously approved today by the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee. AB 1422 would require Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar to enroll in the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Employer Pull Notice Program.

“The DMV Pull Notice program helps businesses and government agencies ensure that unsafe drivers are taken off the road quickly. AB 1422 would improve safety on our roads, particularly for passengers utilizing Uber and other similar transportation services,” said Cooper.

Cooper Honors Elk Grove Area High School Sports Teams in the Assembly

SACRAMENTO –During the last month, Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) has honored two Elk Grove area high school sports teams in special ceremonies on the Assembly floor for their recent division titles. This is the first time either team has been honored at the State Capitol.

“It is wonderful to have the opportunity to give special statewide recognition to the young men and women and their mentors from my district for their accomplishments. I’d like to congratulate both teams and those who have supported them on their success!” said Cooper.

Security Guard Training Standards Legislation Moves Forward

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill 1042, authored by Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), was unanimously approved today by the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee. AB 1042 would further professionalize the security guard industry and protect the public.

Recent violent incidents involving bouncers in San Diego, concert security in Sacramento, and an NBC San Diego exposé, shined a light on why training and licensing of security guards is critical to the public safety.