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Legislation to Help Keep Opioids Out of the Hands of Youth Passes First Policy Committee

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill 2592, authored by Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), was unanimously approved today by the Assembly Health Committee. The bill would establish the Opioid Abuse Prevention Pilot Program to increase the level of safety and encourage the safe storage of prescription drugs to curb the rise in prescription drug abuse cases among children and young adults.

Assemblymember Cooper Calls on UC Davis Chancellor’s Resignation

Sacramento – Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) released the following statement calling on UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi’s resignation:

“It saddens me to think that while our students are strapped with student debt to pay for the astronomical prices of college textbooks, Chancellor Katehi in a clear conflict of interest received $420,000 from the same textbook publishers that are exploiting our students.

Bill to Help Sexual Assault Victims Passes First Committee

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill 1744, authored by Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), was approved today by the Assembly Public Safety Committee on a unanimous bipartisan vote. The bill would require the development of a standardized sexual forensic medical evidence kit, also known as a “rape kit” to be used throughout California.

“Often there is confusion among examination teams as to what should be included in a rape kit and how to administer the kit,” said Assemblymember Jim Cooper. “AB 1744 will ensure that every rape kit used in the state would be identical, thus making it easier for examination teams to be properly trained and proficient at administering an exam on a victim of sexual assault.”

Cooper Appointed to Key Leadership Position

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) was appointed by Speaker Anthony Rendon to serve as Assistant Majority Floor Leader as part of the Speaker’s new leadership team.

Assembly Member Ridley-Thomas Applauds the Year-Long Closure of Gang Controlled Motel in South LA

SACRAMENTO, CA – Assembly Member Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles), Member of the California Legislative Los Angeles County Caucus, released the following statement today on Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer's announcement of the year-long closure of a gang controlled motel in South Los Angeles.

"Today the City Attorney announced that his office secured a court order for a one year closure of the Bronco Motel in South Los Angeles. This motel along Western Avenue was notorious for gang activity that threatened the safety of our community. I commend the City Attorney for his commitment to public safety in South Los Angeles.

"I believe Sacramento can be an effective ally to local leaders who want to reduce blight and improve public safety. For instance, a bill that I authored last session gives the City Attorney the authority to evict tenants who threaten the safety of our children due to illegal conduct involving guns. We cannot allow bad actors to hold our communities hostage."

Cooper Introduces Bill to Expand Funding for After-School Programs

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) introduced Assembly Bill 2663. The bill will increase funding to California’s After School Education and Safety program for low-income children.

“We must continue to invest in education and support students, especially those in disadvantaged communities,” said Assemblymember Jim Cooper. “After-school programs provide essential and meaningful academic and enrichment activities for students and help keep kids off the streets and out of trouble.”

Bill Aims to Expand Tuition and Fee Waivers at California Universities

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) introduced Assembly Bill 2166. The bill would exempt surviving relatives of California law enforcement officers or firefighters who are killed in the line of duty from system wide tuition and fees.

“Family members of a law enforcement officer or firefighter who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their state should be able to attend college free of tuition and fees,” said Assemblymember Jim Cooper. “AB 2166 will ensure these individuals will continue to attend college without paying campus based fee.”

Cooper Introduces Bill to Help Improve Air Quality in Disadvantaged Communities

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) introduced Assembly Bill 1965. The bill would provide financial incentives for low-income individuals to replace their old, high-polluting, and less reliable vehicles with newer, cleaner, and more dependable vehicles.

AB 1965 directs the California Air Resources Board to expand the Enhanced Fleet Modernization Program (EFMP) Plus-Up. Currently, EFMP Plus-Up is only available in two out of 35 air districts in California. AB 1965 will expand the program to regions with poor air quality and large populations in disadvantaged communities.