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Assemblymember Jim Cooper Issues Statement on Impending California State University Faculty Strike

Sacramento – Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) released the following statement regarding the impending strike announced by the faculty of the California State University system:

“As a proponent and supporter of faculty in our higher education system, I believe it is important that we recognize the hard work and sacrifices that over 26,000 faculty members have made since the great recession. Faculty should be recognized for the important role they play in educating our future leaders and they should be compensated fairly for their contributions and support of all students. I fully support the California Faculty Association’s request for a five percent increase in compensation for CSU faculty. I look forward to a quick resolution to this dispute without disruption to the 460,000 students that attend our California State Universities.”

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

Cooper Introduces Legislation to Help Sexual Assault Victims

SACRAMENTO –Today, Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) introduced Assembly Bill 1744. 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 Introduces Human Trafficking Evidentiary Access Legislation

SACRAMENTO – At a press conference today, Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), along with the Sacramento County District Attorney’s office, crime victim’s families, and bill supporters, announced the introduction of AB 1681. The bill will allow law enforcement to investigate and prosecute suspected criminals and criminal organizations that are involved in human trafficking and other serious crimes.

In 2014, cell phone manufactures began providing new operating systems for smartphones and tablets, these new operating systems employ, by default, “full-disk encryption” (FDE).

Passenger Safety Legislation Signed into Law

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill 1422, authored by Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), will require Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar to participate in the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Employer Pull Notice Program. The Bill was signed today by Governor Brown.

“AB 1422 will improve safety on our roads, particularly for passengers utilizing Uber and other similar transportation services,” said Cooper. “I am very pleased and I applaud the Governor for signing this important public safety legislation.”

Grape Escape to Return Thanks to New Legislation

SACRAMENTO--Sacramento's annual Grape Escape event brings wine, beer and food lovers together every June for the last 15 years - except one.

"The Grape Escape has been in Sacramento for 15 years and last year it got canceled because of old prohibitionary laws, the tied-house laws," Assemblymember Jim Cooper said.