Press Release

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Sacramento – Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) released the following statement in response to recent provocations surrounding SB 562 and single payer healthcare:

“I would like to express my deepest condemnation of the cowardly acts being provoked by the proponents of single payer healthcare. As a 33-year law enforcement officer, I have seen first-hand how threats impact victims and their families. It is never justifiable to incite violence and threaten the lives of an elected official, their family, or any person. 

Friday, June 2, 2017

(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) stood in opposition to a bail reform measure (Assembly Bill 42) during debate on the Assembly floor. Assemblymember Cooper, who ran Sacramento County’s 25-hundred bed jail for many years, says the wholesale dismantling of the bail system proposed under AB 42 “will not help anybody.” Watch this Assembly Access video to hear more of Assemblymember’s argument in opposition to AB 42.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

(Sacramento) – Pay equity is the goal and Assembly Bill 46 is the vehicle to get us there. That’s how Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) feels about his AB 46, a pay equity bill which would expand California’s pay equity laws for women and minorities to encompass all employees both public and private. Currently, it only applies to the private sector. “Last year, we passed several bills aimed at leveling the playing field for California’s working women and people of color,” Assemblymember Cooper said. “I have introduced a package of bills to provide equality for those workers in our public sector.” Watch this Assembly Access video to see Assemblymember Cooper present AB 46 to the full Assembly.

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) – 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.

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.