Press Releases

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.

Friday, January 27, 2017

SACRAMENTO – In a ceremony yesterday, Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) honored residents from Sacramento, Elk Grove, Galt, and Lodi for their exceptional leadership and consistent positive impact on their communities.

“Today, I wanted to recognize and bring awareness to notable people in Assembly District 9 who have stepped up to make our community a better place to live, work, and raise a family,” said Assemblymember Cooper.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Today marks the inauguration of a new president and we, as legislators in California, pause briefly to witness the event. While our goals differ from the incoming administration, we will waste no time in lament because we are intent upon our work for California.

Less than 20 miles from the State Capitol, the American Bald Eagle has been spotted in the wild. Its comeback from endangered status is symbolic, not only of California’s commitment to the environment, but symbolic, too, of our commitment to continue the struggle against injustice. That’s a struggle that began with the founding of the country that eagle represents.

We will continue to honor our commitments to the people of California. The California contract is a promise to ourselves and to one another that we will build a sustainable economy, environment and society that doesn’t just protect the wealthy or the powerful, but instead will benefit every Californian and benefit from every Californian.

To do that, we have to cement the gains we have made and build on their foundation. Our list of gains and goals is long, precisely because it is of, by and for all the people. We will stand by what we have achieved, and we will stand for further progress where it is needed, on every one of these issues:

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill 1289, authored by Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) would require Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft to complete comprehensive criminal background checks for their drivers. The bill was approved on a 60-4 bipartisan vote today by the California State Assembly.

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.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill 1660, authored by Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) will remove the sunset date of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) authority to administer statewide rules regarding high school athletic programs. The bill was signed today by Governor Brown.

“As a father and a longtime girls’ softball coach, I have been highly involved in high school athletic programs,” said Cooper. “The CIF plays a vital role in governing and creating an environment that promotes sportsmanship, honesty, and quality academics.”

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill 1965, authored by Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) was approved on a bipartisan vote today by the Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing. 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 program. 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.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill 1744, authored by Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), was approved today by the Senate Committee on Public Safety 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.”