Press Releases

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill 16, authored by Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), was approved today by the Assembly Public Safety Committee. The bill would allow the collection of DNA upon conviction of seven specific crimes that were previously felonies but are now misdemeanors.


Saturday, October 14, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill 46, authored by Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) was signed into law today by Governor Jerry Brown. The bill will expand California’s pay equity laws to include all public employers, including the Legislature.


Last year, the Legislature passed several bills aimed at leveling the playing field for California’s working women and people of color. However, the legislation did not apply to California’s public sector or the Legislature.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill 1606, authored by Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) was signed today by Governor Jerry Brown. The bill ratifies a tribal-state gaming compact entered into between the State of California and the Wilton Rancheria.

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. 

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: