Press Releases

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

SACRAMENTO – In an effort to combat gun violence, Assistant Majority Leader Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) presented a package of bills aimed at curtailing gun violence by ending the production of untraceable homemade firearms and by making the theft of a firearm a felony.

“Increasingly untraceable, undetectable, and stolen firearms are being used in serious crimes,” said Assemblymember Cooper, a former 30-year law enforcement officer. “I am proud to author legislation to address these issues and protect the public while safeguarding our Second Amendment rights.”

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill 2564 is one of two bills authored by Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) aimed at addressing poor air quality in disadvantaged communities. The bill will make improvements to the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) to ensure clean vehicles are more accessible to low-income individuals and a greater number of California drivers. The bill was approved yesterday on a unanimous vote by the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources.

The CVRP provides consumer rebates for the purchase of zero-emission and plug-in hybrid passenger vehicles to accelerate on‐road deployment of zero‐tailpipe‐emission‐capable passenger vehicles – including fuel‐cell, all‐battery, and plug‐in hybrid electric vehicles to encourage clean technology.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

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.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

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.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

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.”

Thursday, March 10, 2016

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.

Friday, March 4, 2016

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."