- Created on Thursday, 31 May 2012 18:20
- Written by IVN
Sacramento, California - Four bills by Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez (D-Coachella) have been approved by the State Assembly and now advance to the State Senate prior to Friday’s constitutional deadline.
AB 1830, Reimbursement of Mobile Home Park Residents, passed the Assembly Floor with unanimous support. This measure amends current law to provide residents of mobile home parks who purchase water services from the park with the same overcharge protections and remedies enjoyed by customers of investor owned utilities. Absent these protections, mobile home residents, already among the poorest Californians, will experience unequal protection under the law.
AB 2537, Zero Tolerance Education Policy Reform, makes some modest changes to current zero tolerance laws to clarify that in limited situations school administrators have additional discretion to determine whether alternative punishments should be taken in lieu of expulsion, while still insuring our schools are kept as safe as possible. This bill is part of a package of reforms being proposed related to the state’s zero tolerance school discipline policies. Studies have repeatedly shown that when a student is suspended or expelled from school they are far more likely to drop out or enter the juvenile justice system.
AB 1545, Bi-National Economic Development & Infrastructure Bank, heightens the role of the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank as a facilitator and financing partner of infrastructure and economic development financing activities in the California and Mexico border region. Mexico is California’s largest trading partner, and the two economies are closely integrated through cross-border trade, yet a deficit in border infrastructure impedes the ability of businesses and workers on both sides of the border to prosper. Provisions in the bill specifically prohibit state moneys from being used to finance projects in Mexico.
Another bill heading to the Senate is AB 2205, Lithium Extraction in Geothermal Technologies, which passed the Floor on consent last week. The bill makes a regulatory clarification to facilitate the use of a new lithium extraction process at geothermal plants, a change that will help spur business creation in new industries tied to geothermal energy. Lithium is an important element for the production of electric vehicle batteries and other energy storage technologies, also helping meet the state’s emission reduction and electric vehicle goals.
Pérez chose not to bring his resident worker permit bill, AB 1544, to vote this week, in order to facilitate further dialogue with stakeholders. Regarding his decision, Pérez explained, “All stakeholders are committed to this policy, and we are very close to reaching an agreement that meets the workforce needs of growers and ensures safety and stability for workers and their families. I prefer to take the time needed to do this right rather than to rush this process, and when the policy is ready, I look forward to presenting it.”
The Agriculture Jobs & Industry Stabilization Act of 2012 establishes a pilot program whereby current unauthorized immigrant workers in these sectors may receive a permit to remain in California and work legally, provided they pay a fee and meet specified criteria. The program would be overseen by federal authorities and administered by the Employment Development Department.