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Lackey, who has joined Wilk and Smith in demanding the end of public safety power shutoffs, called victory this legislative year after killing SB54, which would have allowed bars in pilot cities to remain open until 3 a.m.  “Not only have I dealt with traffic safety, I’ve worked these hours in question for over two decades,” said Lackey in September on the State Assembly floor. “I’ve sat in the homes of people to share the absolute worst news. People have lost loved ones because people were impaired.” His two-bill package focusing on developmental disabilities and one on suicide prevention…
California needs even more ambitious climate change goals. That's the message 14 progressive Democratic lawmakers unveiled Monday as part of the California Green New Deal Act, which they call bold and big. “We’re not getting help from the federal administration, so it’s time for California to do what we do best: to step up and lead,” the bill’s lead author Oakland Democratic Assembly member Rob Bonta said. “Our children, Mother Nature, and the scientific community are all screaming at us to do more and to act faster.” But the legislation isn’t just about accelerating the state’s climate…
Assemblyman Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin) and Senator Brian Jones (R-Santee) announced this week that they have requested a statewide audit of homelessness spending in California. The Joint Legislative Audit Committee will consider the request on February 19, 2020. “The Governor is approaching our homelessness crisis with the sense of urgency it requires, but it’s important that we do not measure success just by how many dollars we spend,” Assemblyman Kiley said. “Billions have been spent in recent years, yet people are not getting the help they need and the problem continues to grow. For the…
Most politicians will tell you that their primary focus is to listen to constituents’ concerns and try and improve the things that affect them most. However, whether they actually mean that is up for debate. Assemblyman Tom Lackey, however, seems to be more about getting things done, than merely talking about what he’d like to do. He introduced a bill Monday, to electrify California’s commuter rail system, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and cut Southern California commute times in half by 2028. That seems like a long time to wait, but as the saying goes, “time flies.” “Assembly Bill…
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to reform probation in California would dramatically cut the amount of time criminals can spend under supervision, capping the maximum penalty at two years instead of five. He characterizes the proposal as one that would actually reduce crime by focusing resources in the first 18 months of probation and freeing up money for other anti-recidivism programs. He detailed the plan as part of his 2020 budget proposal. It would shorten the maximum felony probation term from five to two years and the maximum misdemeanor term from three to two years. “This will be…