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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Consistent with a fiscally-prudent legacy Gov. Jerry Brown will leave behind after his final year in office, Wednesday’s unveiling of his $1.37 billion budget proposal was welcomed news to local lawmakers.

San Mateo County representatives cheered a spending plan that outlines filling the state’s rainy-day fund, increasing funding for schools, and allocating the first full round of new gas tax revenue toward transportation.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Here’s what interest groups and political leaders are saying about Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget:

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto) released the following statement in response to the Governor’s budget:

“As Chair of the Assembly Elections & Redistricting Committee, I applaud the Governor for his commitment in this budget to strengthening our democracy, and to fair and effective representation.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

As 2017 comes to a close, the new year brings implementation of new laws.

Three state legislators representing the local electorate collectively championed a range of new rules that touch on education, elections, housing, public safety, transportation and more.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto) authored ten bills that will go into effect on January 1, 2018. The legislation is related to a variety of issues, including the environment, education, food security, elections, court efficiency, and victims’ rights.

Environment

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The California Master Plan for Higher Education of 1960 is a testament to California’s commitment to accessible, affordable, high quality higher education. However, much has changed in California since the state detailed its vision for higher education 57 years ago. Population growth, increased diversity, technological advancement, and the rise of new industries have altered student needs and boosted demand for higher education.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Amidst all the dreary news of sexual harassment and assault coming out of Hollywood, the Golden State got some good news. On Thursday, Oct. 12, California became the latest state to pass the Sexual Assault Survivors' Bill of Rights, giving much-needed protections to survivors of sexual assault. The bill provides a number of provisions that are designed to make the process of reporting an assault to authorities and pursuing criminal cases easier.

Assemblyman Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto), one of the bill's joint authors, tells Elite Daily, "Now, when people go through this experience, they’re going to be supported a lot more, and it’s going to be clear for them what their rights are."

Monday, October 16, 2017

SACRAMENTO – On Sunday night, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill by Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto) to curb deceptive signature-gathering practices. Assembly Bill 1367 extends criminal penalties to any individual, company, or organization that directs or allows a signature gatherer to misrepresent an initiative, referenda, or recall petition.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Brown signed the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights, joint authored by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) and Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto).

“I am proud to be a joint author of AB 1312, the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights,” said Assemblymember Berman. “By enacting this critical legislation, our state has made a commitment to support and protect survivors first and foremost.”​

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Today Governor Brown signed a bill by Assemblymember Berman (D-Palo Alto) that provides communities with a financing tool to prepare for and respond to the impacts of climate change. Assembly Bill 733 allows local governments to fund climate change adaptation efforts using Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts (EIFDs).