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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

California is poised to officially create an Office of Elections Cybersecurity, a new bureau dedicated to combating cyberattacks directed at the state's voting systems and correcting disinformation directed at voters. The new agency, which will be housed under the secretary of state's office, was approved this week by both houses of the state legislature.

The Office of Elections Cybersecurity will be responsible for disseminating information on cyberthreats against voting systems to county- and city-level elections officials. It is also designed to be a point of contact for federal officials to coordinate responses and to oversee cybersecurity training for local boards of elections, which are often less equipped than larger government agencies to fend off threats from foreign intelligence agencies.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Assemblyman Berman welcomes guests to the State Capitol for ACR 265 Computer Science Education Month
Assemblyman Berman welcomes guests to the State Capitol for ACR 265 Computer Science Education Month
Assemblyman Berman welcomes guests to the State Capitol for ACR 265 Computer Science Education Month

Assemblymember Berman is joined by State Board of Education Member Trish Williams, former Assemblymember Susan Bonilla, Microsoft's Jonathan Noble, Computer Science Coordinator Jared Amalong, and Education Program Consultant Pamela Castleman to present Assembly Concurrent Resolution 265, which designates September 2018 as California Computer Science Education Month.

Monday, August 13, 2018

All summer long, there’s been a steady stream of news about impossibly long lines at DMVs across the state.

The DMV recently expanded Saturday hours to try to cut down the delays, and as lawmakers returned from summer recess, they announced plans to try and deal with the problem.

Monday, August 13, 2018

California is ramping up efforts to ensure as many residents as possible are counted in the 2020 Census. At stake is billions of dollars, congressional representation and concerns surrounding the treatment of immigrants.

Assemblymman Marc Berman, D-Palo Alto, along with others, is convening a hearing at 11 a.m. today to unite public and private groups. Berman said his primary goal is to get everybody “on the same page on the strategy leading up to the 2020 census.”

Monday, August 13, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Today the Legislature approved Assembly Bill 3075, authored by Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto), to establish the Office of Elections Cybersecurity (OEC) within the Secretary of State’s office.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

SACRAMENTO – The Legislature has unanimously approved Assembly Bill 2941, authored by Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto), to ensure that victims of wildfires and other natural disasters have continued access to health care.

“The passage of this bill could not be timelier as wildfires rage throughout our state. Every Californian deserves the assurance that their health care needs will be met during a state of emergency,” said Berman.

Monday, July 23, 2018

A slate of election reform bills, housing protections and improved student safety and well-being are among the initiatives local legislators are hoping continue to gain momentum when the state Legislature reconvenes Aug. 6.

Out on summer recess as of Friday, July 13, legislators had a chance to catch their breath from a busy year of drafting and tracking progress on bills aimed at a range of goals, from securing state elections from cyber threats to protecting veterans from housing discrimination.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

State legislators are hoping California voters won’t have to worry about “fake news” or other attempts to troll online ahead of November’s election.

Assembly Bill 1678, authored by Assemblyman Marc Berman, D-Menlo Park, aimed at securing California’s voting system, criminalizes any attempt to tamper with voting information ahead of elections. The bill was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday, and took effect immediately.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Los Altos resident Ron Labetich deeply appreciates the sacrifices veterans have made in serving their country. He’s shown his gratitude in numerous ways over the past several years, primarily by spearheading fundraising efforts for the Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College.

State Assemblyman Marc Berman, whose 24th District includes Los Altos, recognized Labetich’s contributions last month by naming him Veteran of the Year. Berman presented Labetich, a U.S. Coast Guard vet, with the award during the 11th annual Veterans Recognition Luncheon June 20 in Sacramento.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Journalists, researchers and political campaigns that receive voter data must tell California officials if it may have been stolen under a new law Gov. Jerry Brown announced he signed Monday.

It requires people and organizations that have California voter registration data to report security breaches affecting the storage of that information, which can include names, birth dates and addresses.