Ballot Tracking Bill Approved by Legislature

SACRAMENTO – The Legislature has approved Assembly Bill 2218, authored by Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto), which would enable California voters to track their vote by mail ballots by 2020.

Sacramento Report: GOP Seizes on DMV Wait Times

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.

Avoiding Census undercount + Dymanex off the table + Youth protest

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.”

Office of Elections Cybersecurity Approved by Legislature

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.

Lawmakers prep to make final push for range of legislation

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.

New law will halt misinformation sharing ahead of elections in California

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.

Los Altos resident named Veteran of the Year

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.

New California law requires voter data breach reporting

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.