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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

SACRAMENTO — The California Assembly has passed a bill creating a program that sets a 75-percent recycling target for scrap tires within the state.

The bill, Assembly Bill 2908, directs the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) to develop an incentive system to make payments to entities that purchase waste tire material to use in making products for end-users.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The annual court efficiencies bill is on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk.

Each year, the Consumer Attorneys of California and the California Defense Counsel sponsor a bill designed to improve how courts operate. This year’s version, AB 2230, passed the full Assembly by a 78-1 vote on Monday.

It contains two main provisions.

First, it would allow one side to file a concise outline of a discovery request, instead of filing a separate statement as currently required under California Rules of Court. This provision will affect motions to compel further responses regarding documents and matters of fact relating to admissibility of documents.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Today Governor Brown signed 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.

Monday, August 27, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Today the Legislature passed Assembly Bill 2639, authored by Assemblymembers Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto) and Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach), aimed at preventing student suicide, the second leading cause of death among 10- to 24- year olds.

“Having outdated suicide prevention policies will do little to protect our students,” said Assemblymember Berman. “This proactive bill will ensure that schools’ suicide prevention policies stay relevant and continue to support students’ mental health needs.”

Friday, August 24, 2018

With less than three months to the midterm elections, American voters remain vulnerable to the same type of information warfare that Russia used to interfere with the 2016 presidential race. Election officials say voting systems are better protected against hackers than they were two years ago, but intelligence experts say the federal government hasn't tackled the threat of foreign-created disinformation on social media.

The risk endures after Russian nationals used hundreds of fake social media accounts to stoke political discord in the U.S. in 2016, according to an indictment earlier this year by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Friday, August 24, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Today Governor Brown signed 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.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

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.

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.