Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The budget passed by the State Legislature Wednesday does many great things: it provides greater funding for affordable housing, builds the state’s Rainy Day Fund reserves, provides substantial new investment in higher education, and repeals the Maximum Family Grant.

The higher education provisions in total will make a great difference in the lives of Californians. The budget includes an additional $235 million for the California State University system, increases the number of slots for California students at Universities of California, caps out-of-state student enrollment, and provides another $190 million for the U.C. system. For community colleges, the budget supports two percent growth in enrollment and provides an additional $200 million to expand career technical education programs.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Are you caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia?

Several county agencies and non-profits will be presenting information to people caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia at a community round table on Friday.

Monday, June 13, 2016

(Sacramento) - The California State Assembly adjourned in memory of the 49 people murdered in an attack of a gay nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016. Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton), chair of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus, requested the adjournment, and spoke of the importance of safe spaces for the LGBT community and the corrosive effect of homophobia. Watch this Assembly Access Video to hear Assemblymember Talamantes-Eggman’s eloquent comments on the Assembly Floor.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

(SACRAMENTO, CA)  - The joint authors of California’s End of Life Option Act, Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) and Senators Bill Monning (D-Carmel) and Lois Wolk (D-Davis), released the following statement on the enactment of the End of Life Option Act today: 

“Today is a historic day for Californians who are terminally ill and want an additional option to those that previously existed.  The End of Life Option Act is now law and available to terminally ill Californians.

Monday, June 6, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman, D-Stockton, on Monday called for the resignation of the judge who sentenced a former Stanford swimmer convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman to just six months in county jail.

Brock Turner, 20, was arrested January 18, after two Stanford graduate students confronted him after spotting him lying on top of a woman near a garbage bin on the Palo Alto campus. He was convicted in May of three felonies: assault with intent to commit rape, sexually penetrating an unconscious person with a foreign object, and sexually penetrating an intoxicated woman with a foreign object. He could have been sentenced to up to 14 years in state prison; the prosecutor asked for six.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

SACRAMENTO – A bill by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman that would make more fresh food available to food banks was passed from the Assembly on Wednesday on a vote of 70 to 0.

Farmers who donate food are eligible for a state tax credit, but are limited to fresh fruits and vegetables and must use a burdensome system to quantify the value of the donation. Eggman’s bill, AB 1577, expands the list of eligible foods to include nuts, beans, dried fruit and meat, among other foods.

Friday, May 27, 2016

SACRAMENTO – A bill by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman, D-Stockton, to force a public vote on a controversial plan to divert water from the Delta through two massive underground tunnels stalled in committee on Friday.

The progress of the bill, AB 1713, through the legislative process and all the way to the Appropriations Committee, just one step from a vote on the Assembly floor, was unprecedented. Similar bills introduced in the past have failed to advance from even a single committee.

Monday, May 16, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Paul Fairbrook, of Stockton, who escaped Nazi Germany with his family and later enlisted in the U.S. Army, was recognized along with other survivors and their descendants on the floor of the State Assembly on Monday during the Annual Holocaust Remembrance ceremony.

As children growing up in Germany during the rise of the Nazi party, Fairbrook and his brother were thrown out of the German Boy Scouts and denied admission to school because they were Jewish.