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Thursday, October 5, 2017

As excerpted from the Mercury News.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s $17 billion proposal to build two massive tunnels through the Delta to make it easier to move water from north to south was hit with another setback Thursday as a state audit found it was suffering from “significant cost increases and delays.”
 
The 91-page report from California’s state auditor, Elaine Howle, said the state Department of Water Resources “has not completed either an economic or financial analysis to demonstrate the financial viability” of the project, which the Brown administration calls the California WaterFix.
Thursday, October 5, 2017

SACRAMENTO - The audit released today, which I requested with my Delta colleagues, further illuminates the many flaws of the WaterFix Project.  The findings reveal that after 11 years of planning there remain more questions than answers about the viability and benefits of the project.  Significant cost increases, failure to follow state law regarding contracts, inadequate expertise, and the absence of economic analysis or a financial plan – this is what more than a decade of planning has resulted in.  One can only imagine the boondoggle that will result if this project were ever to advance to the construction stage.  It is time for a different direction.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

As excerpted from The Mercury News.

California employers would be barred from asking job applicants about their prior salaries if Gov. Jerry Brown signs into law a new bill seeking to close the state’s gender pay gap.

“Nobody denies it’s a real issue,” said Assembly member Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton), who introduced the bill. “I think the remedies are what people debate about. And since it’s remained stubborn and hasn’t really moved, then why not try something that has been tried around the country?”

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

As excerpted from Capital & Main.

Many harm-reduction programs are already legal in California. You can buy testing kits, for example, and needle-exchange programs qualify for federal funding. But one of the most effective strategies, practiced in Europe and Canada, remains implicitly against state and federal law, despite evidence from other countries that it works: dedicated facilities where people can come to use their drugs in a safe, hygienic environment in the company of trained medical staff. “They increase the amount of people who get into treatment, they increase the amount of people who stay clean, decrease the amount of people who are contracting HIV, Hepatitis, and those kinds of things,” Assemblymember Susan Eggman (D-Stockton) told a press conference on International Overdose Awareness Day, August 31.
Thursday, September 28, 2017

As excerpted from KCRA News. 

A tragic skydiving accident in Lodi that took the lives of two jumpers in 2016 influenced a new law that aims to make owners and operators of skydiving facilities more accountable when things go wrong.
 
The bill -- known as Tyler’s Law -- was introduced by Stockton Assemblywoman Susan Eggman and was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown over the weekend.
Thursday, September 28, 2017

As excerpted from the Sacramento Bee. 

The state fined a Santa Monica nursing home for claiming a resident received physical therapy five days a week. At least 28 of those sessions were documented by nurse assistants who were not at work on those days. In Los Angeles, lawyers for a woman who was severely re-injured at a convalescent home discovered that nonexistent nurses made entries in her chart.
 
All that was detailed by The Sacramento Bee’s Marjie Lundstrom in 2011. Now, after failed legislative attempts in past years, Gov. Jerry Brown can correct this inequity by signing Assembly Bill 859 by Assemblywoman Susan Eggman, D-Stockton. The bill would help expose and thus discourage what was, until Lundstrom came along, a largely untold story of falsification of patient records in nursing homes.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

As excerpted from the Lodi News-Sentinel.

California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law over the weekend a bill that was spurred by deaths at the Lodi Parachute Center. Assembly Bill 295, authored by Assemblywoman Susan Eggman (D-Stockton) and also known as Tyler’s Law, will hold parachute centers accountable in state court if they fail to abide by federal safety regulations.
Monday, September 25, 2017

As excerpted from the Tracy Press. 

Final approval of AB 758, co-authored by Assemblywomen Susan Eggman, D-Stockton, and Catharine Baker, R-Dublin, was given Sept. 15 by the state Assembly and by the state Senate early Sept. 16. 
 
Tracy Mayor Pro Tem Veronica Vargas, who has been a leader of the committee that was formed several years ago to push for the establishment of the cross-Altamont rail authority, said she was at the state Capitol in Sacramento when both branches of the Legislature approved AB 758.

 

Friday, September 15, 2017

SACRAMENTO - Tonight I decided with my dedicated coauthors, Assemblymember Laura Friedman and Senators Scott Wiener and Ricardo Lara, that I would not bring Assembly Bill 186 up for another vote prior to the end of session. We have made incredible progress on this life-saving policy, from not getting a vote in policy committee last year all the way to the Senate floor. While I am disappointed that the bill will not pass at this time, I am committed to finding a way forward next year. The opioid epidemic continues and new solutions are desperately needed. 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

SACRAMENTO – A bill by Stockton Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman to ban employers from seeking the salary history of job applicants gained final legislative approval today and will now head to the Governor’s desk.