Saturday, March 5, 2016

(Sacramento) – At a joint legislative hearing of the Assembly Appropriations and Senate Government Finance Committees, Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) pressed for a statewide vote on the Governor’s proposed “twin tunnels” project to carry water under the Delta to Southern California. “An enormous amount of time and energy has been wasted rebranding and repackaging the same old Peripheral Canal plan that voters rejected decades ago,” Assemblymember Eggman said. “It’s tragic that despite our ongoing drought, this flawed plan is being forced on us without any true debate even though it will not add one drop of water to California’s supply, but it will raise the water rates and potentially property taxes of millions of Californians.” Assemblymember Eggman has proposed legislation to force a statewide vote on the project.

Friday, February 12, 2016

(San Rafael, CA) – California State Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) hosted a “Personal Choice, End of Life Options” Town Hall in San Rafael.  The purpose of the gathering was to discuss Assembly Bill 15 (Eggman) in the Second Extraordinary Session, which was signed into law by Governor Brown.  The law will allow dying Californians and their doctors to make end of life decisions regarding their passing.  ABX2-15 will allow mentally stable, terminal patients with six months or less to live to seek a physician’s prescription for life-ending medication that would allow the patient to pass in a painless manner, rather than endure on-going pain and suffering prior to their impending death.  Over 200 people packed the San Rafael City Council Chambers to hear about the new law.  Community members were able to ask questions and make comments.  The law’s author, Assemblymember Susan Talamantes-Eggman (D-Stockton) along with end of life advocates and experts answered questions and gave useful information to the standing-room-only crowd.  Assemblymember Levine moderated the event.  Watch this Assembly Access Video to see a portion of the town hall meeting.

Monday, February 8, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) and Senators Lois Wolk (D-Davis) and Bill Monning (D-Carmel) released the following joint statement on the passing of Christy O’Donnell:

“Christy was an amazing fighter and will be tremendously missed. Her advocacy in support of the End of Life Option Act was inspiring. That she championed this law knowing it would likely not take effect in time for her to benefit from it is a testament to her courage and humanity. Christy, her family and her friends are in our thoughts and prayers. We hope the law can take effect very soon without any unnecessary delay.”

For more information contact David.Stammerjohan@asm.ca.gov and William.Kim@asm.ca.gov, or by phone at (916) 319-2013 (main line).

Monday, February 1, 2016

Meet our ‪#‎AD13Strong recipient of the month Starla Beltran! Starla found a wallet with $4,000 cash outside her workplace. Even though she was riding a skateboard to and from work, she didn't hesitate to track the person down to return the money. Her willingness to do the right thing has inspired countless others. Thank you Starla for demonstrating the true spirit of #AD13Strong.

Friday, January 22, 2016

SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman announced today that she is introducing legislation to block the Governor’s controversial Twin Tunnels project unless it is approved by the voters of California on a statewide ballot.

“An enormous amount of time and energy has been wasted rebranding and repackaging the same old Peripheral Canal plan that voters rejected decades ago,” Eggman said. “It’s tragic that despite our ongoing drought, this flawed plan is being forced on us without any true debate even though it will not add one drop of water to California’s supply, but it will raise the water rates and potentially property taxes of millions of Californians.”

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman has introduced legislation increasing the funding and flexibility of a state tax exemption program that encourages projects that develop and use alternative energies.

The California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA) currently offers $100 million a year in sales and use tax exemptions to encourage the development of alternate energies. Previously funded projects include the manufacturing of electric vehicles and their batteries, biomass processing and fuel production and solar photovoltaic production.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

(Stockton, CA) – Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) was the host for a Public Forum of the State Assembly’s Select Committee on the Status of Women and Girls of Color. Committee Chair Nora Campos (D-San Jose) and Committee member Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) were also on hand for the forum. The Select Committee and its panel of experts discussed what factors impact the lives of women and girls of color and their families. Specifically, what promotes success? What limits success? More than a dozen women and girls from the audience also testified. The Stockton hearing and previous meetings in San Jose and Los Angeles will help create the platform the Select Committee will use for future hearings and future policy. Learn more in this Assembly Access video.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The inaugural #AD13Strong winner is Abbigail Hickman. This 12-year-old from Tracy is making a grown-up difference for the welfare of animals in the Tracy area. A visit to the Tracy Animal Shelter in 2013 after the death of her beloved cat, Blackie, inspired her to do what she could to improve conditions for shelter animals. She was just nine years old at the time, but since then, she has raised more than $30,000 through her bowling fundraisers, Pins for Pets. You have probably already heard of Abbi; She was recently awarded the ASPCA's 2015 Kid of the Year award, and the Record profiled her earlier this year. Abbi is making #AD13Strong!

Monday, October 5, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman, D – Stockton, Senator Lois Wolk, D – Davis and Senator Bill Monning, D – Carmel released the following statement upon the Governor’s signing ABxx 15, The End of Life Option Act:

“It was Brittany Maynard who provided the impetus to make this moment possible, but there are thousands of people over decades who contributed to this movement.  This could not have been achieved without the help of many terminally-ill Californians and their families, who entrusted to us their time and energy, their experiences of suffering and pain, and the sacred value of their hope that we might be able to act in time for them.  We are relieved and overjoyed that with Governor Brown’s characteristically reasoned decision, we can say that California has done the best it could to make a difference for them.”

Saturday, September 12, 2015

SACRAMENTO – A bill to allow terminally ill Californians to obtain medication to aid in dying passed from the State Legislature today following a final vote of the senate, which had already passed a substantially similar bill earlier in the session.

The bill, ABX2-15, is authored by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman, D-Stockton, and was presented on the Senate floor by Senator Lois Wolk, D-Davis. It allows for mentally-capable, terminally-ill adults the option to request a doctor’s prescription for aid-in-dying drugs to painlessly and peacefully hasten their death.

It passed from the Senate on a vote of 23-14.