Friday, March 27, 2015

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) joined with her fellow lawmakers to honor the life and work of United Farm Workers founder César Chavez during the final floor session before California’s César Chavez holiday on March 31st. Assemblymember Eggman, Chair of the LGBT Caucus, pointed out that Chavez was one of the first civil rights leaders to acknowledge the LGBT community, “César Chavez was one of the people who, in the early days when it was not popular to stand with the LGBT community, was the one who said “We can’t fight for equality for ourselves if we tolerate discrimination against others”.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

We are now in our fourth year of drought, and the regularity with which we adopt “emergency” drought measures demands either a rethink about what an emergency is, or about the exact kind of emergency we are in.

It is long past time that we think of ourselves as needing to adopt temporary measures to get us through a drought, and start thinking about the emergency being a continuing mismatch between our demand for water and nature’s supply of it.

When he introduced his emergency drought measures, Governor Brown talked about the need for California to make hard choices, but it’s long past time that even rationing can count as a hard choice.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Woman of the Year 2015

SACRAMENTO – Wilhelmina Henry, Stockton’s first black teacher, was honored on Monday as the 13th Assembly District’s Woman of the Year

Henry, 95, applied to teach in Stockton Unified School District in 1947, years before the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that desegregated the nation’s schools. At first rejected, Henry was hired after passing the district’s teacher test (required only of non-white applicants) with the highest score.

Friday, February 27, 2015

(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Susan Talamantes-Eggman (D-Stockton) has signed on as a principal co-author of Senate Bill 128, the End of Life Option Act, and is its chief advocate in the Assembly. This is a bill to authorize the medical practice of aid-in-dying in California. The legislation is modeled on legislation in Oregon and other states where aid-in-dying has been proven to be effective and successful. During a state capitol news conference when SB 128 was introduced, Assemblymember Eggman said, “People want a range of options. For some people that’s hospice. For some people that’s palliative care. For some people that’s treatment no matter what.” The family of Brittany Maynard and other advocates joined the presser. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

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Reception ceremony for the transition of the California Army National Guard's 3-140th Aviation Regiment from CH-47D Chinook Helicopters to new CH-47F Chinook Helicopters.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman has introduced legislation that would extend to widowed homeowners and other heirs the same legal protections granted to homeowners.

It is not uncommon for only one person in a household to be listed on a given mortgage, and lenders have argued that the protections for homeowners created by the California Homeowner Bill of Rights (HBOR) do not extend to their widows, widowers and other surviving heirs.

Currently, these homeowners can find themselves caught in a “Catch 22” if they seek a loan modification:  Servicers tell them that they can’t modify the loan until they assume the mortgage, but won’t let them assume the mortgage unless they show they can afford it. As a result, mortgage payments are missed, fees rack up, and foreclosure becomes more likely.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

SACRAMENTO – A bill introduced by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman extends to all stalking victims a right to force their stalkers to move well away from them upon release, whether they served their sentence in state prison or county jail.

The bill, AB 231, would forbid a convicted stalker, who is under county supervision, from moving within 35 miles of their victim's home or place of work. The protection must be requested by the victim, and is subject to state approval.

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(Sacramento) -  Assemblymember Susan Talamantes-Eggman (D-Stockton) was one of the featured guests on KPCC Radio’s AirTalk with Larry Mantel to discuss new legislation (SB 128) dubbed the End of Life Option Act.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (Stockton), Chair of the Legislative Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Caucus, released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court agreeing to hear appeals on gay marriage bans from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which include Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.

“Marriage equality has been a priority and a dream of the LGBT community for decades.  With now 36 states, including the District of Columbia, allowing same-sex marriage, we have momentum on our side.

The institution of marriage not only provides certain legal and financial privileges, it is a powerful symbolic gesture of love and commitment. Marrying my partner of 32 years last year was one of the greatest days of my life. It was an experience and an opportunity that many loving couples across the country are still denied. The institution of marriage not only provides over 1,000 legal and financial privileges, it is a powerful symbol of a couple’s love and commitment. It is something to be cherished and shared.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

SACRAMENTO – A report released today by the State Auditor, requested by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman, D – Stockton, reveals a program to charge fees for 24-hour, out-of-home care of disabled children is “riddled” with delays and inconsistencies and is leaving hundreds of thousands of dollars uncollected.

The Department of Developmental Services Parental Fee Program assesses a fee to parents of children who receive 24-hour out-of-home care, based upon a fee schedule that takes into account adjusted gross income, family size, and the age of the child in placement.