Monday, September 30, 2013

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown today signed two more bills authored by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman.

The first Eggman bill signed by the governor on Monday was AB 748, which modifies the judgment interest rate charged against public entities in tax- and fee-related claims, a potentially significant savings to local governments and the state. The other was AB 865, a reform of fees charged under the Yacht and Ship Brokers Act, and supported by the recreational boating and marina community.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

STOCKTON - Twelve months ago, it was abundantly clear Stockton was on its way to shattering the record for homicides in a single year.

2012 ended with the violent deaths of 71 people - one killing almost every four days - the third-highest homicide rate in American large cities, behind only Detroit and Oakland.

But homicides in 2013 are down 60 percent and nonfatal injury shootings are down 50 percent.

What's happening here now, considered a multifaceted success story, was the focus Friday of a unique hearing in Stockton convened by the California Assembly Select Committee on Gun Violence in the East Bay.

The strong similarities between the violence occurring in Oakland and Stockton prompted the committee's chairman, Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, to invite Stockton's Democratic assemblywoman, Susan Talamantes Eggman, to join the committee. But she said she would accept only if Bonta agreed to hold a hearing in Stockton.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Stockton's freshman Democratic assemblywoman, Susan Talamantes Eggman, had her first piece of legislation signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown last week.

Assembly Bill 372 improves opportunities for military veterans seeking jobs with the state by eliminating a Vietnam-era policy that prevented them from earning preference for civil service positions requiring a bachelor's degree and two years of experience. It also ensures that every veteran who earns a qualifying score on an open, nonpromotional state civil service exam gets placed on the hiring list.

The bill passed both houses of the state Legislature with bipartisan support and no organized opposition.

"In general, it's good policy. As our world has changed, our laws should change too," Eggman said.

"During the Vietnam War, the state excluded veterans on the justification that granting them preference for service undermined the principle of merit. Service is merit," she said.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

(Sacramento) – Legislation authored by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes-Eggman (D-Stockton) which would prohibit law enforcement agencies from requiring crime victims to prove they are in the country legally in order for them to get information on crime incidents, is moving through the capitol process. The bill would also require a state or local law enforcement agency, if it requires identification, to accept certain forms of identification from the victim of an incident to obtain that information. Assembly Bill 11-95 puts Assemblymember Eggman in the forefront of advocating for undocumented immigrants, who often are reluctant to come forward when they are crime victims. Here’s more in this Assembly Web Report.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman’s first bill – improving opportunities for veterans in state civil service – was signed into law Monday by the governor.

The first bill Eggman introduced, AB 372 eliminates a Vietnam-era policy that prevented veterans from earning preference for state civil service positions requiring a bachelor’s degree and two years of experience. The bill also ensures that every veteran who achieves a qualifying score on an open, non-promotional state civil service exam is placed on the hiring list.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Excerpted from The Record, (Stockton, Calif.)

STOCKTON - Susan Eggman is having the time of her life and working hard at it.

Not since former state Sen. Patrick Johnston, D-Stockton, left office 13 years ago has San Joaquin County had such an outspoken advocate in the California Legislature.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

(Stockton, CA) -- Several hundred people attended a special town hall meeting, hosted by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton), to explain how Covered California will be implementing the Affordable Care Act here in the Golden State. Assemblymember Eggman said there is a huge need for the ACA in the Central Valley. Here's more in this Assembly Access video.

Friday, July 12, 2013

SACRAMENTO – Following the announcement that Caltrans would cease the controversial removal of signs demonstrating opposition to the “Twin Tunnels” plan, Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman released the following statement:

“I am encouraged that Caltrans seems to be doing the right thing. It was very concerning not only that the law was not being correctly applied, but also that there was a glaring inequity created by the removal, given the well-known and extremely high profile signs calling for increased water exports along Interstate 5 and Highway 99 near Bakersfield.”

Monday, July 8, 2013

(Sacramento) -- Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) speaks from the Assembly floor on June 27, 2013 before a vote on AB 93, Gov. Brown’s plan for Enterprise Zone reform. Acknowledging the need for reform, Eggman addressed San Joaquin County’s need for tools to encourage and attract business. A follow-up bill, SB 90, made several changes to AB 93 so that it would better suit the needs of California’s Central Valley. Here's more from Assemblymember Eggman in this Assembly Access video.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

SACRAMENTO, CA – After appearing with other members of the LGBT Caucus this morning, where she spoke passionately about the Supreme Court rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Prop. 8, Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman released the following statement:

"I met my partner of 31 years, Renee, while we were both serving together in the U.S. Army. It was important to us that we not marry until the union was recognized under federal law. The Supreme Court's decision has made that possible, and I am overjoyed at what this means for us, our family, and many others."

"The last few years have seen sweeping changes in the way Americans think about LGBT rights. Last year there was the end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and this year dozens of U.S. Senators and members of Congress who voted for the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 weighed in for its repeal. The fall of Prop. 8 means another regressive response to the rising profile of the LGBT community has toppled."

"This is possible because of the hard work of the LGBT pioneers who came before us, but also because of an evolution in the way Americans think about equality. I am confident that if Prop. 8 were to go before voters today or next year, it would fail."

"This victory occurs at the same time, however, that the Supreme Court has repealed an important component of the Voting Rights Act, and failed to uphold a lower court's decision in support of affirmative action. There are still many states where marriage inequality is the law of the land. The shift in attitudes is in our favor, but there is always work to be done."