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Thursday, May 11, 2017

A bill that will raise the penalties for public candidates who make “willful misrepresentations” on their candidate statements passed the Assembly Elections Committee on Wednesday.

“We can’t allow candidates to dupe the voters saying that snake oil is an actual remedy to their ills,” Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Discovery Bay, said in a statement released by his office.

The legislation, Assembly Bill 894, would increase the current fine for a willful misrepresentation in a candidate statement to $10,000.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Assemblymember Jim Frazier’s (D – Discovery Bay) Assembly Bill 377 recently passed unanimously out of the Assembly Committee on Human Services on a 7-0 vote.

AB 377 provides the authority to the counties of Solano and Diego to develop and implement pilot programs on individualized county child-care subsidy plans.

“Our counties have a far better understanding than the state of needs of their communities,” said Frazier. “AB 377 appropriately allows families who live in high-cost counties to continue having access to quality child care that provides early learning and educational support.”

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Legislation proposed by Assemblyman Jim Frazier – and suggested by a Vacaville resident – to require public schools to provide education for students to recognize abusive relationships should win Fairfield-Suisun School District support, the superintendent says.

Trustees for the school district meeting Thursday will consider a resolution backing Assembly Bill 643. Superintendent Kris Corey recommends approval of the resolution.

Frazier, D-Discovery Bay, has said the bill would teach students about healthy teen dating.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D – Discovery Bay) presented his Delta protection bills to the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee. Assembly Bill 732, on Delta levee maintenance, passed on a 10-4 vote. Assembly Bill 791, for Delta transparency and ratepayer protection, passed on an 8-6 vote.

“When millions of Californians rely on fresh water, it can’t be emphasized enough how fragile the Delta ecosystem is,” said Frazier. “Just one levee failure could raise the salinity of the Delta, wash out nearby roads or ruin vital agricultural land. We practically saw that exact scenario with Tyler Island and the millions in emergency costs. In future drought years, the WaterFix Project is only going to exacerbate those concerns when there’s bound to be debt financing and greater environmental concerns.”

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Two bills that would protect Delta levees and ratepayers were passed in the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee on Tuesday.

Assemblyman Jim Frazier’s two bills — AB 732 and AB 791 — passed through their first hurdle. AB 732, which extends reimbursements for levee maintenance, passed on a 11-to-4 vote. AB 791, which requires Delta project leads to provide anticipated rate information, passed 8 to 7.

Currently, 75 percent of maintenance costs for levees in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is reimbursed through the Delta Levees Subvention Program. That reimbursement is set to drop down to 50 percent in 2018. AB 732 will extend that 75 percent reimbursement indefinitely. The bill passed through committee by a 10-to-4 vote.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Genentech now has one of California’s largest non-utility solar power installations at its facility in Vacaville.

Powered by more than 29,000 solar panels, the massive 8.9 megawatt project will provide 24 percent of the site’s total electrical power. During the course of the system’s lifespan, this equates to powering more than 22,000 homes or removing more than 23,000 cars from the road for an entire year.

“Not many state representatives can say they have one of the world’s leading and largest biotechnology facilities in their district, and one with this kind of renewable energy and environmental innovation,” said Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Solano. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Frazier, D-Oakley, offered little in the way of details except to note that the transportation package, in conjunction with Sen. Jim Beall, D-Campbell, will cover the estimated $6 billion in road and highway needs in the state.

“We are right now putting the final touches on it,” Frazier said.

Frazier said his and Beall’s versions should be introduced in the next couple of weeks. He also promised the kind of “reform language” voters want to see to emphasize efficiency.