Monday, March 10, 2014

Sacramento, CA: Today, Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) honored Lillian “Lill” Pierce on the Assembly Floor as his 2014 Woman of the Year for the 11th Assembly District.

“Receiving this award would not have been possible without the wonderful people I work with and the community who has offered their unwavering support,” said Pierce. “I feel humbled at the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of my mother, who also received this honor in 2001.”

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D - Oakley) has introduced legislation to help ensure veteran student success at for-profit colleges.

Assembly Bill 2099 will require for-profit colleges to meet a minimum graduation rate of 30 percent and default rate of less than 15.5 percent before they can admit veteran students who receive GI Bill financial aid. This bill establishes the same graduation rate and default rate that the Legislature recently enacted as a requirement for these for-profit colleges to receive Cal Grant dollars. 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Sacramento, CA - Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) and Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) have introduced Assembly Bill 1637, which will allow California veterans to apply for a driver’s license or identification card that clearly identifies them as a veteran.

"There are a number of federal, state, and local benefits and services available to veterans, including assistance with employment, housing, health and counseling benefits, educational opportunities and many more," said Assemblymember Frazier. "Allowing veterans to apply for a driver’s license with a “Veteran” designation will allow them to quickly and easily identify themselves and access the services and benefits they are entitled to, without having to deal with the impracticality of carrying around official discharge papers."

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Sacramento, CA - Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D - Oakley) introduced legislation today to protect students' financial aid from outrageous fees charged by financial institutions. Assembly Bill 1927 establishes basic guidelines that colleges can follow when outsourcing their financial aid distribution to financial firms.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Sacramento, CA – Today, Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review, held a fiscal oversight hearing regarding the proposed funding structure for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). Testimony during the committee hearing revealed significant concerns about the projected costs of the plan and the economic impacts this project will have on the Delta region and the State.
 
“After thoroughly examining all sides of the proposed funding structure, I believe that there is a significant amount of uncertainty on how this project will be paid for,” said Assemblymember Frazier. “The risk to ratepayers and taxpayers, should proposed funding not materialize, is considerable.”

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D – Oakley) has introduced legislation to help prevent accidents and deaths on California roads as a result of  distracted driving due to illegal cell phone use while driving.  Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America's roadways.  In 2012 alone 3,328 were killed in distracted driving crashes.

Assembly Bill 1646 will ensure that drivers understand the risk and danger of cell phone use before they receive their license, increase fines for illegal cell phone use to closely align with penalties from across the nation, and assign a point to drivers who continue to violate the law.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

AB 1555 Will Help Save Lives and Enhance Driver Safety

Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D – Oakley) has introduced a bill to make drivers think twice about picking up their cell phones while driving. Assembly Bill 1555 will increase penalties for drivers who kill or cause a person bodily harm while talking or texting without a hands free setup.

“I care about safety,” said Assemblymember Frazier. “If a driver knowingly commits an illegal act that results in the death or injury of another person, that driver should face the consequences.”

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) earned Summa Cum Laude Honors in the 2013 Legislative Honor Roll released by California Small Business Association (CSBA) and California Small Business Roundtable (CSBR).

“As someone who owned and operated a business for over 20 years, I understand the challenges that small businesses face,” said Assemblymember Frazier. “I will continue to be a strong advocate for the small business community, and I look forward to revitalizing our state’s economy through sound policies that foster the innovation and ambition of our small business owners.”

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Sacramento, CA - Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) released the following statement today in response to Governor Brown's State of the State address:

Governor Brown's State of the State address struck an important balance between acknowledging the fiscal challenges faced by our state while also maintaining a long-term focus on improving education and job creation in California. I applaud the Governor for addressing the need for responsible, prudent spending while also emphasizing the importance of continued investment to a solid rainy day fund.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Sacramento, CA - Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) released the following statement today regarding Governor Jerry Brown’s 2014-15 Budget Proposal:

I commend the Governor for his commitment to a sustainable budget plan that keeps California on the road to financial stability and prosperity.  I’m also pleased to see that our schools and several health-related programs such as in-home supportive services and mental health services will see an increase in much-needed funding.