Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Freshman Legislator Starts off Strong in his First Year in Office

Sacramento, CA – Four pieces of legislation authored by Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) have passed both houses of the Legislature and are on Governor Brown’s desk awaiting action.

“When I ran for office, I made a commitment to put people before politics,” said Assemblymember Frazier. “The legislation I have put forth this year reflects that promise; I am proud to have authored bills that will reduce traffic injuries and fatalities, protect taxpayer dollars, streamline CEQA, improve our streets and highways, and protect workers.  It is my hope that these pieces of legislation will be signed by the Governor and will make a meaningful difference for California.”

Monday, September 9, 2013

Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Jim Frazier’s (D-Oakley) second piece of legislation, Assembly Bill 287, has been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. 

The bill requires the California Department of Veterans Affairs to annually compile a list of eligible Vietnam veterans to be added to the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Assembly Bill 1070 will help improve transportation projects in California

Sacramento, CA – Freshman Assemblymember Jim Frazier’s (D-Oakley) first bill has been officially signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.

Assembly Bill 1070, sponsored by State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, makes changes to the California Transportation Financing Authority (CTFA), which will help the authority accomplish its goals of reducing traffic congestion and improving the state’s transportation system. Assemblymember Frazier’s bill will aid CTFA in its ability to issue revenue bonds in order to finance transportation projects.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Assemblyman Jim Frazier hosted a Senior Scam Stopper event yesterday at the Brentwood Senior Center where a panel of experts shared stories, tips, and potential responses if you are a victim of fraud.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Sacramento, CA - AB 513 by Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) that increases funding to cities and counties for transportation projects that utilize environmentally friendly Rubberized Asphalt Concrete passed the Senate Environmental Quality Committee with bipartisan support. The bill also increases grant funding to local governmental agencies, such as regional park districts that include access for people with disabilities and bike trails.

Rubberized Asphalt Concrete (RAC) is a road paving material that combines waste tires and asphalt binder to create a strong and durable product that successfully recycles tires. RAC not only benefits the environment by reducing the number of tires that are landfilled or burned each year,  but it also provides more durability than regular asphalt and reduces road noise by around five decibels.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Sacramento, CA -  On Wednesday July 3rd, students, faculty, college representatives, and consumer groups testified before the Senate Banking Committee in support of AB 1162 (Frazier), a bill to protect college students from high fees and poor consumer protections associated with the disbursement of their financial aid through credit balance refunds using debit cards. The legislation failed on a vote of 2 Yes votes, 3 No votes and 4 Non-recorded votes.

Student after student explained that fees and poor consumer protections associated with these contracts resulted in students bearing some costs directly, including per-swipe fees, inactivity fees, PIN based fees, ATM fees and more. It was also noted some of the contracted banks used aggressive marketing strategies to sway students to choose debit cards as their financial aid disbursement choice, with some of those debit cards containing weaker consumer protections.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) has named Jeffrey Jewell of Vacaville as his “2013 Veteran of the Year” for the 11th Assembly District.

“Mr. Jewell’s contributions to the welfare and improvement of the veterans’ community are invaluable,” said Assemblymember Frazier. “His exemplary record serves as an excellent model for all public-spirited people of the state, and we are grateful for all of his selfless contributions and sacrifices.”

Monday, June 17, 2013

Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) gave the following statement regarding new research which proves that voice-activated in-car texting is more distracting and dangerous than talking on a cell phone:

This new in-depth study, performed for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety by researchers at the University of Utah, confirms what previous studies have shown -- that voice-activated in-car texting is deadly.  My bill, AB 313, would have banned this dangerous practice, but unfortunately the automobile manufacturers were successful in killing the bill by claiming that voice-activated texting is safe.  I hope this study will change the misconceptions that some of my colleagues have so we can reduce accidents, injuries and fatalities by passing AB 313.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Sacramento, CA – Statement from Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) on the Legislature’s approval today of the 2013-2014 budget:

After several years of very tough cuts, there’s a lot of good news for California in this budget. Reinvestment in funding to our schools was a priority, including K-12, UC’s, community colleges, and special needs programs. I am proud that an investment has been made in California’s future – the Middle Class Scholarship program will provide grants to help families send kids to college.

I am very pleased that we were able to substantially increase funding to our County Veterans Service Offices, which will assist in better serving our state’s veteran population. Paying down the debt, maintaining a substantial reserve to ensure California’s future economic stability and providing additional assistance to veterans are big wins in my budget book.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) recognized Pinky’s Klassy Kar Wash of Antioch as the “Small Business of the Year” for the 11th Assembly District in a ceremony at the Sacramento Convention Center today.

Each year, the California State Assembly recognizes the contributions of small businesses in each Assembly district and their important role in the creation of jobs and growth for the California economy. The day began with workshops coordinated by the California Small Business Association, followed by a Salute to Small Businesses awards luncheon.