Friday, June 7, 2013

Sacramento, CA – Today Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) honored musician Chuck Billy of Antioch on the State Assembly floor for the positive influence he has made in the Native American community and on the general public.

On January 14, 2013, Chuck Billy earned the distinction as the first Native American entertainer to be permanently featured in the memorabilia display at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Chuck was also among those recognized in the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian’s exhibit, Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians in Popular Culture.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Rio Vista, CA – Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) has named Jeanne McCormack of Rio Vista as his 2013 Woman of the Year for the 11th Assembly District.

After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, McCormack honorably served two years in the Peace Corps in Malawi as a public health worker. She later earned a master’s degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and went on to work for various organizations in under-developed countries, primarily in Africa, to help implement rural development and micro-enterprise programs for women.

Monday, May 20, 2013

AB 1113 Will Help Prevent Future Automobile Accidents, Injuries and Fatalities

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Assembly gave final approval to Assembly Bill 1113, introduced by Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D–Oakley), which will add restrictions on California’s provisional licensing law.

The provisional licensing program was designed to protect young, inexperienced drivers by giving them more time to gain driving experience prior to full licensure. The program has been effective in reducing novice driver accidents, deaths, and injuries; however, a significant safety problem still remains for teenage drivers.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Sacramento, CA – A bill to protect students’ financial aid from being nickeled and dimed by bank fees has passed the State Assembly and now moves to the Senate. Assembly Bill 1162 introduced by Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) requires college boards to adopt policies that best serve the needs of students when negotiating contracts with financial institutions.

Recently, colleges have outsourced financial aid distribution to banks and other financial institutions in order to cut costs. As a result, students have ended up bearing the cost directly through high bank fees.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

AB 1162 will require colleges and universities to set in place safeguards for campus debit card programs to ensure that students are not unfairly targeted

SACRAMENTO, CA – A bill to protect student’s financial aid from predatory bank fees has been introduced by Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley). Assembly Bill 1162 requires college boards to adopt policies that best serve the needs of students when negotiating contracts with financial institutions to disburse a student’s financial aid onto debit cards.

As college and university budgets have shrunk, many have begun to use third-party servicers to disburse financial aid and issue credit balance refunds to students on debit cards. While many schools are obtaining revenues and reducing costs by outsourcing these services, the relationships between schools and financial institutions have raised questions because students end up bearing some costs directly.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Confirms Passage of AB 313 (Frazier) is critical to reducing accidents, injuries and fatalities

Sacramento, CA - Findings from a just-released study conducted by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute found that voice-texting is no safer than hand-held texting, stating that no matter which texting method is used, driver response times are significantly delayed - which impairs their ability to recognize safety-critical events like a car slamming on its brakes, a red light, or a pedestrian.

A bill by Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) to ban hands-free voice-texting passed the Assembly Transportation Committee last week and is set to be heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee on May 1st.

Monday, April 22, 2013

ANTIOCH, CA – Please join Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) on April 27th for morning coffee and conversation at Dad's Café in Antioch from 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Assemblymember Frazier will address current legislative issues and respond to your questions, ideas, and concerns regarding state happenings. Coffee, juice, and breakfast pastries will be provided.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Sacramento, CA – Assembly Bill 287 by Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) was approved by the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee yesterday.  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.

In 1983, Assemblymember Richard E. Floyd established the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the State Capitol in Sacramento to honor those who died during the Vietnam War. However, some veterans deserving of recognition on the memorial were not included at the time it was constructed. Some were inadvertently left off the original list, but many others died after returning from service as a direct result of injuries and illness resulting from their service in the Vietnam War.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

AB 313 (Frazier) will significantly reduce traffic crashes, crash injuries and deaths

Sacramento, CA – A bill by Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) to ban voice-activated, hands-free texting, passed the Assembly Transportation Committee yesterday on a 9-5 vote.  AB 313 is an effort to rescind legislation approved last year that specifically allows hands-free texting while driving as a way to mitigate the ban on hand-held devices while operating a vehicle. However, research suggests that there is little or no difference in the crash risk of drivers using hands-held or voice operated devices because both contribute to the cognitive distraction that causes inattention blindness.

“Legislators respond to the latest information available,” Frazier said. “We know more than we did a year ago regarding distracted driving. It is our obligation to public safety to reverse legislation that was based on good intentions, but is now deemed dangerous. AB 313 will help minimize distracted driving by banning all texting while driving.  It’s just that simple.”

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Rio Vista, CA – Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) will present a California State Assembly Resolution to the family of California Highway Patrol Officer, Charles “Chuck” Sorenson at a memorial highway dedication ceremony scheduled for Friday, March 15, 2013, at 11am at the Rio Vista City Council Chambers.

In recognition of Officer Sorenson’s heroic devotion and sacrifice, the California State Assembly passed Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 100 which designates the portion of Highway 12, between State Route 16 and Brannan Island Road, as the “Officer Charles ‘Chuck’ Sorenson Memorial Highway.”