Governor Brown Approves 11 Frazier Bills

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Assemblymember Jim Frazier Issues Legislative Update for 2014

Sacramento, CA Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D – Oakley) issued the following statement regarding the successful the passage of 11 major bills in 2014:

“I viewed this year’s legislative package as an opportunity to make critical improvements in many priority policy areas. In 2014, we were able to secure significant victories for California veterans and students, while also addressing important issues concerning transportation, public safety, business and protection of the environment. I am grateful that Governor Brown appreciated the considerable merits of these bills, and I look forward to seeing the positive effects this legislation will have for my district and for California as a whole.”

The following bills authored by Assemblymember Frazier have received Governor Jerry Brown’s signature:

Assembly Bill 935: Commencing Veterans Day of 2015, California veterans may apply for a driver’s license or identification card that clearly identifies them as a veteran. Allowing veterans to apply for a “Veteran” designation will allow individuals to access the services and benefits for which they are entitled, creates a simplified veteran identification process for medical and law enforcement officials and potentially brings in up to $750 million annually of federal veteran benefits into the state’s economy.

Assembly Bill 1589: Eliminates the requirement that military and overseas voters renew their request to receive an email ballot every two years. Under current law, military and overseas voters can elect to receive their ballots via mail, fax or email. This bill will make the request for an emailed ballot on par with the others, so that a military or overseas voter who elected to receive the email ballot aren't unintentionally disenfranchised by the request expiring.

Assembly Bill 1709: Creates a five-year pilot program that extends the age limits for junior hunting licenses from 16 to 18. Current law requires that individuals be less than 16 years of age to be eligible for a Junior Hunting License. Extending the eligibility for Junior Hunting Licenses to the age of 18 will help incentivize families to continue hunting and investing in wildlife conservation programs by keeping prices reasonable.

Assembly Bill 1857: Allows Caltrans to purchase heavy mobile fleet vehicles and equipment using a best value method of procurement. Under current law, Caltrans must utilize a lowest bid method for the purchase, which may not actually provide the lowest cost over life of the product.   This bill will give Caltrans the ability to procure equipment with an eye towards the long-term savings that comes from a best value method.

Assembly Bill 2099: Provides enhanced institutional standards and oversight to protect veterans who attend college in California. Additionally, this bill will make the California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education (CSAAVE) a safeguard for student veterans who have been targeted by for-profit colleges by approving only qualified institutions that meet minimum standards. AB 2099 will protect the taxpayer investment in student veterans and improve educational outcomes for veterans as they strive to make the transition from military to civilian life.

Assembly Bill 2105: Updates the price of a non-resident wild sheep tag consistent with other states by increasing it from $500 to $1,500. The cost of this tag has not been updated since 1986, therefore, the price has not been allowed to increase with inflation for almost 30 years. This bill also allows non-profit hunting organizations who auction some of these tags at events on behalf of the state to retain 5% of the sales tag price as a reasonable vendor fee to cover administrative costs.

Assembly Bill 2174: Provides legislative authorization to dispose of various state properties that have been declared surplus by the Department of General Services, the Employment Development Department, the Department of Public Health, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and the California Highway Patrol. 

Assembly Bill 2397: Allows criminal defendants to make court appearances by video in non-critical portions of a trial.  By implementing increased use of video conferencing, courts can expedite court calendars while allowing county sheriffs to maintain safe courtrooms. This bill will also save counties transportation costs incurred by moving inmates back and forth from jails for appearances that often only take a few minutes. 

Assembly Bill 2763: Technical and conforming bill introduced as a follow up to the Governor's Reorganization Proposal, known as GRP2.  GRP2 is meant to streamline state government and increase state agency efficiency and effectiveness.

Assembly Bill 2727:  Increases the current deposit requirement from $150 to $275 for a party that subpoenas an employee of a local agency.  The deposit is used to reimburse a city for that employee’s salary and travel expenses. This bill makes the deposit requirement consistent with the amount required to subpoena peace officers, firefighters, state employees, and specific county employees.

Assembly Bill 1439 (Jointly authored by Assemblymembers Salas, Bonta & Frazier):  Prohibits any person, when conducting a contest or sweepstakes, from using an electronic video monitor to simulate gambling or play gambling-themed games that offers the opportunity to win sweepstakes cash, cash equivalent prizes, or other prizes of value. This will help to ensure that law is updated to prohibit these activities and provide authorities with necessary enforcement tools to regain local control of the public safety issues that arise because of illegal Internet gambling sweepstakes.

To contact Assemblymember Jim Frazier please visit his website at http://www.asmdc.org/members/a11/ or call his District Offices at 707-399-3011 or 925-778-5790.

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