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Gettin' Busy in Sacramento: Over 200 Legislative Items in Just Three Days.



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After only three days in session, members of the California Legislature have already proposed 204 items for consideration. Maybe that shouldn’t be so surprising. After all,  5,617 pieces were introduced in the 2017-18 session.
Here’s a small sampling of the solutions state legislators are offering as a way to fix things you may not have known were problems:
—Do youth football players practice too much? That is a concern of Assemblyman Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove). His AB 1 would limit youth football to two full-contact practices during the week, and none during the offseason. Practices would be limited to one hour. The law would place youth teams under the same guidelines as school teams.
“The assemblyman believes that it is important to have uniform standards to protect children from injuries in contact sports. Right now it is hard to know how often youth teams are participating in full contact practices, so limiting it to two per week will hopefully cut down on injuries to our young ones,” Cooper’s spokesman Skyler Wonnacott tells GV Wire.
—After voters passed Proposition 7 in November, Assemblyman Kansen Chu (D-San Jose) is taking the next step to have the Legislature officially eliminate standard time with AB 7. Congress would still need to act before permanent daylight time becomes a reality.
—Does your boss require you to bring your ballot to work? If so, Assemblyman Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) wants to outlaw the practice with AB 17. Such a request could incur a $10,000 fine.
—State law already requires the translation of ballot materials in several languages other than English. Now, AB 57 by Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell), would require the names of candidates to be translated into character-based languages, such as Chinese, Japanese or Korean.

Body Armor for Ambulance Staff

AB 26, introduced by Assemblyman Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) would require emergency ambulance companies to provide employees with body armor. The accompanying AB 27 would allow emergency workers to seek on-the-scene mental health treatment upon request.
—Assemblywoman Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) would outlaw the sale of fur products in the state with AB 44. It would make it unlawful to manufacture, sell, or even donate fur.
“Given the overwhelming evidence of inhumane practices in the fur industry and the availability of so many different options for warm and fashionable fabrics, we will not continue to be complicit in unnecessary cruelty,” Friedman said in an email statement.
Friedman also wants to ban the ingredient oxybenzone in sunscreens without a prescription (AB 60). There has been debate over oxybenzone’s medical effectiveness. However, Friedman is more concerned with its effect on marine life than its effect on the skin.

Will Drivers Get the Point?

—While it is illegal while text while driving, it does not count as a point against your driver’s license if you are caught. AB 47 by Assemblyman Tom Daly (D-Anaheim) would change that. It would make any traffic conviction for using an electronic device with your hand count as a point.
—50 bills (AB 72 through AB 121) are set aside for the budget act. The office for the listed author, Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) says they are mere placeholders until it is budget time.
AB 127 by Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) would exempt drivers from a DUI if they are participating in CHP research.

Only One from the Valley

Only one Central Valley lawmaker has introduced a bill thus far, covering a more serious topic—health care.
Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno) wrote AB 4 to expand Medi-Cal coverage to undocumented adults living in the state.
“I believe health care is a human right, and that it is unfair to deny services that could prevent more serious and debilitating health problems,” Arambula said in a news release.

Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email