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Bill Increasing Penalties for Frivolous Lawsuits Signed Into Law by Governor Brown

Bill Increasing Penalties for Frivolous Lawsuits Signed Into Law by Governor Brown

On Thursday, September 18, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 2494 to curb frivolous litigation tactics.

Prior to 1995, California law provided that litigants subjected to bad-faith and unmeritorious tactics could seek sanctions in the form of attorney’s fees. While invoking this provision did occur and promoted fairness in tactics, it was rare because a very high burden of proof is required to establish bad-faith.

"CMTA appreciates Ken's work on this bill - it demonstrates his commitment to reform the difficult regulatory climate in California,” said Jack Stewart, President of California Manufacturers and Technology Association. “He understands that we need to find ways to make regulations less burdensome and reduce compliance costs such as the frivolous litigation this bill will discourage."

Cooley Bill Strengthening Active Management of State IT Projects Signed Into Law by Governor Brown

Cooley Bill Strengthening Active Management of State IT Projects Signed Into Law by Governor Brown

On Wednesday, September 18, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 2523 to strengthen top level management decision-making in state agencies with complex and high risk technology projects.

The bill directs the Director of Technology to bring forward to the Legislature a plan for the development of a cadre of senior technology experts who specialize in supporting state agency technology projects. AB 2523 then directs the Department of Technology to establish such a unit.

Cooley Bill Strengthens Responsible Management of State IT Projects

Cooley Bill Strengthens Responsible Management of State IT Projects

Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 2523 passed with bipartisan support out of the State Senate’s Governmental Organization Committee this morning. AB 2523 strengthens top level management decision-making in state agencies with complex and high risk technology projects by requiring the Director of Technology to report recommendations to the legislature on how a team of senior technology experts could be developed to support state agency technology projects, and then directs the Department of Technology to establish such a unit.

Assemblyman Cooley’s AB 2187 Signed by the Governor - Ensures Funding for Child Abuse Prevention

Assemblyman Cooley’s AB 2187 Signed by the Governor - Ensures Funding for Child Abuse Prevention

On Monday, June 30, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) announced that his bill – AB 2187 – was signed by Governor Brown.  AB 2187 clarifies the pathway of the fee collected for copies of a child’s birth certificate, as to the portion of the fee used for child abuse prevention and intervention programs. Previously, the fee collected did not necessarily follow the child into the county in which he or she was going to be raised to fund programs in that county, if the child’s mom gave birth outside of that county and that county had a delivery facility.

“Given the current nature of health care delivery, in which health insurance rules may dictate what delivery facilities are in a patient’s ‘network,’ some patients may not have a choice but to deliver outside the county in which they live. As a result, the birth certificate fee revenue is lost to the county in which they delivered not the county where services may be used,” explains Cooley.

Assemblyman Cooley Honors Local Vietnam Hero as 2014 Veteran of the Year

Assemblyman Cooley Honors Local Vietnam Hero as 2014 Veteran of the Year

On Wednesday, June 25, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) honored Don Harper as the 8th Assembly District’s 2014 Veteran of the Year. Each year, the Assembly Veterans Committee hosts the Veteran of the Year Awards to recognize veterans with distinguished military careers or those who have continued to serve making significant contributions to their communities.

“Following his distinguished service in the Marine Corps, Don became an outstanding community leader who continually serves his fellow Americans,” said Cooley. “His tenacious attitude and drive to serve have helped him succeed in his 20-year career in local government, as the director of Vietnam Veterans of California, and as one of the founding members of the Sacramento Veterans Resource Center.”   

Cooley Bill to Protect Youth Football Players

Cooley Bill to Protect Youth Football Players

Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 2127 passed out of the State Senate on Thursday, June 19, with a bipartisan vote, and now awaits Governor Brown’s signature.

AB 2127 seeks to reduce brain injuries and concussions among California’s middle and high school football players by limiting “full-contact” practice time and by ensuring student-athletes who have suffered a brain injury do not return to the playing field too soon. Procedures for return-to-play will be developed by the California Interscholastic Federation, which oversees competitive high school sports for 1,540 California schools.

Election Day Smiles

Election Day Smiles

Sacramento -- Voters may be scarce for Tuesday's election, yet smiles are abundant at the Vietnamese Community Center on Elder Creek Road. Sacramento County Election Officials Jacqueline Alonso, Nina Castro, Colleen DeLa Rosa and Tan Nguyen greet all voters with prompt assistance, helpful information and friendly smiles as conscientious citizens exert our precious right to elect government representatives and decide public issues. When asked to sum up Tuesday's voters, all four election officials say, ''Thank you for voting!" I say, "If you didn't vote Tuesday, don't complain to me later!"

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