Thursday, February 16, 2017

RANCHO CORDOVA – Today, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) introduced Assembly Bill 860 to improve accountability of mental health services in facilities inaccessible to the general public.

Monday, January 30, 2017

(Sacramento) – Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Cooley) and the State Assembly marked January 30, 2017 as 7th Annual Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution. Assemblyman Cooley recognizes Korematsu, who was born in Oakland, Ca. but was arrested for refusing to be relocated to an internment camp in 1942, as a hero for challenging the constitutionality of the decree that forced the relocation of people of Japanese descent to internment camps. He lost the case but his conviction was overturned in 1983.

Friday, January 20, 2017

12:45 p.m.: Maintenance crews on Thursday cleared the aftermath of three historic trees at Capitol Park’s Civil War Memorial Grove that were knocked over in Wednesday’s storm. The trees where brought to the memorial site as saplings. The grove was established in 1897 to commemorate those who fought in the Civil War, said Ken Cooley, chairman of the Assembly Rules Committee. Both a box elder from Missionary Ridge, Tenn., and a tulip tree from Five Forks, Va., come from the site of Southern battlefields and were planted at Capitol Park in 1897. The third tree, an American elm, was brought in from McKinley’s Tomb in Ohio in 1902 to honor William McKinley, the last president to serve in the Civil War, Cooley said. Brian Ferguson, deputy director for the Department of General Services, said the trees fell about 6 p.m. Crews were up at dawn to clear the pile of branches and debris left behind. Two park benches were damaged from the fallen trees. The grove was closed to the public Thursday morning.”

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) presided over the 2016 California electoral college vote that was held in the State Assembly chambers. “It’s one of the lynch pins of American democracy,” Assemblymember Cooley said about the electoral college process. “So, to simply be in the room is awesome. To have the occasion to preside and convene it, and to set the stage for the official electoral college proceedings is the experience of a lifetime.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Mirror Lake

Wawona Hotel

RANCHO CORDOVA – Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) announced today he has kicked off a national push to encourage other states to protect their historic state park landmarks as California did this year in response to the U.S. National Park Service’s controversial renaming of several landmarks at Yosemite National Park due to a dispute with their concessionaire. 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

RANCHO CORDOVA − Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) has been invited to discuss inclusive leadership strategies at the International Leadership Association’s 18th Annual Global Conference on The Dynamics of Inclusive Leadership.  The conference, which is designed to facilitate an open dialogue on the challenges of inclusive public leadership in a complex and shared-power world, will be held in Atlanta, Georgia from November 2−5. Cooley will present inclusive leadership strategies he has developed throughout his career in public service during the Public Leadership portion of the conference.  It is expected to draw over 1,200 people from 37 countries.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

If there’s one lawmaker who appreciates the rules and traditions of the California Legislature, it’s Assemblyman Ken Cooley.

The Rancho Cordova Democrat has spent years steeped in the culture of Sacramento, having served as a staffer for more than a decade before winning his seat in 2012. His knowledge of the Capitol’s architectural history runs so deep that he gives tours of the building, and he commonly invokes legislative history and procedure during floor speeches.

Friday, October 14, 2016

RANCHO CORDOVA – Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) has been named Chair of the Assembly Rules Committee by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, Cooley announced today.

Friday, September 30, 2016

(Sacramento, CA) – Governor Brown has signed AB 2679 to establish important standards for medical cannabis manufacturers, Assemblymember Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) has announced. In 2015, the legislature passed AB 266, AB 243, and SB 643 – collectively known as the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA). While the MCRSA is being implemented, there is confusion as to what type of cannabis manufacturing is allowed. AB 2679 clarifies which safety standards medical cannabis manufacturers must follow as well as requiring local approval and inspections of the facilities. It deals with critical issues facing local governments regarding the safe manufacture of cannabis products and which guidelines should be used in establishing local permits and authorization.

AB 2679 also proposes that the University of California study marijuana’s effects on motor skills to better assist law enforcement in dealing with drugged driving.

Friday, September 30, 2016

RANCHO CORDOVA – Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s (D-Rancho Cordova) AB 2417 was signed in to law by Governor Brown this afternoon.  AB 2417 expands foster youth access to court appointed special advocates, known as CASAs. These are volunteers who are appointed by a judge to provide one-on-one mentorship and advocacy to abused and neglected children who are under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court. Children with court appointed special advocates have demonstrably better long-term outcomes: they are more likely to find a safe permanent home, half as likely to reenter the foster care system, and have far greater success in school.  However, there are currently not enough CASA volunteers to advocate on behalf of the foster children in need of their services.

CASA programs are required by law to fingerprint each volunteer to screen for a criminal background before allowing them to mentor and advocate for youth. Non-profit organizations that serve children do not have to pay the California Department of Justice fees for background checks, but CASA programs are currently excluded from this benefit. This places an undue financial burden on this critical child advocacy program.