Assemblyman Ken Cooley to Present Inclusive Leadership Strategies at Global Conference

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.

Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s Bill to Expand Foster Youth Access to Court Appointed Special Advocates Signed by the Governor

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.

Governor Brown Signs AB 2679 to Establish Standards for Medical Cannabis Manufacturers

(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.