Governor Signs Gonzalez Bill to Streamline Expansion of Community Health Clinics

AB 2053 will eliminate redundant licensing procedures for existing clinics 

SACRAMENTO – (Monday, September 26, 2016) – A bill by California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to streamline the process for expanding licensed primary care clinics was signed into law by the Governor today.

Assembly Bill 2053 will help community health centers meet the growing demand for medical care by allowing them to add an additional facility that is maintained and operated by the same health center under its existing license, rather than go through a duplicative process to go through full licensing again from scratch.

Cooley Bill to Protect Historic State Park Names Signed into Law by Governor Brown

RANCHO CORDOVA – The California Heritage Protection Act (AB 2249) was signed into law today by Governor Brown, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) has announced. AB 2249 ensures park concessionaires in California’s state parks cannot trademark historic place names simply due to their status as a concessionaire. The bill was introduced by Assemblyman Cooley and Assemblymen Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals) and Adam Gray (D-Merced) 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 ex-concessionaire. 

“This bill makes clear that trademarking of historic names in state parks by concessionaires without any independent basis for a claim is unacceptable and our state Department of Parks and Recreation cannot sign off on the type of trademarking conduct that produced the Yosemite dispute,” said Assemblyman Cooley. “With AB 2249’s signature, that kind of behavior will disqualify a concessionaire from receiving a concessions contract in California, which makes the bipartisan unanimity of the Legislature especially impressive.”

Cooley Legislation to Bring Transparency to Public Pension Fund Fees Passes Assembly – Heads to Governor’s Desk

Rancho Cordova - Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 2833 relating to public retirement system’s disclosure of fees paid to alternative investment vehicles was passed off the Assembly Floor today 69-0 and now heads to the Governor’s desk for signature. 

AB 2833, sponsored by State Treasurer John Chiang, creates greater transparency and accountability by requiring all public pension funds to publicly disclose the various fees paid to their private equity general partners, hedge fund partners, and other alternative investment partners on an annual basis.

Assemblyman Cooley Honors Local Non-Profit CEO as 2016 Veteran of the Year

SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) honored Kevin Cameron as the 8th Assembly District’s 2016 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 U.S. Army, Kevin founded a one-of-a-kind non-profit that honorably serves the nation,” said Cooley. “He uses his expertise in dog training, as well as military ethical standards, to provide for Americans in need” continued Cooley.

Assemblymen Cooley, Gray, Bigelow Encourage Other States to Follow California’s Lead and Protect Their Historic State Park Names

RANCHO CORDOVA – Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova), Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) and Assemblyman Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals) announced today their efforts to encourage other states to protect their historic state park landmarks in light of the U.S. National Park Service’s controversial renaming of several landmarks at Yosemite National Park due to a dispute with their concessionaire.

They have introduced AB 2249, the California Heritage Protection Act, to ensure park concessionaires in California’s state parks cannot trademark historic place names simply due to their status as a concessionaire. The authors are now urging their colleagues in the other 49 state legislatures to take similar action.