Eggman targets parole violators

SACRAMENTO - California lawmakers in the Assembly Safety Committee are considering a bill today that would send high-risk parolees back to state prisons instead of overcrowded county jails when they violate parole.

Assemblywoman Susan Eggman, D-Stockton, co-authored the proposed amendment to the realignment law, that would give judges the discretion to return parole violators to prison for up to one year, rather than the current 180-day maximum jail stay.

More limits proposed for teen drivers

California lawmakers moved Monday to further restrict teenage drivers, including approval of one measure to require that newly licensed 18- and 19-year-olds follow rules that now apply to younger motorists.

Two bills approved by the Assembly Transportation Committee piggyback on current restrictions on drivers under 18, such as requiring a driver's education course, 50 hours of supervised behind-the-wheel training and a year-long provisional stage in which they cannot drive with passengers under 20 or be on the road after 11 p.m.

Cooley Legislation Extending the Graduated Driver Licensing Program Approved by Assembly Transportation Committee

Rancho Cordova- Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 724 was approved today by the Assembly Transportation Committee.   AB 724 is sponsored by the California Association of Highway Patrolmen, and extends California’s Graduated Driver Licensing program to include 18 and 19 year olds- requiring them to take drivers training in order to obtain a license.

“A grim California reality is that 18 and 19 year old novice drivers have the highest accident and fatal crash rates of any group on the road. The data proves that teenagers who go through the GDL program are significantly and consistently safer drivers,” said Assemblyman Ken Cooley.  “This legislation makes them—and every other driver—safer.”

Eggman, Cooley call for changes to parole under realignment

SACRAMENTO – Assembly members Susan Talamantes Eggman, (D-Stockton), and Ken Cooley, (D-Rancho Cordova), today called for changes to parole requirements for criminals at a joint press conference Monday morning. The conference was in advance of a hearing on their bill to restore prison as an option for the incarceration of parole violators.

"The way realignment handles the parole of dangerous, violent felons needs to be adjusted to reality. We must have prison as an option when other measures have failed," said Eggman, whose district, including the cities of Stockton and Tracy, has seen several cases of parolees committing heinous crimes after repeatedly violating parole.