Assembly Accountability Committee Approves Cooley's Government Accountability, Transparency Bills

(Rancho Cordova)- Assemblyman Ken Cooley announced the unanimous approval by the Assembly Accountability Committee of two bills that strengthen the accountability and transparency requirements for state agencies. The bills, AB 12 and AB 117, respectively, are part of the Assemblyman's overall strategy to make state government more efficient and answerable to all Californians.

"As a guardian of the public trust, I want to ensure that California's regulations are not burdensome for our businesses and every taxpayer dollar spent is a dollar spent efficiently," said Cooley. "My bills strengthen the accountability and transparency of the major regulatory adoption process and provide for more legislative oversight of state agencies."

Assembly Bill Would Change Gov. Brown's Prison Realignment Plan

On Monday, Assembly member Ken Cooley (D-Sacramento) said that he has introduced a new bill (AB 222) would alter part of Gov. Jerry Brown's (D) prison realignment law, which aims to reduce overcrowding to improve inmate health care, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports (Thompson, AP/Sacramento Bee, 4/1).

In 2006, U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson ruled that federal oversight of the state's prison health care system was needed after determining that an average of one inmate per week died as a result of medical malpractice or neglect.

Bill regulating CA ammunition clears committee

A bill to regulate the sale of ammunition in California cleared the Assembly Public Safety Committee today.

Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, said Assembly Bill 48 adds "reasonable safeguards" to the purchase of ammunition by requiring sellers to be licensed and purchasers to show identification. The Department of Justice would be required to notify local law enforcement of large-quantity purchases of more than 3,000 rounds that are made within a five-day period by someone who is not a police officer.

Assemblyman Cooley calls for tweaks to prison realignment

Assemblyman Ken Cooley this morning said his bill returning certain drug traffickers to prison to serve long-term sentences is not a challenge to the state's realignment program, but rather is part of a discussion on how to improve the current law.

Bill seeks changes to prison realignment law

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—A Democratic state lawmaker on Monday said he wants to alter part of Gov. Jerry Brown's prison realignment law so serious drug pushers are sent to state prisons instead of county jails.

The bill by Assemblyman Ken Cooley of Sacramento would apply to those convicted of selling or transporting more than 2.2 pounds (or 1 kilogram) of heroin, cocaine or methamphetamine. It is one of numerous changes to the 2011 law proposed by lawmakers of both parties.