SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Jim Patterson will hold a virtual press conference Thursday at 10am to share concerns from constituents who have been cut off from their disability benefits by EDD. The EDD has suspended an unknown number of claims due to a new scam involving “organized criminals using stolen medical provider credentials.” Until EDD can verify the identity of the doctors in question, their patients won’t get paid.
SACRAMENTO – Legislation was approved in an Assembly committee Monday to exempt victims of recent wildfires from a law requiring all new homes to have solar panels beginning in 2020. Assemblyman Jim Patterson introduced AB 1078 in order to include victims of numerous devastating 2020 wildfires in an exemption granted to previous wildfire victims. Without this bill, every person seeking to rebuild would be required to put solar panels on their home.
SACRAMENTO – Legislation introduced by Assemblyman Jim Patterson to make it faster and easier to build new escape routes in high fire danger areas in rural neighborhoods was approved in the Assembly Natural Resources Committee Monday. AB 1154 would eliminate CEQA requirements for projects that build additional escape routes in high fire-hazard zones. The exemption would apply to neighborhoods identified by the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection where a second access road is needed.
KSEE24 September 23, 2021 TULARE COUNTY, Calif. (KGPE) – Gov. Gavin Newsom was in Tulare County Thursday touring the KNP Complex along with signing Assemblyman Jim Patterson’s bill regarding landowner’s defensible space and fees.
KMPH | September 27, 2021 SACRAMENTO, Calif. (FOX26) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into legislation Monday a new bill that aims to provide more support for those within the state’s foster care system.
OPINION BY RYAN TOWNSEND | September 28, 2021 I applaud Assemblyman Jim Patterson (R-Fresno) and the California Legislature for passing Assembly Bill 262. The bill, signed into law late last week by Gov. Newsom, provides important relief for human trafficking survivors looking to have their nonviolent criminal records cleared so they can pursue employment without hindrance. This victory (the bill passed unopposed) represents the kind of broad bipartisan cooperation we need more of going forward as awareness increases.
ABC30 | September 14, 2021 FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Joined by survivors as well as Fresno's mayor and police chief, Assemblymember Jim Patterson called on the governor to sign a bill that would allow human trafficking survivors to have their records cleared of non-violent crimes within a reasonable amount of time after escaping the life.
CalMatters | September 17, 2021 SACRAMENTO, Calif. — When Arien Garcia first escaped from life as a victim of human sex trafficking, she struggled to find a job anywhere in Fresno. Her nonviolent criminal record always pushed her job applications to the bottom of the pile. She said she applied to “every McDonald’s and Taco Bell in Fresno and in Clovis” and even went in for an interview at a local Subway on Christmas Eve.
Complaints of the Employment Development Department's website going down over the weekend renewed concerns about the department's management of the pandemic-caused unemployment crisis. Our ABC stations across California have received multiple reports from viewers that the EDD's website was either down or glitching, preventing them from logging in to certify for their benefits -- creating more worry that payments would be further delayed.
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill 262 passed unanimously in the Assembly Public Safety Committee. Victims of human trafficking are commonly forced to commit various crimes to survive. AB 262 will make it faster and easier for them to clear their record of nonviolent offenses so they can begin their new lives.  AB 262 addresses several problems: ELIMINATES REQUIREMENT TO PAY FEES BEFORE COURT HEARING