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  Did you know gas prices are dropping in other states? Meanwhile, here in California we are paying almost double the national average for a gallon of gas, $6.33 - All thanks to policies created by the Sacramento Democrats. Now the Governor is calling all lawmakers back to Sacramento for an emergency session where he will push to raise taxes on our gas yet again. We see and hear your pleas for help, and your voice matters. Please take a moment to sign this petition HERE to:  Suspend the state gas tax  Stop the proposed Special Legislative Session to increase taxes on our gas…
SACRAMENTO – A bill that eliminates solar panel requirements for 2020 wildfire victims who are rebuilding is heading to Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk after passing out of the Senate Tuesday. 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, anyone trying to rebuild after a wildfire would be required to put solar panels on their home. “Thousands of homes were lost in 2020 wildfires. Many of these victims already do not have enough insurance money to cover the…
SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Jim Patterson has requested a formal audit of the California Department of Justice (DOJ) following the June 27th leak of personal information belonging to a large number of California firearm owners. The DOJ has admitted to posting personal information online of Concealed Carry Weapon applicants over the past decade including the person’s name, age, address, gender, race, driver’s license number, criminal history, Criminal Identification Index (CII) number and license type (Standard, Judicial, Reserve and Custodial). It is estimated that more than 200,000 people…
SACRAMENTO – The California Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee voted to approve a bill that would help recent wildfire victims trying to rebuild their homes. Assemblyman Jim Patterson introduced AB 1078 in to include victims of devastating 2020 wildfires in a solar panel exemption granted to previous wildfire victims. Without this bill, anyone trying to rebuild after a wildfire would be required to put solar panels on their home – even if it burned down in a wildfire. “Thousands of homes were lost in 2020 wildfires. Many don’t have enough insurance money to cover the cost…
SACRAMENTO – Legislation to create a new grant program to educate people about the dangers of the fentanyl overdose crisis was approved unanimously today on the Assembly Floor. AB 2365 would provide funding for six pilot projects within local government agencies (i.e. education, law enforcement, public health, etc.) to increase awareness and education about the dangers of fentanyl. Assemblyman Patterson has requested three million dollars in total to fund the six projects. The exact amount of each grant will be determined at a later date. Over the last two years, Fresno County’s law…
SACRAMENTO – The California Highway Patrol could join local law enforcement agencies to investigate and prevent catalytic converter theft thanks to a proposed Assembly bill. AB 1653 was introduced by Assemblyman Jim Patterson and was approved in the Assembly Appropriations Committee Wednesday. The bill will help local law enforcement agencies struggling to keep up with the dramatic rise in catalytic converter theft by allowing counties in the hardest hit areas to seek additional support from the CHP. This would include help with theft ring investigations, logistical support, personnel, and…
SACRAMENTO – A bill that would force California’s Employment Development Department (EDD) to post wait times for services on their website was approved unanimously in the Assembly Insurance Committee Wednesday. Assemblyman Jim Patterson introduced AB 1821 to require the EDD Director to post current average processing times for unemployment claims as well as the average number of days it takes for claimants to be contacted by EDD for a required determination interview. The information must be posted on the EDD website and updated bi-weekly. The EDD currently posts the number of claims filed…
FRESNO – Assemblyman Jim Patterson was joined by partners in law enforcement, education, and addiction treatment to announce legislative efforts that would create a new state grant to fund outreach, prevention and awareness of the fentanyl crisis. AB 2365 would fund six pilot projects throughout the state focused on reducing fentanyl overdose and use. Local government agencies (i.e. education, law enforcement, public health, etc.) would apply for grant funds to increase awareness and education about the dangers of fentanyl. Over the last two years, Fresno County’s law enforcement and…
FRESNO – The California Transportation Commission voted Wednesday to approve $23 million (ITIP) in statewide funding along with $10 million (RTIP) in regional funding needed to complete a dangerous six-mile stretch of Highway 41 in Fresno County. A statewide crash and injury database shows fatal accidents in this area accounted for 35 percent of all fatalities on Highway 41 in Fresno County between December 2011 and January 2020. The state funds approved today will be combined with $13 million of local Measure C dollars. The remaining $17.2 million will be provided by the Cal Trans State…
SACRAMENTO – Legislation introduced by Assemblyman Jim Patterson to make it easier for law enforcement to track down hit and run drivers was approved in the Assembly Public Safety Committee in a unanimous vote. Under AB 1732, local law enforcement agencies that need the public’s help finding a hit and run driver would ask the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to activate a ‘Yellow Alert.’ Freeway signs in a designated area would then be lit up with a vehicle licenses plate or description. “When a driver leaves the scene of the crime, they fail to do the most humane thing – to stay and render…