Governor Brown Signs AB 2028 Bill to Allow Vote-by-Mail Elections in San Mateo County

San Mateo County will be part of pilot project focused on increasing voter turnout, and modernizing the election process.

SACRAMENTO –Assembly Bill 2028 (AB 2028) was signed by Governor Jerry Brown earlier today and will allow San Mateo County to join Yolo County in conducting a series of elections primarily by mail under California's vote-by-mail pilot project. San Mateo County could hold elections primarily by mail on up to three election dates prior to 2018, when the program expires. The selected dates may include off-year elections, such as city council and school board races, and special elections. The pilot project requires every registered voter to receive a ballot in the mail along with a ballot return envelope with prepaid postage. For those who don't receive a ballot, want to submit their ballot on Election Day, or simply prefer to vote in person; at least one polling place and drop off location will be available in each city.

"This bill presents a wonderful opportunity for San Mateo County voters," said Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo). "Our county already has a strong history of voting by mail and this pilot program will provide important voter turnout information from an urban county with a widely diverse population. It is also an important step forward in modernizing our voting process."

"I appreciate the fact that San Mateo County Chief Elections Officer Mark Church is supportive of this effort and recognizes the importance of the project. I know he and his staff are on board with its implementation," Mullin added.

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Assistant Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin Releases Statement on Passage of Water Bond

SACRAMENTO – “The ongoing historic drought, our aging water infrastructure, and degraded watersheds have all combined to present us with an environmental and economic crisis that needs to be addressed,” said Assemblymember Mullin (D-San Mateo), a co-author of the measure. “While the water bond is not perfect, nothing that is negotiated between so many disparate interests could be.”

“If passed by the voters in November, this bond will provide significant regional and statewide benefits in terms of water supply reliability, water recycling, conservation, sustainability, flood control, and ecosystem restoration,” said Mullin.

“Over $100 million will be provided to the Coastal Conservancy to protect coastal watersheds and fund ecosystem restoration including areas within San Mateo County,” said Mullin. “Additionally, the Bay Area will receive $65 million dollars dedicated to improve water supply self-reliance and climate change adaptation.”

Assemblymember Mullin Introduces Recount Reform Legislation for Statewide Races and Candidates

New bill would institute an automatic, state-funded recount when statewide races are determined by a margin of one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) or less. 

In the wake of complications that were highlighted during the recent State Controller’s primary race, Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) has introduced legislation to reform California’s statewide election recount process.

“Fourteen years after Bush v. Gore, and the Florida fiasco, California still has an antiquated system for recounts and it needs reform,” stated Mullin.

Bill to Allow Vote-by-Mail Elections in San Mateo County Heads to Governor’s Desk

San Mateo County aims to lead the state in saving taxpayer money, increasing voter turnout, and modernizing the election process.

SACRAMENTO –Assembly Bill 2028 (AB 2028) will allow San Mateo County to join Yolo County in conducting a series of elections primarily by mail under California’s vote-by-mail pilot project. San Mateo County could hold elections primarily by mail on up to three election dates prior to 2018, when the program expires. The selected dates may include off-year elections, such as city council and school board races, and special elections. The pilot project requires every registered voter to receive a ballot in the mail along with a ballot return envelope with prepaid postage. For those who don’t receive a ballot, want to submit their ballot on Election Day, or simply prefer to vote in person; at least one polling place and drop off location will be available in each city.

In Wake of Controller Recount Complications Assemblymember Mullin Seeks Electoral Reforms

New bill modifying recount process to be introduced in August when legislature reconvenes.

Sacramento - The recount currently underway in the Controller’s race has generated significant discussion throughout the State of California. Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D- San Mateo) plans to introduce legislation regarding recount procedures when the Legislature returns from its summer recess. His office is researching options to ensure the recounting process in future statewide elections is fair to all candidates. These options may include: the establishment of a threshold that automatically triggers the recount process for very close races, the development of a recount standard across counties, and a state-funded recount process in California.

“California is in uncharted territory with the Controller’s race recount,” stated Assemblymember Kevin Mullin. “It’s imperative to our system of governance that the election process is fair and transparent for all voters and candidates. We are actively researching a variety of options and engaging in discussions with the Secretary of State’s office so we can craft comprehensive legislation on this issue.”

Bipartisan Bill Clearing the Path for Clean Energy Development on California’s Military Bases Passes Assembly

AB 2649 Will Promote Clean Energy and Job Creation in Military Communities

Sacramento – Assembly Bill 2649 authored by Assemblymember Mullin and a bipartisan group of legislators passed off of the Assembly floor today on a vote of 72-0. The bill eliminates and mitigates barriers to the development of solar, wind, and other forms of clean energy.

The Army, Navy and Air Force have a collective goal to adopt 3,000 MW of clean energy by 2025—including the Secretary of the Navy’s goal of generating at least 50 percent of shore-based energy requirements from alternative sources by 2020. While interpretation of current California law has prohibited several military renewable energy projects from moving forward in California, other states such as Arizona, Texas, Hawaii, and Colorado have been able to aggressively move towards these goals.

Assemblymember Mullin Releases Statements on the Governor’s May Budget Revision

Sacramento – Assemblymember Kevin Mullin, Assistant Speaker pro Tem and member of the Budget Committee, is generally supportive of the Governor’s modified budget proposal. He made the following comments following his initial review of revised budget proposal:

“I appreciate the Governor looking at the budget using a multi-year perspective,” said Assemblymember Mullin. “I agree with the idea that as we look ahead, it is important to remember that in most of the last ten years we have faced big shortfalls. As a member of the Assembly Budget Committee, I will be taking that to heart.”

Bipartisan Group of Legislators Advocate for Legislation to Remove Impediments to Increased Military Energy Independence in California

AB 2649 Will Promote Clean Energy and Job Creation in Military Communities

Sacramento - Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D- San Mateo) was joined by a group of bipartisan legislators to support legislation aimed at reducing impediments to renewable energy generation on military bases in California.

The Army, Navy and Air Force have a collective goal to adopt 3,000 MW of clean energy by 2025—including the Secretary of the Navy’s goal of generating at least 50 percent of shore-based energy requirements from alternative sources by 2020. While interpretation of current California law has prohibited several military renewable energy projects from moving forward in California, other states such as Arizona, Texas, Hawaii, and Colorado have been able to aggressively move towards these goals.