In Sacramento, advocacy groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council are pushing an Assembly bill that would make California the toughest state in the nation on the use of antibiotics in livestock.
Assembly Bill 1437 Seeks to Require the Responsible Use Antibiotics in Livestock Operations to Ensure the Continued Effectiveness of Antibiotics
(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) was joined by health professionals and public interest advocates today to rally support for AB 1437, to help combat the further spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria or superbugs.
“Resistance to antibiotics is an increasingly serious problem,” said Assemblymember Mullin. “The Food and Drug Administration’s voluntary regulations are not enough to stop the inappropriate use of antibiotics in livestock and leave the public’s health at risk.”
Jaida Im is the founder of Freedom House in San Mateo County, aiding Victims of Human Trafficking
Assemblymember Mullin on the Assembly floor with Woman of the Year honoree Jaida Im
Sacramento – Assemblymember Kevin Mullin honored Jaida Im as Assembly District 22’s Woman of the Year at a ceremony that took place at the State Capitol today. Ms. Im is a strong advocate to stop human trafficking. In 2010, she founded Freedom House in San Mateo County, the first shelter and aftercare program of its kind in Northern California. Its mission is to bring “hope, restoration, and a new life to survivors of human trafficking by providing a safe home and long-term care.”
Bill would allow special elections to be conducted primarily by mail when certain conditions are met, including pre-paid postage on return ballot envelopes
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Mullin has introduced Assembly Bill 2028 (AB 2028) to increase voter turnout in special elections by allowing them to be conducted primarily by mail. The bill includes a set of specific conditions: ballot postage must be pre-paid and Election Day polling locations for those who misplaced or never received their ballots must be open, among other requirements.
While more than 50% of California voters are now voting by mail in statewide general elections, the numbers are even more dramatic in special elections. Last year, in some cases more than 80% of special election voters cast their ballots by mail. These numbers raise questions of efficiency. Special elections cost taxpayers millions of dollars because polling places must be fully staffed and stocked on Election Day, yet the overwhelming majority of voters are not using these services. As an alternative, this bill would grant elections officials the flexibility to conduct special elections primarily by mail, resulting in significant taxpayer savings.
At the same time, special elections see abysmal voter participation levels, with fewer than 10% of voters turning out in some instances. Studies show that for special elections in particular, turnout increases when every voter receives a ballot in the mail. Using California-specific data, one study showed a turnout boost of eight percentage points under the all vote-by-mail method. An increase of that magnitude could nearly double turnout rates in some jurisdictions.
“With turnout rates in special elections reaching all-time lows, I think we are overdue for a fresh look at our state’s election procedures,” said Assemblymember Kevin Mullin. “Research indicates that the vote-by-mail system boosts turnout in special elections while saving taxpayer money. At a minimum, this system should be an option for county elections officials. ”
Sacramento – Assemblymember Kevin Mullin made the following remarks following the Governor’s State of the State Address to the Legislature.
“I appreciate the Governor’s cautious optimism and fiscally restrained approach to the budget. The economy is rebounding and in particular, I appreciate Brown mentioning biotechnology in the Bay Area as a particular bright spot,” said Assemblymember Mullin. “However, it is important to remember what has happened over the last few decades, the great recession wasn’t the first economic downturn and it won’t be the last, so we are going to need to pay down debt and continuously maintain a healthy reserve going into the future.”
SACRAMENTO –This week Governor Jerry Brown released his 2014-15 Proposed Budget, outlining his fiscal priorities for the coming year. In response, Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) released the following statement:
"The Governor’s Budget includes a much needed reinvestment in critical services like education and healthcare while at the same time demonstrating fiscal restraint by establishing a rainy day fund and paying down past debts. The model of debt-repayment coupled with a commitment to save new revenues in anticipation of future deficits outlined in the Budget is promising. It marks a departure from historic patterns of high spending commitments during good budget years that inevitably led to large deficits when the state’s fiscal fortunes turned around.
Abusive Practice Costs Taxpayers Long After Elected Officials Have Finished Public Service
Sacramento – Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) introduced legislation that will put a stop to an abusive practice whereby part-time elected officials grant themselves lifetime healthcare benefits leaving taxpayers with substantial long-term, often times unfunded liabilities.
"It doesn't make sense for part-time elected officials to earn life-time health benefits," said Assemblymember Mullin. "Long after an individual has left office they, and in many cases, their dependents are costing taxpayers around the state millions of dollars annually."