Legislation Strengthening Protections for Immigrant Workers Passes Out of the Senate Committee on Public Safety

Bill Protects Vulnerable Workers from Extortion

SACRAMENTO - Assembly Bill 524 by Assistant Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin passed out of the Senate Public Safety Committee today on a vote of 5 to 2.

The bill removes ambiguity in the law and strengthens human rights protections for immigrants by including threats to report a person’s immigration status in the definition of extortion.

Enterprise zone plan would boost economy

As California slowly recovers from the Great Recession, the governor and the Legislature must do more to revitalize our economy. One of the few remaining economic development tools left in California, the $700 million enterprise zone program, is wasteful and ineffective. Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal to recast enterprise zones and stimulate manufacturing in the state is a step in the right direction.

California budget will be balanced and on time: Democrats accept governor’s conservative revenue projection

Freshman Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, will help the state adopt a balanced budget at its earliest date since 1986 if the Legislature approves Gov. Jerry Brown’s $96.4 billion spending plan Friday.

Brown announced a compromise yesterday that anticipates $3.2 billion less in revenue than the state Legislative Analyst’s Office projects.

Assemblymember Mullin Releases Statement and Budget Overview

This budget takes some very positive steps for the state of California. Even though we did the fiscally responsible thing and went with the Governor’s lower revenue estimates and left a significant reserve, we were able to move the state forward. We are restoring some cuts from previous years including basic dental care for the poor and replacing some childcare funding for working families. We are also going to keep university tuition hikes in check and provide additional financial aid with the Speaker’s middle class scholarship program.

Redevelopment Dissolution Legislation Passes Assembly with Strong Bipartisan Support

Legislation Ensuring that Cities Get Clear Answers from Department of Finance Regarding Redevelopment Projects Passes Assembly with Strong Bipartisan Support

SACRAMENTO - AB 564 provides additional certainty to cities and all other public and private entities that benefits offered by a finding of completion from the DOF can be relied upon. AB 564 removes uncertainties, avoids confusion and litigation, and allows remaining projects to go ahead with certainty.

In the chaos that resulted from the dissolution of over 380 redevelopment agencies, cities have found themselves attempting to comply with the statutory dissolution provisions only to confront inconsistent treatment by the Department of Finance (DOF). As a result, over 100 lawsuits have been filed against DOF by successor agencies.

Manufacturing Tax Reform Bill Passes Revenue and Taxation Committee with Bipartisan Support

AB 486 Would Provide a Substantial Tax Incentive to Manufacturers Making Location Decisions or Considering Expansion in California

Sacramento - Assemblymember Mullin’s legislation (AB 486) will exempt California’s remaining manufacturers from sales tax on equipment used for manufacturing and research and development.  The intent of the bill is to put California businesses on equal footing with other states and help revitalize manufacturing in California. The bill passed unanimously on a 9-0 vote of the Assembly Revenue and Taxation committee.

“Nearly every other state in our nation exempts equipment used for manufacturing from sales and use taxes,” said Assemblymember Mullin. “This puts California’s manufacturers at a distinct disadvantage.”

Bill to Engage Youth Vote Passes First Policy Committee

ACA 7 will allow 17 year olds to vote in a primary election if they are 18 by the general election

Sacramento – Assembly Constitutional Amendment (ACA) 7 passed out of the Assembly Election and Redistricting Committee today on a vote of 5 to 2.

ACA 7, which is supported by the League of Women Voters of California, will allow 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections if they will be 18 years old by the general election.

Bill to Preserve School Safety Program Passes Committee with Bi-Partisan Support

Legislation Seeks to Protect the School Community Violence Prevention Training Program

Sacramento - Assemblymember Mullin’s bill AB 470 passed out of the Assembly Education Committee with nearly unanimous bipartisan support with a vote of 6-0. AB 470 is intended to protect “categorical” funding for the development of school safety plans. These plans are developed by education experts in conjunction with law enforcement officers and make sure that school staff and administrators are adequately prepared to address violence and disasters at public schools.

“In light of the Sandy Hook shooting and other violent incidents in California and the country, it is imperative we do everything we can to ensure our schools are prepared for crisis situations,” said Assemblymember Mullin.