The late great Congressman John Lewis, whose life was honored last month, first rose to prominence in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. In his speech that August day in front of the Lincoln Memorial he thundered, “Wake Up America! Wake Up! For we cannot stop, and will not and cannot be patient.”
My interest in civic engagement started early. When your father is a high school government teacher and your mother enjoys a lively discussion at the dinner table, you learn early on that civic engagement and being an active participant in the political process gives you a voice in your local, state and national government. Even if your preferred candidate isn’t successful, your vote always counts.
License Plate Bill Boosts Public Safety and Revenues
For his leadership in winning passage of Assembly Bill 516, the Temporary License Plate bill, Assembly Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin, who represents San Mateo County’s District 22, is receiving MTC’s distinguished John F. Foran Legislative Award. Supported by MTC and signed into law by Governor Brown in July 2016, AB 516 modernizes California’s vehicle license program by requiring all motor vehicles sold by new or used car dealers to have a temporary license plate with a unique license number before the vehicle leaves the dealer’s lot. Previously, only temporary dealership paper plates were required and were not replaced with permanent plates for months or sometimes years.
By Kevin Mullin
There is no shortage of challenging issues that will make news from the State Capitol during the 2015-16 Legislative Session ranging from education reform, to funding transportation infrastructure, to combatting climate change and more.
As the newly sworn-in Speaker pro Tempore of the California State Assembly, and as a member of the Budget Committee, my focus is on helping shape a state budget that balances spending on vital priorities such as strengthening a social safety net that was decimated in the Great Recession, while pro-actively paying down our state’s debts and addressing long-term fiscal liabilities. In the coming months, we will hold dozens of hearings resulting in eventual adoption of a roughly $113 billion general fund state budget. I am optimistic that the Legislature and the Governor are on track for a fifth consecutive on-time balanced budget.
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.
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.
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.
School safety plans are required by law but state funding to allow districts to have up-to-date planning and training opportunities may go away.
Technically, it would be distributed in a different way. But some think the change is one that shouldn’t happen. Under Gov. Jerry Brown’s Local Control Funding Formula for schools, many categorical designations for money will be done away with. Instead, the money would be given to districts through a per-pupil formula.
Two state Senators have proposed legislation that would require at least one polling place on each University of California and California State University campus.
They also seek to expand voting on community college campuses.
Meanwhile, Democratic Assemblymember Kevin Mullin has proposed a constitutional amendment that would allow 17-year-olds to vote in a primary if they will turn 18 by the general election.
Assemblymember Kevin Mullin has reintroduced a bill that would allow 17-year-old Californians to vote in primaries.
Without doubt – getting behind the wheel of a car is a teen dream.
But you have to practice with a permit first under the watchful eye of a seasoned driver, before you can tackle the road on your own.