Freshman Assembly Member Well Positioned to Address State's Policy and Fiscal Issues in 2013 Legislative Session

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At the outset of the Legislative Session, San Mateo County Assembly Member Appointed to Serve on Several Key Committees

In addition to being assigned so serve the leadership role of Assistant Speaker Pro Tem by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, Assembly Member Kevin Mullin (D – South San Francisco) has been appointed to serve on several key committees. The committees include the Budget Committee, Budget Subcommittee #4 on State Administration, the Business and Professions Committee, Local Government Committee, Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security Committee, and Revenue and Taxation Committee.

"I am honored and grateful to be able to serve on these committees," said Assembly Member Mullin. "The state is facing a number of pivotal issues as we continue our economic recovery. These committees will provide the opportunity to play a significant role in developing policies that will improve our economy and build on the progress already made to get the state on solid fiscal ground."

These committees will face a number of high profile issues in this legislative session. The principal role of the Budget committee this year will be developing a plan for addressing the projected $1.9 billion budget shortfall. The Governor will release a proposed budget on January 10th and the Legislature must pass a budget by June 15th. This will include negotiated alternatives to the Governor's proposals that the Assembly will develop with their Senate counterparts and the Governor.

The Business and Professions committee handles a wide variety of issues including: consumer protection, product labeling, occupational licensing (medical and non-medical), creation and elimination of regulatory agencies, boards and commissions, governmental organization (including efficiency and cost control), and state contracts.

Local government committee will be examining issues of state/local relations, economic development, land use, criminal justice realignment, special taxes, and a variety of other issues. Serving on both the Local Government and Revenue and Taxation Committee, Assembly Member Mullin will be reviewing and voting on proposals to reform how local sales taxes, parcel taxes, and bonds are passed.

The PERSS committee will primarily review policies related to public employee contracts and the Public Employee Retirement System.

"As I examine the budget and policy proposals before me, I look forward to hearing from my constituents about their thoughts and priorities," said Assembly Member Mullin. "As a former local elected official and a business owner, I am well aware of not only who got me here, but that what we do in Sacramento can have a significant impact on California's businesses and citizens."

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Kevin Mullin, a former City Councilmember and Mayor of South San Francisco, a local business owner, and former state legislative aide was elected in November 2012 to represent the 22nd Assembly District. The district includes the cities of Belmont, Brisbane, Foster City, Hillsborough, Millbrae, Pacifica, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Mateo and portions of South San Francisco.

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