Friday, May 22, 2020

Sacramento, CA – In Assemblymember Shirley Weber’s latest press release, the Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment has passed the AB 2992 legislation through a bipartisan vote, which would provide the victims of violent crimes and families of homicide victims time to recover without fear of job loss and receive expanded unpaid leave.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Judiciary Committee passed AB 3070 through its first phase of California’s legislative process.

On May 11, 2020, an 8 to 3 committee vote pushed further along a bill that aims to end discrimination in the jury selection process of California. Current legislation prohibits parties to excuse jurors on the basis of the juror’s possible biases caused by their race, gender, religion, and other individual characteristics and requires peremptory challenges to be made if a juror’s dismissal is alleged to be based on discriminatory acts. Contrary, AB 3070 would prohibit the removal of a juror on the basis of their race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, or religious affiliation and would increase the consequences of grants and objections of peremptory challenges that claim to be non-discriminatory driven.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

A legislative panel unanimously advanced a proposal that would strengthen oversight of how the state’s school districts spend money designated for needy students, making it one of the few surviving bills as the coronavirus pandemic has upended the state’s education agenda.

Assembly 1835 by Democratic Assemblywoman Shirley Weber of San Diego stems from a years-long effort to bolster transparency of the state’s landmark 2013 school finance law, the Local Control Funding Formula.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

As Gov. Gavin Newsom orders the closure of Orange County beaches, Scott and Marisa talk with Assemblywoman Dr. Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, about the ongoing stay-at-home order and the timeline of the Legislature's return to Sacramento. Weber also shares the story of her father fleeing a lynch mob in Arkansas, and discusses the influence of her elementary school teachers and her hopes for education and criminal justice reform in the coming years. Click link to listen to the podcast.


Thursday, May 7, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego) – fresh off major police reform victories the last legislative session – pushed through two key measures Tuesday through committee on just the state legislature’s second day back from a COVID-19 pandemic break.

One bill seeks to protect consumers from the devastating economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, and the other measure is a constitutional amendment that would unblock economic opportunities for people of color and women in the state.

The first legislative, AB 2443, passed the Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection – it would help ensure that the firms behind “fly-by-night” debt settlement companies are held responsible when consumers are cheated.

Friday, June 12, 2015

California is on its way to making a full economic recovery. Yet many working families are still not reaping the financial benefits. In fact, many families are falling behind. Recent reports indicate that our state has one of the highest poverty rates in the country and the highest rate of child poverty.

One proven way to help struggling working families in California is through a state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Currently, 25 states have implemented their own earned-income credit to supplement the federal EITC. States like Rhode Island and Maryland have had a state EITC in place for more than 25 years, and they are working.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Amid a national uproar over fatal police shootings of unarmed African Americans, one political consensus seems to be rapidly gaining steam: the idea that law enforcement officers should be equipped with body cameras so that potentially fatal encounters can be recorded. Last week, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee proposed a $6.6 million program to equip the city's nearly 2,000 police officers with the cameras.