Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Great Recession officially ended several years ago and the overall economic recovery in our state has been robust, but too many California families continue to struggle each month. Communities hardest hit by the recession – including cities up and down the Central Valley – remain impoverished.

This uneven economic growth has left so many families behind. Nearly 1 in 4 Californians – more than 8 million – lived in poverty in 2013. This shameful rate, the highest among all states, includes 2 million children. Children who grow up in poverty tend to complete less education, experience more physical and mental health issues, have poorer nutrition and have fewer job prospects. Many kids who grow up poor stay poor as adults. Clearly, it benefits all Californians to address our state's appalling poverty rate.

Making my pledge to end sexual assault.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Bill Would Increase State’s Role in Nursing Home Oversight

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – This week, Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D–Sacramento) introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 927, which would establish additional oversight and transparency for nursing home ownership.  Specifically, AB 927 would clarify the California Department of Public Health’s (DPH) duty to review and approve changes of nursing home ownership and management at the corporate structure, improves DPH’s ability to share nursing home ownership information to provide consumer protection, and prevents persons and/or companies with poor track records from acquiring nursing homes by strengthening suitability of ownership requirements.

“It is incumbent upon us to ensure that our seniors, who are often at their most fragile and vulnerable in nursing home settings, are protected,” said Assemblymember McCarty.  “It is in the best interest of the State to protect consumers and prevent existing owners with a bad track record from licensing them to open additional facilities.  Consumers can’t even determine from the Department’s website who owns each home – it’s a lack of transparency that just isn’t appropriate.”

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Hearing focus on Overview of UC’s Growing Expenditures

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today, Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance, convened the first overview hearing on the University of California’s (UC) budget.  In an indication of the gravity of the task at hand, the members of the committee were joined by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) who noted the enormity of the undertaking.  This hearing marks the beginning of the Assembly's zero-based budget review process.  Through this approach, every line item of UC’s budget must be approved, rather than only the changes from the previous year, to foster increased transparency and public discussion of the use of taxpayer dollars.

“This is the first of many hearings to review UC’s budget and examine the system’s enrollment patterns, performance, and growing expenditures” said Assemblymember McCarty.  “Our primary goal for higher education is to ensure access and affordability for our students, and to assure taxpayers and hard working families that their investment has been a wise one.  As such, any fee increases that may occur, for whatever reason, are absolutely necessary and accounted for by the State of California.”   

Friday, January 9, 2015

Statement from Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D – Sacramento) Chair of Budget Sub- Committee 2 on Education Finance, regarding the 2015-16 proposed budget:

“I am pleased with the Governor’s proposed budget blue print. The Governor’s focus is rightly on fiscal prudence, but also significantly reinvests in education from K-12, community colleges, and our higher education institutions.  This framework is a good starting point for the Legislature to engage the administration and I look forward to working with the Governor on these issues and others, particularly increasing access for low income families to preschool.”   

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Bill would require independent panel to investigate civilian shootings

(SACRAMENTO, CA) - Under legislation introduced today, cases like those of Eric Garner and Michael Brown in California would be investigated by a state independent law enforcement panel rather than a local district attorney.  AB 86 (McCarty, D-Sacramento) would require that any officer-involved shooting that results in the death of a civilian must be reviewed by an independent law enforcement panel established within the California Department of Justice.  The bill further requires the results of the investigation be submitted to the district attorney where the incident occurred, and the Attorney General.

“For far too long there has been a cloud of confusion surrounding police shootings, now is the time for California to be a leader on this issue.  The creation of an independent police review panel is a common sense solution which will create trust between the police the community,” said Assemblymember McCarty.  “District attorneys will no longer have to worry about investigating the police with whom they work so closely.  No one should be able to police themselves.”

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Police officers who fatally shoot suspects would be subject to an outside review under California legislation being introduced by Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento.

The bill follows a number of intensely scrutinized police killings, both the deaths of Michael Brown in Missouri and Eric Garner in New York, which drew national attention, and the case of an Army veteran, Parminder Singh Shergill, felled by police bullets in Lodi.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Another bill proposing to significantly expand state-funded preschool has been introduced in California.

Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, is the author of AB 47, which would expand the state’s full-day preschool program for low-income children so that all eligible children are granted a spot. Currently, the program enrolls about 140,000 3- and 4-year-old students from families who make 70 percent of the California median annual income ($46,896 for a family of 4) or less. The state didn’t provide enough money to offer spots to another 32,000 children who meet the qualifications.

Assemblymember McCarty and local Professional Engineers in California Government members.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

(Calif.) Sacramento Democrat Kevin McCarty, newly-appointed chair of the Assembly’s budget subcommittee on education finance, wasted no time in the new legislative session taking up a cause that has gained serious momentum in the state but has yet to be fully enacted – preschool for all kids.

Debate over AB 47, as with the other 99 bills introduced the first week of the 2015-16 session, won’t begin until lawmakers reconvene Jan. 5, but there will be plenty to discuss.