Press Releases

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Bill requires all local elected officials to complete sexual harassment prevention training, closing existing loophole

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today, Assemblymembers Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) and Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) announced legislation which would require all local elected officials to take the same sexual harassment prevention training required of city staff and state legislative bodies.

"Elected officials have a higher bar as supervisors to understand the laws that protect their employees and to ensure their workplaces are free from sexual harassment," noted Assemblywoman Gonzalez, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Women in the Workplace, "This starts with guaranteeing they receive the necessary training to keep workers safe."

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Proposed tip carve-out is currently illegal under California law

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymembers Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) and Roger Hernández (D-West Covina) released an opinion today from the Legislative Counsel’s office which holds that the proposal on total compensation rate is illegal.  The opinion was released prior to the Sacramento City Council’s consideration of the report produced by the Minimum Wage Task Force.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today, Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) and supporters led a rally at the Natomas School Readiness Program in support of AB 47—The Preschool for All Act of 2015.  During the rally, a preschooler named Sienna signed a petition on behalf of California children to Governor Brown.  The bill has garnered strong support among over 40 education, health, parent, civic, law enforcement, business, faith, local leaders, and military organizations.  AB 47 is currently on the Governor’s Desk for his consideration.

“California has the opportunity to provide each of our low-income children access to quality preschool,” said Assemblymember Kevin McCarty.  “We hope the Governor shares this same vision and we’re here to urge Governor Brown to sign AB 47 into law.”

Friday, September 11, 2015

Bill on Governor’s Desk for his Signature

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today, the Assembly passed Assembly Bill (AB) 47, the Preschool for Act (Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento) with strong bi-partisan support 67 to 1.  It now moves to the Governor for his consideration.  This measure establishes a framework to provide all eligible low income 4-year olds with access to the state preschool program contingent upon funding in the Budget Act.

“We owe it to our future to prepare all of our children to succeed in school and in life,” said Assemblymember McCarty.  “California has the opportunity to provide each of our low-income children access to quality preschool. We hope the Governor shares this same vision.”

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Bill Would Expand Access to All Eligible Kids

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed Assembly Bill (AB) 47, the Preschool for Act (Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento) on a 5 to 2 vote.  This measure establishes a framework to provide all eligible low income 4-year olds with access to the state preschool program contingent upon funding in the Budget Act.

“Preschool prepares children for the next step, ensuring that children are ready to start school and be successful,” said Assemblymember McCarty.  “AB 47 bill will ensure that we keep the promise made to our preschoolers last year and provide each of our low-income children access to quality preschool.”

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D – Sacramento) announced today the Sacramento area recipients of Urban Forestry Grants awarded by CAL FIRE.  These grants were awarded statewide for the purpose of improving urban forests and reducing greenhouse gas emissions while beautifying California for generations to come.

“Urban Forestry Grants helps trees and new plantings that in turn provide us with cleaner air and water, a reduction of storm water run-off, and cooler summer temperatures,” said Assemblymember McCarty. “Trees play a vital role in reducing greenhouse gasses and help maintain Sacramento’s reputation as the City of Trees.”

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

(SACRAMENTO, CA) - Today, the Senate Education Committee passed Assembly Bill (AB) 47, the Preschool for Act (Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento) on a bi-partisan vote. This measure requires the state to provide funding for all children who are eligible for the state preschool program, who do not have access to Transitional Kindergarten or Head Start, with the opportunity to enroll in the program.