Assembly Bill (AB) 491, which establishes $3M in education grants on WWII Japanese American incarceration, passes Assembly Floor

With Trump in office, Assemblymember Muratsuchi’s bill meant to ensure such discrimination never happens again in California

Torrance, CA – On Wednesday, Assembly Bill (AB) 491, which establishes $3 million in education grants regarding the World War II Japanese American incarceration, passed the Assembly Floor.  Specifically, the bill will extend funding for the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program, run by the State Library, through an appropriation of $3 million in General Funds that will be distributed over the next three years.

Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi’s Assembly Bill (AB) 1647, which will require refineries to maintain air quality monitors, passes Assembly Floor with bipartisan support

AB 1647 part of Assemblymember Muratsuchi’s “California Refinery Jobs and Safety Action Plan,” which includes five Assembly bills to improve public safety at all California refineries

Torrance, CA – On Tuesday, Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi’s (D-Torrance) Assembly Bill (AB) 1647 passed the Assembly Floor on a bipartisan vote. The bill will require refineries to install and maintain air quality monitors at the refinery fence line and in the community.  It will also require that the governing air quality agency publicly report the readings from the monitors in real-time.

Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi’s Assembly Bill (AB) 461, which will exclude forgiven student debt from tax liability, approved by Assembly.

Torrance, CA – Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi’s (D-Torrance) Assembly Bill (AB) 461, which will expand the existing exclusion for forgiven or canceled debt from gross income in determining tax liability, was approved by the Assembly on a 76-0 vote on Wednesday, May 31st.  Current law allows for forgiving or canceling student loan debt, but the forgiven loan debt may still be assessed as a tax liability.

Muratsuchi introduces bill calling for $3 million in Education Grants on Civil Liberties and the World War II Japanese American Incarceration

Muslim, Jewish, Latino & Asian Pacific Islander communities rally to keep history from repeating under Trump

Sacramento, CA –Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) today called for $3 million in grants to the State Library for educational activities and materials on civil liberties and the World War II Japanese American Incarceration. The Assemblymember made his remarks at a Capitol press conference, where he stood with Assemblymembers and leaders from the Muslim, Asian Pacific Islander (API), Jewish and Latino communities in solidarity to ensure that history doesn’t repeat itself in the Trump era. 

TRUMP CONCERNS DOMINATE 48TH MANZANAR PILGRIMAGE

More than 2,000 gather at former Japanese American concentration camp.

Concern over the decisions coming out of the newly elected Trump Administration dominated this year’s Manzanar Pilgrimage program, where more than 2,000 people turned out. The annual pilgrimage was held on April 29 at the Manzanar National Historic Site in Inyo County.

Statement from Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) on U.S. Chemical Safety Board’s Report on ExxonMobil Torrance Refinery’s 2015 Explosion in Torrance

Torrance, CA - “The U.S. Chemical Safety Board’s (CSB) findings about the 2015 explosion at the Torrance Refinery are both troubling and serious. According to the report, the refinery failed to put into place adequate safety procedures, update its equipment and train workers adequately. But the agency, unfortunately, cannot enforce their recommendations.