Press Releases

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Torrance, CA – Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance)’s Assembly Bill 342 today. This bill will help California fight the Trump Administration’s plan to frack and drill for oil in national and state parks and other federal protected lands by prohibiting new pipelines and other infrastructure on state lands that would support new oil and gas production.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Torrance, CA – Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 272, authored by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), a bill that encourages California school districts to develop and adopt policies that limit or prohibit student use of smartphones on school grounds during school hours, with specific exceptions.  This new law authorizes school districts to adopt their own policies to limit or prohibit smartphones except in the case of an emergency; when a teacher or administrator grants permission for academic or other approved purposes; when necessary for the

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Torrance, CA –Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance)’s Assembly Bill 39, that will help raise California to the top ten in the nation in per pupil spending, passed the Senate Education Committee on a bipartisan vote.  This bill proposes aspirational funding targets for California’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) to establish a plan for increasing the state’s K-12 funding by $35 billion over an unspecified number of years.  This increase would ensure that all school districts have full and fair funding to cover increasing fixed costs and improve education for all Ca

Friday, May 24, 2019

Torrance, CA – Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance)’s Assembly Bill 720, which would ensure California Community Colleges’ training programs for firefighters and law enforcement officers are fully funded, passed the Assembly Floor.  Under the current funding formula, these kinds of programs will receive less funding from the state and, as a result, may not cover the cost of instruction for colleges that offer continuing education, certified POST training, or additional coursework required for public safety officers in California.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Legislation especially important in light of recent cases connecting Roundup to cancer

Torrance, CA – Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) introduced Assembly Bill 468 that prohibits the use of the lawn care pesticide Roundup on school sites.  Roundup, which contains the chemical glyphosate, has been cited in recent court cases for causing cancer.  Indeed, earlier this month, a judge ordered Roundup’s parent company Bayer AG to pay more than $2 billion in damages to a California family that claimed they got cancer from using Roundup for several decades.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Bill meant to protect national monuments from further drilling by Trump Administration in California

Torrance, CA – Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance)’s Assembly Bill 342, which would prohibit any state agency, department, commission or local trustee, with leasing authority over public lands, from entering into any new lease authorizing the construction of oil and gas related infrastructure upon state lands to support oil and gas production on federal protected lands, passed the Assembly Floor. By prohibiting the infrastructure used for oil and gas production, the bill will help California safeguard federally protected land and national monuments within its borders.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Torrance, CA –Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance)’s Assembly Bill 39 that will help raise California to the top ten in the nation in per pupil spending passed the Assembly Floor today. This bill proposes funding targets for California’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) to establish a plan for increasing the state’s K-12 funding by $35 billion over an unspecified number of years. This increase would ensure that all school districts have full and fair funding to cover increasing fixed costs and improve education for all California public school students.