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Excerpted from News10.net
June 21, 2013

Assemblyman Ken Cooley worked with Governor Brown and bill authors Senators DeSaulnier and Emmerson, to speed SB 509 through the Assembly enabling 500 jobs in Rancho Cordova to come on-line.  Assemblyman Cooley shepherded this urgency measure, which took three months to navigate the Senate, through the Assembly in less than 3 weeks to allow it to become law before July 1st.

Governor Brown signed the urgency bill Monday night to ensure that Covered California submits fingerprint images and related information to the Department of Justice to obtain criminal history information on its prospective employees who will assist Californians in their health insurance choices.  This bill was a mandatory requirement for employees handling sensitive personal information of applicants’ medical and financial information.

“Covered California can now move forward this summer with hiring more than 500 employees in our community by meeting federal security mandates,” said Assemblyman Ken Cooley. “Without this bi-partisan legislation, these positions would have been on hold indefinitely.  These security measures are essential for consumer protection during the enrollment process.”

In 2010, the legislature passed and then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed law creating the California Health Benefit Exchange, also known as Covered California, and is expected to begin enrolling individuals and small employers in health plans in October of this year.

“At a time when unemployment exceeds 9% in California, we must do everything we can to put people to work,” said Assemblyman Cooley. “This is responsible legislation for all Californians, both those who work for Covered California and those trying to obtain health insurance.”

In addition, SB 509 requires the FBI and DOJ to submit a criminal history summary of potential employees to the Covered California board, and gives the DOJ authority to charge a fee sufficient to cover the costs of processing these requests.

Assemblyman Ken Cooley represents the 8th Assembly District which includes the communities of Arden-Arcade, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, Rancho Murieta, Rosemont, Wilton and other portions of unincorporated Sacramento County.