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Football: Gov. Brown signs bill restricting contact drills

Excerpted from LA Times
July 21, 2014

Gov. Brown on Monday signed legislation that limits the amount and kinds of practices that can be scheduled for middle and high school football players.

California's new restrictions on middle and high school football practices are meant to reduce concussions

Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law AB 2127, which prohibits football teams at middle and high schools from holding full-contact practices that exceed 90 minutes on a single day, bans teams from holding more than two full-contact practices per week during the season and prohibits teams from conducting contact practices during the off-season.

The new restrictions, which take effect Jan. 1, 2015, are designed to help reduce concussions and other serious brain injuries.

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Assemblyman Cooley Awarded Legislator of the Year by Crime Victims United

Excerpted from FairOaks-Carmichael Patch
April 11, 2014

On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, Crime Victims United of California presented Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) with its 2014 Legislator of the Year Award. Crime Victims United presented Cooley with the award for his support on a variety of bills that strengthen public safety efforts and protects victims’ rights.

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Bill Gives Green Light to Over 500 Jobs in Rancho Cordova

Excerpted from
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.

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Assemblyman Cooley calls for tweaks to prison realignment

Excerpted from
April 1, 2013

Assemblyman Ken Cooley this morning said his bill returning certain drug traffickers to prison to serve long-term sentences is not a challenge to the state's realignment program, but rather is part of a discussion on how to improve the current law.

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Tax credits for military bases saved by lawmakers

Excerpted from Sacramento Business Journal
July 3, 2013

In this Friday’s print edition, I take a closer look at whether Gov. Jerry Brown’s decision to kill the state of California’s enterprise zone program will actually work. The controversial decision to phase out the program and replace it with a range of other incentives was a hot topic last week when the California Legislature approved the governor’s reforms.

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Law requires stiffer fiscal controls for local agencies

Excerpted from Sacramento Business Journal
August 30, 2013

California Gov. Jerry Brown this week signed a bill that could prevent local governments from falling into bankruptcy.

Under Assembly Bill 1248, authored by Rancho Cordova Democrat Ken Cooley, the state controller would develop new guidelines to detect accounting errors and fraud at local agencies. Those guidelines would come from standards from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and also input from advocacy groups representing a smattering of local governments.

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Gov. Brown signs bills to increase state accountability, transparency

Excerpted from
August 28, 2013

SACRAMENTO — Improved government accountability and transparency were the focus of several bills that Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Wednesday.

One directs the Department of Finance to guide monitors of state agencies to ensure they are independent and objective in scrutinizing agency operations. State agencies have been required to have independent monitors keeping an eye on accounting and administrative practices since 2011.

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