May 28, 2013 > Wieckowski bills
Submitted By Jeff Barbosa
The Assembly Appropriations Committee approved nine bills by Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) and one bill by the Judiciary Committee, which he chairs, on May 24, 2013. The approved bills will now advance to the Assembly floor.
AB 714 will direct $1M from the General Fund to restore state funding to the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Program, based at the University of California, Irvine.
The committee also approved AB 7, Wieckowski's public disclosure legislation on hydraulic fracturing. The bill requires frackers to disclose information on the chemicals they pump into wells.
AB 458, also approved by the Appropriations Committee, aims to prohibit businesses that are hit with punitive damages from writing them off on their taxes.
Another Wieckowski bill, AB 975, would build on recommendations from the California State Auditor to increase accountability over non-profit hospitals to ensure they are providing a proper level of charitable care in California.