Friday, January 19, 2018

A forum on gun safety reform will take place at Saratoga's Westhope Presbyterian Church Jan. 20, featuring Assembly members Evan Low and Marc Berman, along with Rev. Erik Swanson and Saratoga Vice Mayor Manny Cappello.

Friday, January 19, 2018

(Sacramento) Assemblymember Evan Low (D-San Jose) had a strong 2017. His accomplishments included major housing legislation bringing much needed relief to California; requiring schools to collect data to show ways that discrimination can be lessened for LBGQT students; and he spearheaded efforts to bring justice to survivors of sexual assault. Assemblymember Low had 17 of his 27 bills signed by the Governor. At home, highlights of the year included hosting six community coffees and conducting bystander intervention training to show constituents how to combat hate crimes.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Trump Administration’s announcement that it will allow health care workers to deny medical treatment based on their personal beliefs is an attack on women and the LGBT community. Religious freedom is not a license to discriminate. California LGBT Caucus Chair Evan Low joined with Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, Chair of the Women’s Caucus, to discuss. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO—Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) introduced a resolution calling for Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice to respect California’s cannabis laws and condemning Jeff Sessions for diverting scarce public safety resources away from legitimate public safety concerns. Assemblymember Evan Low chairs the Assembly Business and Professions Committee, which oversees the licensing and regulation of cannabis in the state.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Assemblymember Evan Low (D-San Jose), Chair of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus joined other legislative Caucus Chairs in urging Congress to vote on a clean DACA measure now. “We know that tech companies and tech executives have all spoken in support of this program,” Low said. “In fact, the Williams Institute indicates there are close to 75,000 LGBT individuals in the DACA program. The LGBT community knows the importance of a society that is inclusive, not exclusive” Watch Assemblymember Low’s statement in this Assembly Access video.  http://www.asmdc.org/low

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Looking to combat the opioid abuse epidemic, a Silicon Valley legislator has introduced a slate of bills meant to clamp down on access to highly addictive prescription drugs.

Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell) authored three measures meant to provide a better understanding of patients’ access to these medications, building on an existing state database tracking prescriptions in California.

“I don’t think there’s enough attention at the issue at hand, which is the system is not working,” Low said.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Evan Low (D-San Jose) has introduced a package of legislation to fight the opioid crisis roaring through California and the Nation. “The Opioid Crisis has destroyed lives and devastated families. In 2016 alone, families in our State lost nearly 2,000 loved ones to opioids,” Low said. The three bills in the package target multiple stages in the crisis: The first bill connects California’s prescription drug monitoring database, known as cures, with other states.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

SACRAMENTO—Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) introduced a three-bill package of legislation today to fight the opioid crisis by addressing the overprescribing, diversion, and abuse of prescription drugs like opioids. AB 1751 creates a framework for connecting California’s prescription drug monitoring program (CURES) with other state databases; AB 1752 adds new drugs to the drug monitoring database and requires more real-time reporting of new prescriptions; and AB 1753 helps law enforcement combat fraudulently obtained prescription pads.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

California’s housing crisis was Sacramento’s major focus in 2017. While housing affordability will remain a serious challenge for the state in 2018 and beyond, the state Legislature’s actions this year made it clear that this issue has our leaders’ full attention at last.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

SACRAMENTO — Advocates and lawmakers who have pushed to end California’s backlog of untested rape kits say they are hoping the national attention to sexual harassment and assault will drive efforts to pass much-needed reforms in the state.

And, entering the New Year, they are focusing on one area in particular: California has no idea how many rape kits are sitting on shelves in police evidence or hospital storage rooms.

“We want that changed,” said Ilse Knecht, director of policy and advocacy for the Joyful Heart Foundation, a national group pushing to end backlogs.