KGO TV: Should Election Day be a California state holiday?

Should California make Election Day a state holiday? What do you think?

South Bay Assemblyman Evan Low introduced AB 21-65 in Sacramento Monday. It would make the day of general elections in November a state holiday.

"It's important that we get as much civic participation as possible and remove as many barriers to entry so we can get a fully engaged electorate," Low said.

In 2014 California saw historically low turnout -- only 42 percent of registered voters took part in the general election.

Assemblymember Low Introduces Bill to Create an Election Day Holiday

SACRAMENTO—Today Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) introduced a bill to make Election Day a holiday in California. Assembly Bill 2165 would establish a state holiday on the first Tuesday in November of each statewide or national election year. The bill is co-authored by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland).

California to Apologize for Discriminating Against LGBT People

SACRAMENTO—Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley), Chair of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus, introduced a resolution today apologizing for the state’s past discriminatory laws that oppressed and persecuted the LGBT community.

Informational Hearing: Advancing Technology to Combat the Opioid Crisis

SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley), Chair of the Assembly Business and Professions Committee, will convene an informational hearing on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 to discuss ways California can leverage technology to combat the opioid crisis.

Sac Bee: Opioid abuse in California has a new adversary

California lawmakers are opening a new front in their war on opiate abuse.

The state had 1,925 opioid-linked overdose deaths in 2016, and thousands of emergency room visits. As documented by The Sacramento Bee’s Claudia Buck last year, the number of babies born affected by drugs has nearly doubled over seven years to more than 3,630 in 2015, according to data from state public health officials.

LA Times: Californians with severe mental illness could be banned for life from owning firearms under new proposal

A state lawmaker wants to mandate a lifetime ban on possessing firearms by some Californians suffering from severe mental health issues, saying it may help reduce the number of suicides.

A bill by Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell) would apply to some of those judged by the courts to be a risk to themselves and others who are approved for an involuntary 5150 hold for mental health treatment.

Currently, those people have their firearms taken away for five years, but psychiatric facilities often petition afterward for the guns to be returned, Low said.

KRON: California Assemblyman Evan Low on housing

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — A Bay Area legislator says that whoever California’s next governor turns out to be, housing must stay on top of the state’s priority list.

Catherine Heenan is here with more on our exclusive interview with Assemblyman Evan Low.

Click the link below to see Catherine’s full interview.