Californians will soon be able to sue gun manufacturers if they experience harm from their products, under a law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday. Assembly Bill 1594 specifically authorizes individuals, the California attorney general or city or county attorneys to bring civil actions against firearms manufacturers “for an act or omission in violation of the firearm industry standard of conduct,” according to the legislative digest write-up of the bill. The law goes into effect July 1, 2023.
In a move to hold firearms manufacturers and retailers more accountable in California, Governor Newsom signed AB 1594 by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco). The bill empowers residents, the state Attorney General, and local governments to sue the gun industry for the harm their products cause when they don’t follow our state’s strict gun laws. The threat of civil litigation aims to push the gun industry to be more responsible and improve their practices.
Many Californians will receive a tax refund payment of up to $1,050 to offset inflation and the rising cost of products in the U.S., thanks to funding in this year's state budget.
Payments will vary from $200 to $1,050 depending on your income and tax filing status.
Assemblymember Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, and others active in addressing hate against the Asian and Pacific Islander community on Wednesday celebrated a victory after $30.3 million was approved for distribution by the California Department of Social Services to local nonprofits.
The money, to be distributed in grants to organizations that are providing services to victims and strengthening violence prevention programs, is part of the $166.5 million Asian and Pacific Islander Equity budget that was passed in California last year.
Recent data shows an alarming rise in hate crimes across California.
Millions of dollars in grants are now being distributed to community organizations in hopes of changing that trend, especially in the Asian American community.
Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) announced grants for about a dozen recipients around the state.
Assemblymember Budget Committee Chair Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), the Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs and community groups today celebrated the distribution of $30.3 million in Stop AAPI Hate grants to combat the rising number of attacks targeting this community. The Transformative Grants represent the second round of funding, as part of last year’s historic $166.5 million API Equity Budget dedicated to providing resources and services to victims, while also strengthening violence prevention programs. The first round, totaling $14.2 million, was allocated last Spring.
California lawmakers on Wednesday approved a nearly $308 billion spending plan that includes money to cover abortions for women who can’t afford them and the health care costs for low-income adults living in the country illegally while sending cash payments to most taxpayers to help offset record-high gas prices.
... “We did tax refunds because we value dollars in your bank account versus pennies at the pump,” said Assemblymember Phil Ting, a Democrat and chair of the Assembly Budget Committee.
Assembly Budget Chair Phil Ting confirmed on Twitter that the Assembly has passed the 2022-23 state budget on Wednesday night.
Ting said on Twitter, “Proud of the #CaBudget we passed tonight. Real relief for most Californians and big investments in education, infrastructure, safety net programs and more - all while maintaining a healthy reserve.”
Additionally, Ting and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon released a statement about the passing of the state budget.
SACRAMENTO –Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) and Assembly Budget Chair Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) released the following statement today following the Assembly’s passage of the 2022-23 state budget:
“Once again, we are proud of what we have accomplished with the budget and how we got there. The journey involved examining our beliefs about what California should be, then making them a reality.
Sacramento – Just days after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing concealed weapons at most places, the California State Legislature sent AB 1594 by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) to the Governor after today’s approval from the State Senate. The bill empowers California residents, the state Attorney General, and local governments to sue firearm manufacturers and retailers for the harm their products cause when they don’t follow the state’s strict gun laws. The threat of civil litigation aims to push the gun industry to be more responsible and improve their practices. There have been at least 278 mass shootings in the United States this year through mid-June, according to the Gun Violence Archive.