Speaker John A. Pérez, Mayor Ed Lee and Assemblymember Phil Ting Back Bill to Increase Medical Interpreters so Health Care Doesn’t Get Lost in Translation

(Sacramento) – Appearing at Northeast Medical Services in Chinatown, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles), San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, and Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) today called for enactment of the Speaker’s legislation, AB 2325, which would increase the number of medical interpreters to help ensure Californians with limited English receive the right medical treatment.

“In a state as large and diverse as California, we need to ensure that people who are seeking medical attention are able to effectively communicate their symptoms, so that doctors can correctly identify the illness or injury and take the appropriate steps to treat it,” Speaker Pérez said. “This legislation is a smart investment in health care for Californians, because the vast majority of the funds available come from the federal government, so we can improve health care outcomes and generate economic activity without significantly impacting California’s budget.”

New Bill will Boost College Financial Aid Access

Report Shows Bill could Boost Applications for State Aid by 15 Percent

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – With the deadline for college financial aid applications just days away, Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, announced new legislation that is expected to expand access to financial aid for thousands of students by helping them complete their applications.

“Education is the greatest gift we can give to our children,” said Ting. “California is providing more help than ever to help families pay for college but too many students leave aid on the table. Students who apply for aid are twice as likely to enroll in college and more likely to graduate. This simple solution will ensure more students get help getting ahead.”

Ting Convenes Capitol Summit on Economic Ties with China

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the California State Assembly Select Committee on Asia/California Trade and Investment Promotion, convened a hearing for lawmakers and business leaders to discuss economic ties between China and California.

"The Bay Area is shaping the economic relationship between California and China and these economic ties will grow even stronger with time," said Ting. "California recently opened a trade office in Shanghai and created new incentives to attract investment here at home. We must ensure that these tools are effective and consider what other state policies can create jobs by getting Chinese companies to open in California."

Ting Bill to Prevent HIV/Hepatitis through Reforming Syringe Access

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – California pharmacists keep the choice to sell sterile syringes over the counter to adults without a prescription under legislation introduced by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, in order to prevent leading causes for the transmission of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.

“The facts are clear and undisputed,” said Ting.  “Allowing adults to purchase syringes from pharmacists saves lives by preventing the spread of deadly diseases.  Doctors, nurses, and pharmacists support this policy, which is why it is the law of the land in nearly every state.  It’s time to make this a permanent part of California’s public health strategy.”

Assembly Passes Bill to Increase Safe Routes for Urban Bicyclists

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – The California State Assembly passed legislation authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, to ease the construction of protected bikeways, or cycletracks, that designate a portion of road for bike travel and separate it with grade separations, posts or other physical barriers.

AB 1193 passed with a 55-14 vote and moves to the State Senate for further review.

Ting Comments on Governor Brown’s State of the State Speech

(SACRAMENTO, CA) - Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement about Governor Jerry Brown’s State of the State address.

“The state of the state is a reflection of who we are as people.  It has long been defined solely by how we are faring on a balance sheet.  With our budget crisis fading from view, we must take off these blinders and remember that California is so much more.  We can never forget the lessons of fiscal prudence this crisis has taught us.  But we need another yardstick to measure our progress.  California is the home of dreamers, of innovators who change the world.  Our state of the state, therefore, is about what we are doing to keep California on top as a leader.  We must lay the groundwork for a more prosperous future for all Californians by focusing prudent investment on a brighter future.  Last year, we passed historic education reforms to direct more resources to students from low income families and English learners.  But we can’t declare victory yet.  It will take public vigilance to ensure these reforms live up to their promise of creating new opportunities for students who frequently fall through the cracks.  We must also continue to reign in prison costs, which now eclipse our spending on higher education.”

Ting to Investigate Hate Crimes, Harassment at State Colleges

(SACRAMENTO, CA) - Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) was named to the newly-created Assembly Select Committee on Campus Climate, which will investigate how state colleges respond to and prevent student harassment and hate crimes on campus. 

“I entered politics to fight for civil rights,” said Ting who once served as the Executive Director of the Asian Law Caucus, an organization founded to advance the rights of the Asian Pacific Islander community.  “Our state universities are wonderful and worth fighting for.  Every person who wants an education must be able to get one without fear.”