Students Rally in Support of Assemblymember Ting Cal Grant Legislation

Sacramento – Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D – District 19) was joined by more than 50 college students at a rally Tuesday in support of Ting's legislation, Assembly Bill 1364 (AB 1364), that will increase financial aid for students who qualify for state assistance.

The legislation will give low-income students a better chance of obtaining a college degree by increasing the amount of aid they receive under Cal Grant B stipends. The stipend pays for expenses including textbooks, class supplies and transportation. AB 1364 would increase the Cal Grant B stipend to $5900 – the level it would be if it had been adjusted for inflation since its inception in 1969. The current Cal Grant B level is only $1473.

Ting Honors Holocaust Survivor Rivka Spiegel

State Assembly Observes Holocaust Day of Remembrance

Sacramento, CA – At a ceremony today on the Assembly floor in the state Capitol, Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D – San Francisco) honored Rivka Spiegel, a resident of his San Francisco Assembly District, in commemoration of the Holocaust Day of Remembrance. This important day honors the victims and survivors of the Holocaust.

"This observance is a solemn reminder about the atrocities that were committed during the Holocaust, and the valiant struggle of those who perished and those who survived against incredible odds," Ting said.

Proposed Law Could Deliver Major Boost to Urban Agriculture in California

Bill would give property tax breaks to landowners who lease their parcels to urban farmers

Small-scale farming isn’t easy. The prices farmers receive for their goods are often low, the margins are tight, the days are long, and the chores never-ending. For farmers who don’t own their own property, land insecurity compounds financial instability. It’s tough to really dig in if you don’t know how long you can stay on the piece you’re farming.

Assemblymember Ting Announces Women of the Year 2013

San Francisco, CA – At a ceremony today in his San Francisco Office, Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D – San Francisco) honored his awardees for 2013 "Women of the Year." The honorees, Perla Ibarrientos (Daly City) and Mary Jung (San Francisco) were chosen from a select field of civic leaders residing in Ting's Assembly District, and were presented with a commemorative plaque at the event.

The first recipient is Pacific Asian American Women Bay Area Coalition Board Member and San Francisco Democratic Party Chair, Mary Jung.

Ting Introduces Legislation to Increase Aid to College Students

Assemblymember Vows to Make Education Funding a Priority as State Budget Hearings Begin This Week

Sacramento – Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D – San Francisco) announced today that he has introduced legislation, Assembly Bill 1364 (AB 1364), to increase financial aid for college students who qualify for state assistance.

The legislation will give low-income students a better chance of obtaining a college degree by increasing the amount of aid they receive under Cal Grant B stipends.  The stipend pays for expenses including textbooks, class supplies and transportation.

Ting Proposes Legislation To Provide Tax Relief For Same Sex Couples

State Assemblyman Phil Ting announced legislation today that would provide tax relief for people in same-sex relationships who receive health care benefits from their partner.

Currently, health benefits in same-sex partnerships are taxed by the federal government as income, although some California companies reimburse that tax to their employees.

Ting and Farrell announce tax equity legislation for same-sex couples

Sacramento – Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D – San Francisco) and San Francisco County Supervisor Mark Farrell announced the introduction of state legislation today, AB 362, to provide tax relief for employees who receive reimbursement from  their employer for federal taxes they paid on healthcare benefits provided to their same-sex partner and dependents.

“At the heart of this issue is a question of fairness for same-sex couples,” Ting said.  “The federal policy to tax their benefits is discriminatory, and the last thing the state of California should do is make it harder to remedy the injustice by taxing the reimbursement of these costs,” he added.

Ting Tapped to Lead Committee on Asia/California Economic Ties

Sacramento – Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D – San Francisco) was tapped to Chair a new “Select Committee on Asia/California Trade and Investment Promotion” Wednesday by Assembly Speaker John Pérez.

“I am thrilled to lead this important effort for the state Assembly,” Ting said.  “It is especially meaningful to me because it will allow me to continue to build on the China/SF work that I spearheaded as Assessor in San Francisco,” he added.

Two lawmakers would require California gun owners to buy insurance

Gun owners in California would have to buy liability insurance to cover any damage caused by their firearms under legislation proposed Tuesday by two state lawmakers.

AB 231 was introduced by Democratic Assemblymen Jimmy Gomez of Echo Park and Phil Ting of San Francisco in the wake of the killing of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.