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.

Assemblymembers Ting and Gomez Introduce Gun Liability Insurance Bill

Second measure will provide tax credit for guns turned in to buyback programs

Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D – San Francisco) and Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D – Los Angeles) introduced legislation, AB 231,* today that will require gun owners to purchase liability insurance to cover the cost of damage that may be caused by the weapon.

“The government requires insurance as a condition of operating a car – at the very least we should impose a similar requirement for owning a firearm,” Ting said.  “The cost to society of destruction by guns is currently being born collectively by all of us, and not by those who, either through carelessness or malice, cause the destruction.  It is time to change that equation so that those who cause the harm pay the costs.”

Ting Proposes Financial Incentives for Electric Vehicles and Plug-in Hybrids

Exemption from sales tax and vehicle license fee, free parking at State lots sought

Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D – San Francisco) introduced legislation today,

AB 220,* intended to provide an exemption from the state sales tax and vehicle license fee for the purchase of Electric Vehicles (EVs) and plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs).

“Widespread use of clean vehicles is absolutely key to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but we need to do more to motivate the public to purchase them,” Ting said.  “Financial incentives are the proven best way to steer consumers to choose clean cars,” he added.

City College of San Francisco Encouraging Enrollment Despite Accreditation Flap

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – City College of San Francisco stakeholders joined in solidarity Thursday to call on students to continue enrolling at the school despite accreditation concerns that could lead to its closure.

State Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, convened the meeting with representatives from the school’s administration, faculty, students and other groups associated with City College, which is facing a looming deadline set by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.