Press Releases

Ting Reintroduces Proposal to Reform How Jaywalking Tickets Are Handed Out in California

San Francisco – Jaywalking is arbitrarily enforced throughout California with tickets disproportionately given to people of color and individuals of modest means. In a continued effort to seek fairness and prevent potentially escalating police stops for jaywalking, Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) reintroduced a proposal to change the way pedestrians can be cited for crossing a street outside of an intersection. AB 2147, The Freedom To Walk Act, would decriminalize jaywalking when the roadway is safe to cross.

 “Whether it’s someone’s life or the hundreds of dollars in fines, the cost is too much for a relatively minor infraction. It’s time to reconsider how we use our law enforcement resources and whether our jaywalking laws really do protect pedestrians, especially when we are trying to encourage people to get out of their cars and walk more for health and environmental reasons,” said Ting at a San Francisco press conference.

Ethnic Media Grants Now Available To Stop AAPI Hate; Due March 14

The California State Library, in partnership with the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs (CAPIAA), is pleased to announce the availability of $10 million in grant funding for ethnic media outlets and organizations, especially those that serve communities that are historically vulnerable to hate incidents and hate crimes because of their ethnic, racial, religious, gender/gender expression, sexual orientation, or other identities.

Ting Introduces New Proposal To Mandate Hate Crime Policies At All California Law Enforcement Agencies

Legislation is in response to rising hate incidents against AAPI Community

SAN FRANCISCO – To help address the increased number of hate crimes and incidents targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) introduced AB 1947, which would require all California law enforcement agencies to adopt an updated hate crimes policy. The protocols should include how authorities recognize, report and respond to hate crimes, bringing consistency to responses victims receive and the information being collected.

“Unbelievably, California does not require law enforcement agencies to have a hate crimes policy. As we see the AAPI community facing a major surge in violence and harassment solely based on their race, we must have consistent enforcement of hate crime laws and accurate data collection,” said Ting who also championed a $166 million budget package last year to help stop AAPI hate.

Ting Targets “Forever Chemicals” Used in Fabrics To Protect Consumers & Environment

Building upon California’s efforts to scale down the presence of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, Assemblymember Phil Ting (D- San Francisco) today introduced AB 1817/The Safer Clothes and Textiles Act, banning the use of these harmful chemicals in fabrics. Clothing, footwear, bedding, drapes and upholstery are some of the common everyday products treated with PFAS to repel water and stains.

“California has already enacted a series of laws to protect consumers and the environment from the hazardous impacts of PFAS, including a bill I successfully championed just last year prohibiting its use in paper-based food packaging. These efforts center on the premise that prevention is the best cure, and my bill would extend this same logic to the textile industry to reduce the harm these substances can cause,” said Ting. “There are safer alternatives manufacturers can use.”

Ting Statement on Governor’s January Budget

Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, released the statement below regarding Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2022-23 budget proposal:

“We’re a stronger state when we are all doing better. Clearly, with Omicron cases surging, we should consider taking some early budget actions to respond, including more COVID sick time. In the long term, we must continue making sure California’s strong economic recovery touches every resident. We do that by following through on the bold investments we made in last year’s budget, which are working to lift up Californians still struggling from the pandemic. I’m happy to see a number of the Governor’s priorities is aligned in the Assembly Budget Blueprint, Delivering Prosperity & Strengthening the Future, unveiled last month, including:

Ting, Ward & Gipson Announce Intent To Introduce Legislation Allowing Private Citizens To File Civil Lawsuits Against Gun Industry

In an effort to ensure California’s comprehensive gun laws are followed, Assemblymembers Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chris Ward (D-San Diego) and Mike A. Gipson (D-Carson) are spearheading AB 1594 this year.  The bill would empower local/state governments and Californians to sue manufacturers and sellers of firearms for the harm caused by their products. The threat of civil litigation aims to compel the gun industry to take every step possible to prevent illegal sales and theft to reduce gun violence.

“We must make our communities safer. Almost every industry in the United States can be held liable for what their products do, but the gun industry is not held to the same standard. Financial repercussions may finally push them to be more responsible by improving their practices and adhering to California’s strict gun laws,” said Assemblymember Ting.

Ting Issues Statement Regarding the Governor’s Proposed Public Safety Investments

The following statement can be attributed to Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee:

Californians are scared and afraid to go out. That’s no way to live. We must do more to protect businesses and make our communities safer. California must collaborate and assist federal and local law enforcement agencies to address organized retail crime.

I applaud the Governor’s proposals to address the threat and reality of gun violence. I have successfully championed data and information sharing between various state agencies and the UC Davis Firearm Violence Research Center, whose cutting edge work is not only critical to understanding and curbing gun violence, but also helpful in guiding us on policy. I look forward to teaming up with the Administration and our law enforcement partners on crafting an effective strategy to stop these sophisticated shoplifting rings.

Nation’s First Recycled Content Standards For Plastic CRV Bottles Among Ting’s Bills Taking Effect January 1st

Sacramento – Sodas, bottled water and other drinks will come in more environmentally friendly packaging, starting next month. That’s when AB 793 by Assemblymembers Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) and Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) kicks in, the country’s first recycled content standards for plastic CRV drink bottles. It aims to reduce plastic pollution by creating a market for post-consumer plastics. Reusing what’s already been made also supports the state’s transition to a circular economy.

Assembly Budget Blueprint Aims to Deliver Prosperity To More Californians While Strengthening The State’s Future

California’s economic recovery from the pandemic is going strong with another budget surplus forecasted in the next year. But not every resident is reaping the benefits of this upswing. In today’s unveiling of his 2022-23 Budget Blueprint, Delivering Prosperity & Strengthening the Future, Assembly Budget Chair, Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), emphasized the priority of ensuring the state’s economic recovery is more inclusive.

“We made bold investments in last year’s budget, and many of those initiatives have yet to be completed. We must see those commitments through and make certain they are working to lift up Californians still struggling from the impacts of COVID-19. We’re a stronger state when we all are doing well,” said Ting.

In addition to expanding prosperity, the Assembly Budget Blueprint devotes one-time funds to infrastructure projects to complement federal funds and prepares the state for the years ahead.

Applications Now Open For State Grants To Address Hate Against Asians & Pacific Islanders

California organizations that have been supporting Asian/Pacific Islander (API) victims of hate or pursuing ways to prevent such incidents can now apply for a Stop The Hate grant to ensure their impactful work continues. The Department of Social Services’ Request For Applications makes $20 million available starting today. The funding is part of the historic $166.5 million API Equity Budget championed by Assembly Budget Chair Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) and the California API Legislative Caucus this year. It aims to address the alarming spike in hate crimes and incidents against the API community members, who have been wrongly blamed for the pandemic.