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January 26, 2011

Imagine you're a large, successful Texas-based corporation and although you have no employees in California, your biggest consumer market, you discover in the fine print of California's tax rules that in spite of our historic unemployment and colossal debt, you'll get a special tax break so long as you don't invest in the state or create jobs here. The Giants may have beaten the Texas Rangers in the World Series, but it's the Texans who are laughing all the way to the bank.

January 14, 2011

Senator Kevin de León Announces Plan to Kill the Loophole

(Sacramento, CA) Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) today released a report by the Legislative Analyst Office (LAO) showing that a new tax law taking effect this year rewards corporations for locating jobs out of California and even provides a tax break to California employers who ship jobs out-of-state.

January 14, 2011

Volunteerism Our Greatest Human Resource

(Los Angeles, CA) - On Monday, January 17, 2011 Senator Kevin de León joins all of America in marking the 25th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday.  This milestone is a perfect opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King’s legacy through a national day of service, "day on, not a day off." 

January 13, 2011

Photo Credit: Hector Amezcua, Sacramento Bee

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado share a smile and some kind words after Gavin Newsom was sworn in to the office on the Senate chambers on Monday, January 10, 2011 as Sen. Kevin De Leon joins in.
Photo Credit: Hector Amezcua, Sacramento Bee

January 10, 2011

Serious Solutions Needed for Serious Challenges

(Sacramento, CA)  Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) today issued the following statement in response to the Governor’s budget proposal:

“No one is immune from the tough choices that must be made. As we tackle the budget, I encourage all sides to ensure their rhetoric creates solutions and not enemies.”

July 01, 2010

Assembly Joint Resolution 37 and 15, authored by Assemblymember Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), were approved by the Assembly Floor with a 45-17 (AJR 37) and 44-24 (AJR 15) party line vote and will now be transmitted to the United States Congress and President Barack Obama. 

AJR 37 urges the President of the United States and Congress to take a comprehensive and workable approach to solving our nation’s broken immigration system by creating a path to citizenship for the millions of immigrants working and living in the United States. 

April 29, 2010

On the heels of Presdient Obama’s statement today that there may not be an “appetite to tackle immigration this year” the Assembly passed Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 37 by Assemblymember Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) by a partisan vote of 43 to 21.  The measure urges the President and Congress to take immediate action to develop a comprehensive and workable approach to improving the nation’s immigration system.

March 25, 2010

One week after the non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office ripped a taxpayer funded report by faculty members at Sacramento State University, Assemblymember Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) who requested the report, introduced legislation to prohibit any future state contracts with public or private universities or their faculty for research that isn’t subject to minimum academic standards including peer review.  Earlier this week, De León also wrote the president of Sacramento State University informing him that he will oppose any future state contracts for research with Sacramento State until the university adopts academic standards such as peer review to ensure that taxpayers aren’t being bilked for junk science. 

March 23, 2010

Assemblymember Kevin de León (D- Los Angeles), author of AB 962, testified in the Assembly Public Safety committee today against AB 1663, a bill sponsored by the National Rifle Association (NRA) to repeal AB 962.  Assembly Bill 1663 would have repealed requirements established by AB 962 to provide a thumb print, show identification by customers when purchasing ammunition, require face-to-face transactions, and store ammunition in a secure manner.

March 18, 2010

Assemblymember Kevin de León, Chair of the Assembly Appropriations Committee, today released an analysis by the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) on the validity of the Varshney studies by Sanjay Varshney, Dean of Sacramento State College of Business Administration, that claim extraordinary costs associated with the implementation of AB 32, California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act and state regulations.  Proponents of an initiative to repeal AB 32 frequently cite this study ( and, in fact, reference its findings in the initiative itself which is currently being circulated for voter signatures.