More Assembly departures + Lawmakers want DTC shipping extension + Kalra joins EnviroVoters board

Good morning and welcome to the A.M. Alert! MORE ASSEMBLY RETIREMENTS Make that two more Democratic departures from the Assembly . Assemblymen Jose Medina and Bill Quirk have both announced that they do not intend to seek a sixth term in office, both men having first been elected to the Assembly in 2012. Medina said in a statement that “it has been the privilege of a lifetime” to serve in elected office. “I am happy to pass the torch to our next generation of leaders. My hope, from my work with students and our young people, is that they too, are inspired to run for public office,” Medina said. Medina did not say in the statement what he plans to do next. As for Quirk, he said that his future lay in helping California meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals. “During my ten years in the Assembly, I have spent many hours being a bridge between the research community, the Legislature, and regulators. I have decided to make this my fulltime occupation,” he said in a statement. But Quirk isn’t planning on going out quietly. The assemblyman said that he intends for 2022 to be his most productive year in the Legislature, “with bills to improve California’s environmental safety, streamlining regulations particularly in the cannabis industry, improving public access to state agencies proceedings, and criminal justice reform.” That makes at least eight Democratic Assembly members who are leaving. To recap, Assemblyman Jim Frazier is resigning from office at the […]

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