Don’t Ignore Science with California’s Climate Programs

Assemblyman Tom Lackey
California State Assembly, 36th District

Regardless of whether a vote is taken before the end of session on the future of California’s climate programs, the conversation taking place about what these programs should look like is a very important one. Clearly Californians place a high priority on reducing the impacts of climate change. Reflecting this, our state’s environmental policies have […]

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Closing The Prop. 47 Loophole That’s Boosting Organized Crime

Assemblyman Tom Lackey
California State Assembly, 36th District

When California voters passed Proposition 47 in 2014, they did it with good intentions. By changing non-violent crimes like theft, forgery, and drug possession from felonies to misdemeanors, voters hoped to focus corrections resources on hardened criminals, while funding crime prevention programs and rehabilitating low-level offenders. Unfortunately, the reality of Prop. 47 hasn’t lined up […]

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Shedding Light on California’s Gas Prices

Assemblyman Tom Lackey
California State Assembly, 36th District

While California drivers have been enjoying the recent drop in gas prices due to slumping global oil costs, you might be surprised to learn that only Hawaii has higher fuel prices. According to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report, the national average is currently around $1.71 per gallon while the California average is nearly 60 cents […]

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Bipartisan Medical Marijuana Reform Cause for Optimism in Capitol

Assemblyman Tom Lackey
California State Assembly, 36th District

For all of the talk of partisan gridlock in Washington and the shortcomings of America’s political system, people would do well to take notice of what is happening here in California on an issue you would hardly expect bipartisan agreement. Governor Brown recently signed a package of bills which will provide a statewide framework for […]

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California Must Restore Tools For Prosecuting Sexual Assault Crimes

Assemblyman Tom Lackey
California State Assembly, 36th District

The unfortunate nature of sexual assault crimes makes prosecuting them notoriously difficult. Too often it is the victim’s word against the accused’s. Other types of evidence tend to be ambiguous at best. When the victim has been incapacitated due to the use of date rape drugs, the challenge for obtaining a conviction becomes exponentially more […]

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