Tax Exemption Proposed for Terminally Ill Patients Medicinal Marijuana

(Sacramento) – Today, Assemblymember Mike Gipson (D-Carson) introduced legislation to extend the sales and use tax exemption for medicines to include medical marijuana prescribed for terminally ill patients. Sponsored by the Chairman of the Board of Equalization (BOE), Jerome Horton, Assembly Bill (AB) 821 creates a process for qualified patients to receive an exemption certificate for their purchases of medical marijuana.

“Our culture has come a long way in understanding and applying the medicinal uses of marijuana,” states Gipson. “If current practice is that medicine should not be taxed for patient treatment, then it is only fair that we apply this standard across the board.”

Oversight Hearing Calls for Audit of UC Budget

(Sacramento) – Today, the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC), under the chairmanship of Assemblymember Mike Gipson (D-Carson), conducted a joint oversight hearing with the Assembly Higher Education Committee regarding the University of California’s budget process. The hearing was in response to ongoing issues stemming from a 2011 State Audit of the UC budget system.

“The UC system is world-renowned among institutions of higher learning, and is something that all Californians are proud of and benefit from,” states Gipson. “However, when questions arise about inequity amongst our student population, and there arise concerns regarding a lack of accountability and transparency, it is the job of the Legislature to get answers.”

Union Rally

Members, their families, and friends came out in support of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union—numbering in the thousands—for a rally in San Pedro Thursday night.  KABC'S Tom Perumean (PER-roo-mee-in) was there. 

Gipson Takes Oath as Newest Assemblymember for 64th District

Education, public safety to be top Assembly priorities

(SACRAMENTO) -  Mike Gipson (D-Carson) was sworn in as the Assemblymember for the 64th Assembly District. The ceremony took place in the Assembly Chamber of the State Capitol.

“There is much work to be done,” said Gipson. “I am incredibly honored that my constituents have placed their trust in me to take action on their behalf.”

Immediately prior to his election to the Assembly, Gipson served as Vice-President of the Advisory Board for the State Public Utilities Commission and as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Positive Imagery Foundation, Inc.

In addition to serving as an advocate for public school teachers with United Teachers Los Angeles, he is also the former Chairman of the California Contract Cities’ Legislative Committee.

District 64 includes the communities of Carson, Compton, Gardena, Harbor Gateway, Lynwood, North Long Beach, Rancho Dominguez, South Los Angeles, Torrance, Watts/Willowbrook and Wilmington.

The oath of office was administered by California Supreme Court Associate Justice Goodwin Liu.