Legislature Approves UC Audit

(Sacramento) –The University of California will be the subject of an audit later this summer, as put forth by Assemblymember Mike Gipson (D-Carson), Chair of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC). The audit which will focus on the UC’s budget process, nonresident student enrollment, and executive compensation was approved by the committee today by a unanimous, bi-partisan 12-0 vote.

Assemblymember Gipson Leads Effort to Oppose Controversial Monument in Carson

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Mike Gipson (D-Carson), members of the California Armenian Legislative Caucus – consisting of Assemblymember Nazarian, Assemblymember Achadjian, and Assemblymember Wilk – and Assemblymember Gatto led a successful effort to oppose construction of a controversial monument of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk being considered by the Carson City Council last night.

Bill to Restore Local Authority to Community College

(Sacramento) –Assemblymember Mike Gipson (D-Carson) introduced legislation intending to help reinstate local governing authority to the Compton Community College. Assembly Bill (AB) 986 will provide a potential legislative solution to the ongoing attempts to restore control of the college to the district.

“I made a promise to the members of my community that I would do whatever I can to put Compton Community College back in the hands of local authority,” states Gipson. “AB 986 is part of keeping that commitment to the citizens of my district.”

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.