Carmichael, Rosemont, Citrus Heights and other areas have new representation at the State Capitol as of Monday: newly elected Assembly Member Ken Cooley was sworn in as the state's 8th District representative.
"As an Assemblymember, I will continue my work representing the people of the 8th District," a press release quoted Cooley as saying. "My door is open, and I look forward to partnering actively with the community and representing them in both my capitol and district offices."
Just after his swearing-in ceremony, the Democrat introduced a bill to ensure state agencies issue the reports currently required when a regulation impacts the state by $50 million or more.
"This bill requires the Department of Finance and the Office of Administrative Law to review those regulatory impact analysis reports and report annually to the Legislature to promote state agencies’ compliance," Cooley's press release stated. "It further instructs the Office of Administrative Law to make public notice on its website of any state agency failing to issue a standardized regulatory impact report and the reason for the agency’s noncompliance creating a mechanism for accountability and transparency."
Cooley added that he hopes to use his new post to save taxpayer dollars and increase accountability.
The Sacramento Bee pointed out that of all the new state legislators, Cooley is the only person moving from the senate to the assembly.
"An attorney, he worked as a Senate aide this year before winning a Sacramento County Assembly seat," the Bee reported.
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