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Governor signs two Berman bills that target greater gun safety - Palo Alto Online

New legislation would expand DOJ's power to conduct inspections, require dealers to distribute information about gun risks


Seeking to strengthen California's gun laws, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed, on Sept. 26, a pair of bills authored by Assembly member Marc Berman, D-Menlo Park. The bills empower the Department of Justice to conduct firearm inspection and also require firearm sellers to provide information about the risks of gun ownership.

The bills were Berman's response to the January shooting in Half Moon Bay, which claimed the lives of seven people. Berman, who is a founding member of the Legislature's Gun Violence Working Group, said, "The incident rocked (his) district."

Legislature Passes Bill to Crack Down on Hotel Junk Fees

SACRAMENTO – Today the Legislature passed Assemblymember Marc Berman’s (D-Menlo Park) AB 537 with strong bipartisan support. If signed by the Governor, the bill will crack down on hidden fees – what President Biden termed “junk fees” – by requiring that mandatory hotel and resort fees be disclosed in the advertised, offered, and displayed room rates.

Berman Bill to Bust the Myths of Gun Ownership Passes Legislature

SACRAMENTO – Today the Legislature passed AB 1598, which will ensure that potential firearm purchasers are made aware of the risks of owning and bringing a firearm into the home, as well as learn about California’s life-saving firearm laws.

Berman Bill to Teach Media Literacy in Every Grade Passes Legislature

SACRAMENTO – Today the Senate passed AB 873 with bipartisan support, highlighting the urgency of young people’s growing reliance on the internet and social media to consume news. If signed, AB 873 would integrate media literacy instruction into the core subjects that all students learn from kindergarten through 12th grade in California.

Berman Champions State Funding for Farmworker Housing on the Coastside

SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park) secured $2.5 million in the 2023-24 state budget for two affordable farmworker housing projects on the San Mateo County Coast. The funding includes $1.25 million for the City of Half Moon Bay and $1.25 million for San Mateo County for separate farmworker housing projects.