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Legislature Approves Audit of VTA

SACRAMENTO - Today the Joint Legislative Audit Committee approved Assemblymember Marc Berman’s (D-Menlo Park) request to audit the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), with a focus on the areas of governance structure, project planning and management, financial viability, and fiscal oversight.

Bill would ensure all California students have access to computer science classes - EdSource

Legislation that would ensure all high school students have access to computer science courses was introduced last week by Assemblyman Marc Berman, D-Menlo Park.

“From Silicon Valley to Biotech Beach, California is the undisputed cradle of innovation. People move here from all across the globe with bold ideas and big dreams of changing the world,” Berman said. “But the reality is that far too many California students grow up in the shadows of these tech companies, yet go to schools that don’t even offer them the opportunity to learn the skills they need to one day work there.”

Berman Introduces Legislation to Protect Victims of Revenge Porn

SACRAMENTO – Last week Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park) introduced AB 1380, which will strengthen California’s laws against revenge porn. The bill closes a loophole in current law used by perpetrators to evade punishment for distributing private sexual images of another person, either photos or video, without their consent.

Silicon Valley lawmaker calls for computer science courses in all California high schools

SACRAMENTO – A lawmaker from Silicon Valley has introduced a proposal that would ensure all public high schools in California offer computer science courses, in an attempt to close the digital divide.

Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park) introduced Assembly Bill 1054, which would ensure that all of the state's public high school students have access to computer science education. If approved, California would join 27 other states that already require high schools offer the courses.

Berman to Crack Down on Surprise Hotel Fees

SACRAMENTO - Today Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park) announced the introduction of AB 537, which cracks down on hidden fees – what President Biden termed “junk fees” in his State of the Union speech last week - and requires that mandatory hotel and resort fees be disclosed in the advertised room rate.