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Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez Appointed Democratic Whip of Assembly No Longer JEDE Chair

Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez Appointed Democratic Whip of Assembly, and was elected Vice Chair of the Latino Legislative Caucus. Along with these changes Assemblyman Pérez will no longer serve as the chairman of the Committee on Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy, the primary committee for issues related to Enterprise Zones. That position will be taken by Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside.

According to the Imperial Valley News, however, Assemblyman Pérez is not done with the Enterprise Zone program:

Among his first actions of the 2013 session, Pérez introduced AB 28, a bill that adds accountability and transparency measures to the California Enterprise Zone program, a state program designed to attract business investment and support job creation in low-income and underserved communities. Since his election to the State Assembly in 2008 and throughout his tenure as chair of the Assembly Jobs Committee, Pérez has been a vocal advocate to protect and strengthen this economic development program.

AB 28 makes changes to the Government Code’s statement of purpose for the Enterprise Zones, increases the reporting responsibilities of HCD, enables HCD to increase voucher fees, and limits the size of future zone designations. This bill is essentially the same as last year’s AB 1411 which was held in the Senate Rules Committee.

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