Assembly Scott Wilk

Lackey/Wilk Highway Memorial honoring Senator Sharon Runner wins final approval

Scott Wilk Assemblyman Scott Wilk

Sacramento –Today, Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, and Assemblyman Tom Lackey, R- Palmdale, presented Assembly Concurrent Resolution 138, which would name a portion of State Highway Route 14 as the Senator Sharon Runner Memorial Highway. ACR 138 unanimously passed the Assembly. “I feel blessed to have known Sharon as both a mentor and friend. Her love of California and compassion towards others is what made her an exceptional and well-respected leader,” Wilk said. “Sharon was truly selfless and always put others above herself. There was no better wife, mother, grandmother, friend or mentor. Sharon’s legacy lives on through the lives she touched.” Sharon Runner was a lifelong resident of Lancaster who served in the California State Assembly from 2002 until 2008, as well as the …

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Wilk bill to permit beauty salons to offer an alcoholic beverage heads to governor

Scott Wilk Assemblyman Scott Wilk

SACRAMENTO –Today, Assemblyman Scott Wilk’s, R-Santa Clarita, Assembly Bill 1322 passed its final vote in the Legislature. AB 1322 would add beauty salons and barbershops to the list of businesses allowed to serve an alcoholic beverage without a license or a permit to clients ages 21 and over, provided no extra fees are charged for the beverage. “Going to the barber or the beauty salon is an experience. It is not uncommon for a customer to be offered a glass of wine or a beer,” Wilk said. “These businesses—many of whom are small, mom-and-pop shops—want to make sure their customers thoroughly enjoy their visit. AB 1322 limits the offering to one beverage to ensure the safety of both the patron and other customers.” Many beauty …

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Wilk bill to study odorants used in natural gas storage passes Senate Committee

Scott Wilk Assemblyman Scott Wilk

SACRAMENTO –Today, Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, presented Assembly Bill 1904, which would mandate the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) to submit a report assessing the potential dangers caused by odorants to public health and the environment, as well as identify any possible alternatives. The measure passed the Senate Environmental Quality Committee unanimously. “During the Aliso Canyon gas leak, many of my constituents reported experiencing adverse health effects such as headaches, nose bleeds, and nausea that are presumed to have been caused by odorants,” said Wilk. “Odorants are a necessary tool in the safe storage of natural gas because they allow for detection of a gas leak. However, we want to ensure we are protecting members of the public by looking into the …

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Wilk/Lackey call on governor to issue State Declaration of Disaster for Sand Fire

Scott Wilk Assemblyman Scott Wilk

SACRAMENTO –Today, Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, along with Assemblyman Tom Lackey, R-Palmdale, submitted a letter to Governor Jerry Brown urging a State Declaration of Disaster in response to the recent Sand Fire in the Santa Clarita Valley. “The Sand Fire has proven to be a force of destruction,” Wilk said. “I urge the governor to declare a state of disaster during this time of crisis. It is vital we do everything possible to safeguard the community’s well-being and prevent worsening conditions. I commend our brave men and women fighting the flames on the frontlines, as well as those providing aid and assistance.” On July 22, 2016, the Sand Fire began around 2:10 p.m. along the northbound Highway 14 at Soledad Canyon Road in Santa …

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Transparency to the state Capitol

Scott Wilk Assemblyman Scott Wilk

Although California is known for its sunshine, its Legislature fails to live up to the reputation when it comes to having a transparent legislative process. Sacramento has been hijacked by political elites and special interests. Their governing model is an outdated, industrial-aged, top-down, command-and-control government in which they pick the winners and losers in the marketplace. And by the way, the special interests always win. The fact is too many deals are cut behind closed doors, and the processes articulated in California’s Constitution are not followed. We will not get better government until more light is shined on the legislative process, which will force political elites to engage in a more public and transparent process. I am not alone in that assessment. The non-profit, non-partisan …

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Assemblyman Wilk Issues Statement on Passing of Senator Sharon Runner

Scott Wilk Assemblyman Scott Wilk

SANTA CLARITA – Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, issued the following statement on the passing of Senator Sharon Runner: “I am deeply saddened by the passing of my friend and mentor Senator Sharon Runner.  She inspired all who knew her as she walked out her faith every day.  Sharon is the model of true servant leadership and we should all aspire to be as good a person as she was. Vanessa and I are praying for Sharon’s family and her many friends and supporters. We take comfort knowing that she is now with her Lord and Savior. Her legacy as a wife, mother and government leader on this Earth is secure.  Sharon’s impact as a person and a policymaker will be felt by our children …

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Wilk’s Women Safety & Self-Defense Workshop a Success

Scott Wilk Assemblyman Scott Wilk

SANTA CLARITA – Last night, Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, partnered with Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputy Brian Heischuber, the Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita, and the UFC Gym of Santa Clarita to host a free Women’s Safety and Self-Defense Workshop. “Abuse and domestic violence is a big problem in our society and something I am dedicated to making a difference as I have a daughter and wife,” said Wilk. “The goal of the workshop was to empower women and make them victors, not victims. We had a tremendous turnout and the UFC Gym staff did an incredible job teaching valuable skills for real life situations. With the high volume of participants, I plan to host another workshop in the near future.” Over one …

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Wilk’s homeless veteran bill passes assembly

Scott Wilk Assemblyman Scott Wilk

SACRAMENTO –Assembly Bill 1622 that would provide funding for housing and treatment centers for our veteran population who struggle with homelessness, addiction or mental illness passed off the Assembly floor. Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, is a coauthor of AB 1622. “This bill will provide veterans with critical funding designed for those who are homeless or mentally ill,” said Wilk. “Addressing the lack of resources for our homeless youth and veterans is an urgent matter and I am pleased to see a vulnerable population receive the services they deserve. Our veterans made grave sacrifices for our freedoms and it is our obligation to do all that we can to support them.” AB 1622 would provide $20 million dollars for traditional housing, shelters and treatment centers …

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Wilk Honors Jim Lentini as 38th Assembly District “Veteran of the Year”

Scott Wilk Assemblyman Scott Wilk

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R- Santa Clarita, honored Jim Lentini of Santa Clarita as the 38th Assembly District’s “Veteran of the Year” for 2016. “Without the sacrifice of Mr. Lentini and all those who serve our country, Americans would not enjoy the freedoms we value on a daily basis,” said Wilk. “Our veterans risked their lives to defend our nation and their willingness to serve commands the utmost respect. It is an honor to recognize Mr. Lentini in the State Capitol as the 38th Assembly District Veteran of the Year.” Jim Lentini is a United States Army veteran who served in Panmunjom, Korea from 1960 until being honorably discharged in 1962. Working in the Army Military Police, Jim served a tour of duty in the …

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Assembly Members Lackey and Wilk Introduce Bill to Fight Organized Crime and Protect Small Businesses

Scott Wilk Assemblyman Scott Wilk

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Members Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) and Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) today introduced legislation to protect small businesses from shoplifting syndicates that are exploiting the reduced sentences enacted by Proposition 47. The reforms in Assembly Bill 2287 would allow prosecutors to use conspiracy laws to go after organized shoplifters, and charge individual thieves with felonies if they steal more than $950 in a six month period. “Voters’ hearts were in the right place when they approved Prop. 47,” said Lackey. “But criminal syndicates are taking advantage of a loophole it created. By cracking down on organized shoplifting rings, these reforms will protect small businesses that can’t afford to be victimized.” When Prop. 47 reduced certain non-violent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, career criminals quickly …