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League of Cities Honors Assemblyman Ken Cooley as Legislator of the Year
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League of Cities Honors Assemblyman Ken Cooley as Legislator of the Year

League of California Cities Honors Assemblyman Ken Cooley as  
Legislator of the Year

Assemblyman Recognized for His Leadership in Passing Regulatory Framework for Medical Marijuana that Protects Local Control, Public Safety and Patient Access

SAN JOSE – Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) was honored as Legislator of the Year by the League of California Cities today during the organization’s 2015 Annual Conference and Expo in San Jose. The top honor was given to Assemblyman Cooley for his leadership in passing the League-supported Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act.

Assemblyman Cooley, a former League First Vice President and Rancho Cordova Mayor and Council Member, agreed in late 2014 to author AB 266, the League and California Police Chiefs Association’s sponsored medical marijuana regulatory framework legislation. AB 266 ultimately became a package of bills authored by Assemblymembers Ken Cooley, Rob Bonta, Jim Wood, Tom Lackey and Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr. and Senator Mike McGuire. This package is known as the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act and is on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk awaiting action.

“I’m honored to be named League of Cities’ Legislator of the Year. When I agreed a year ago to author the League’s medical marijuana bill, my aim was not simply to support strong local control. I also felt that I could help bring this issue to a successful end after its repeated failures and such a breakthrough would strengthen the institution for future challenges,” said Assemblyman Cooley. “With the support of the League of California Cities we were able to meet both of those goals this year and I am so very proud of what we have accomplished,” Cooley added.

League President and Scotts Valley Council Member Stephany Aguilar served on the League’s Board of Directors with Assemblyman Cooley and presented the award to her former colleague. “I am honored to recognize Ken for his vision and leadership in crafting such a solid framework for medical marijuana. His work on this critical issue was instrumental in ensuring that the framework contains strong provisions that protect the public, local control, and patient safety and access.”

Steering AB 266 through the various committees of the Assembly with energy and vision, Assemblyman Cooley played a significant role in the drafting and amending of this legislation to ensure it retained the strong local control and public safety provisions that were absolutely imperative for the League’s and California Police Chiefs Association’s continued support.

Assemblyman Ken Cooley represents the 8th Assembly District which includes the communities of Arden-Arcade, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, Rancho Murieta, Rosemont, Wilton and other portions of unincorporated Sacramento County.   For more information, please visit http://asmdc.org/members/a08/

 

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