Assemblyman Cameron Smyth recognized

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The Humane Society of the United States has named Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, as its Humane California Legislator of the Year. Smyth was recognized at an event in Los Angeles on Thursday. Earlier this year, Smyth introduced Assembly Bill 233, which would have provided a tax deduction for the fees associated with adopting a pet from an animal shelter. He also introduced a resolution to declare Feb. 24, 2009 as Spay Day USA 2009 and encouraged, but did not require, pet owners to have their pets spayed or neutered. “I had the opportunity to work closely with the Humane Society as the author of the Spay Day USA resolution, as well as on my bill to alleviate rising cost pressures on local animal shelters …

Tax credit will create local jobs

Cameron Smyth Commentary, Right Here Right Now

Throughout my time in the Legislature, I have worked closely with my colleagues – both Republicans and Democrats – in an effort to stem the flow of runaway film production that takes so many jobs out of our community. Year after year we continually met roadblocks, but through continued hard work and persistence, we were able to work with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to include a substantial film-production tax credit in this year’s state budget. The package we passed this week makes available $100 million in annual tax credits for movies and new television series in which at least 75 percent of the production takes place in California. Production companies would be eligible to receive a tax credit for up to 25 percent of their qualified …

Smyth authors legislation to add Elsmere Canyon to Rim of the Valley Trail

Cameron Smyth Press Release

SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, introduced Assembly Bill 110 Tuesday, and the proposed legislation would allow the owner of Elsmere Canyon in Los Angeles to explore the possibility of adding it to the Rim of the Valley Trail. “I’m excited that AB 110 would afford people greater access to parks, trails and wildlife,” Smyth said. “Expanding the Rim of the Valley Trail is an important step in creating more outdoor recreational opportunities for our community.” In 1999, Whitney Canyon was added to the Rim of the Valley Trail by Assemblyman George Runner’s AB 339. Elsmere Canyon was left out of that bill to allow for the possibility of building a landfill. Since then, ownership has changed, and a landfill is no longer planned. …

Governor signs bill to improve disability access

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California Governor Arnold Schwarzeneggar has signed SB 1608, authored by Senator George Runner (R-Lancaster) and Assemblyman Cameron Smyth (R-Santa Clarita), concluding a two-year bi-partisan effort to improve accessibility for Californians with disabilities and reduce businesses’ exposure to expensive litigation over access violations. SB 1608 “is a comprehensive and balanced measure that protects important civil rights and assists businesses in complying with access laws,” Runner said in a joint statement. “SB 1608 takes a huge step forward in making California more proactive in supporting broader access compliance so that businesses can open their doors without fearing expensive lawsuits, and people with disabilities can have greater confidence that their mobility will not be challenged by unnecessary barriers,” Smyth said in the statement. SB 1608 is “the true …

Mayor Mulling Run at Assembly

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Josh Premako Santa Clarita Mayor Cameron Smyth has filed a statement of intention to run for the 38th Assembly District being vacated by Keith Richman, who is running for state treasurer. “For me, I’m still in the exploratory phase,” Smyth said Tuesday. The Assembly district takes in portions of Los Angeles, Simi Valley and Glendale, as well as Santa Clarita. Smyth said that after spending five years on the Santa Clarita City Council, he is ready for a change. “It’s certainly something I want to consider,” he said. He said the statement of intention is only the first step in fund-raising for the June 2006 primary elections. Prior to declaring candidacy, interested parties must file several forms through the secretary of state’s office in Sacramento …