This past month, my colleagues and I finished up a challenging 2017-2018 legislative session with landmark accomplishments. We have much to celebrate. This year, I put forth a diverse number of bills to help our community and California as a whole, and so far, 7 have been signed by the Governor and 4 are on his desk awaiting his signature!
Up to date, the Governor signed the following bills into law that I authored:
- AB 807, a bill that put an initiative on the 2018 November ballot to ask voters whether or not California should eliminate the practice of spring forward and fall back. The practice has not been examined for many years and does not yield the benefits claimed.
- AB 1798, a bill to require that all schoolbuses be equipped with seatbelts by a certain date. This will ensure that our children have safe transportation to and from school.
- AB 2022, a bill to improve access to mental health services for children by requiring all K - 12 schools to notify students and parents twice a year on how to receive mental health services.
- AB 2068, a bill to look at the feasibility of having a discounted schools-only gas and electric rate. This could result in financial savings for schools and more funding towards services for students.
- AB 2388, a bill to update existing code and ensure that children working on social media channels are protected under labor laws.
- AB 2800, a bill to require athletic coaches working in schools to take heat illness trainings.
- AB 3256, a bill to promote and encourage commercial, film, television, and movie productions, of all sizes and budget to take place in California.
I was also able to secure $10 million to support a statewide program which recruits and trains mental health professional in addition to $8.75 million for arts education.
Overall, my focus continues to be on improving the quality of life for my constituents and Californians statewide. For the district, the issues that I worked on were odor, trash on highways, mobilehome fire safety, and funding to curb the rising number of car break-ins and personal thefts. Although these issues weren’t resolved this year, I am committed to continuing the conversation and pushing for the right solutions.
My focus statewide was to ensure that Californians are living safe and healthy lives. I have long believed that early prevention and intervention is the best approach to our children's health. That’s why I am working to provide at least one mental health professional on all our school campuses. Funding will be key to achieving this and this will be one of my top priorities for next year.
It has been a busy year for my office and I am proud of what we have accomplished. I look forward to another year of serving you and as always, I welcome your feedback. Below is a list of bills that have passed the Legislature. I encourage you to contact the Governor’s office to ask him to sign them into law.
Once again, it is an honor to represent the 25th Assembly District and I am excited for the things that we will accomplish next year.
These following bills are awaiting Governor Brown’s signature. Please contact the Office of Governor Brown at (916) 445-2841 or Fax (916) 558-3160 or send an email https://govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov39mail/index.php to show your support for the bills that are important to you.
Assembly Bill 1992 - Helping CalWORKs Families Meet Immunization Requirements. Currently, families receiving CalWORKs are penalized if they can’t provide proof of immunization for children under 5 years old.
- Assembly Bill 1992 will, instead of financially penalizing families living in poverty, provide support and resources for them to access necessary vaccination.
Assembly Bill 2299 - Removing Language Barriers to Healthcare Information
- Assembly Bill 2299 will require written informing materials in English and each threshold language to be readable and culturally appropriate. This would ensure recipients understand the services and support available to them.
Assembly Bill 2501 - Helping Disadvantaged Communities Access Clean Drinking Water
- Assembly Bill 2501 will ensure that disadvantaged communities have access to clean drinking water through support from the state.
Assembly Bill 2588 - Improving Fire Preparedness in Mobilehome Communities. This bill was introduced in response to a fire in the Golden Wheel Mobile Home Park that killed three of our community members, two of whom were young children.
- Assembly Bill 2588 will improve fire notification and preparedness for residents of mobilehome and manufactured home communities by updating smoke detector standards and improving language access to critical emergency preparedness materials.
Assemblymember, 25th District