2017 Legislative Update

AB 176 – Friant-Kern Canal Funding
Last year, my bill AB 935 made the Friant-Kern Canal Restoration project eligible to be funded in order to upgrade the Central Valley’s water infrastructure.  This bill will appropriate $7 million in order to fund this needed water infrastructure project which will help us manage our fragile water supply more efficiently.

AB 188 – Expanding the Vehicle Retirement Program
During my tune-in tune-up events I learned that some families in the Central Valley are excluded from a state program that allows them to retire their light-duty trucks in favor of less emitting vehicles.  This bill will require the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to update its existing guidelines to make light-duty trucks eligible for the state’s vehicle retirement and replacement programs.  

AB 326 – Preventing Domestic Abuse
AB 326 seeks to educate salon professionals about the signs of domestic abuse or sexual assault as well as how to support and connect their clients with the help and assistance they need to move out of an abusive relationship or situation.  AB 326 would require the State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology, as part of the licensing process, to include an hour course about domestic violence and sexual assault awareness.

AB 463 – Filling the Teacher Shortage Gap
This bill seeks to address teacher shortages in underserved areas like the Central Valley by reinstating the Assumption Program of Loans for Education (APLE) Program.  This program allows teachers to have up to $11,000 of college loan debt “forgiven” if they teach four consecutive years in a qualifying school within a disadvantaged area. Teachers in math, science, and special education can receive up to $15,000 in loan forgiveness.

AB 763 -  Equity for Disability Services Funding
AB 763 restores needed funding to support those with disabilities to live, learn, and work independently.  Equally funding our state’s Independent Living Centers will improve their ability to operate and have long lasting positive impacts on the lives of those they serve.

AB 1279 – Valley Fever Research & Reporting
Valley Fever has been reported from almost every county in California but 75% of cases have been found in people who live in the Central Valley.  The responsibility for identifying and warning the public of widespread diseases falls on local public health agencies, some of which have no set reporting guidelines.  AB 1279 will invest in research and help health officials more accurately understand the disease.