Legislative Update

2017

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, sexual assault, elder abuse, and human trafficking.

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
Would allocate $2 million to invest in programs related to Valley Fever research, require the Department of Public Health to conduct annual education and awareness outreach and establish a workgroup focused on improving timely and accurate monitoring of Valley Fever infections.

2016

More Water to the Valley
AB 935 will provide funding for an inter-connector canal expansion project to deliver water to and from the CA Aqueduct.

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Bringing Clean Energy & Jobs to the Valley
AB 2630 seeks to unlock renewable energy development and bring needed jobs to the Central and San Joaquin Valley.

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Updating California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS)
AB 2700 requires the Public Utilities Commission to update the criteria it uses to rank RPS projects to include job creation and the value of maintaining existing baseload resources, like biomass.

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Safe School Crossings on Rural Highways
AB 1115 will designate the portion of SR 184, adjacent to Sunset Middle School, as a school zone, making it safe for families to travel to and from school.  This is in direct response to several fatal accidents that have occurred at the intersection.

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Funding Veterans Service Organizations (VSO’s) and Protecting Veteran Benefits
AB 1596 will help VSO’s in their mission of assisting veterans by making $3 million in one-time funding   available to a competitive grant program to be administered by the California Department of Veterans Affairs. The implementation of competitive grants will ensure California veterans receive the benefits they have earned by virtue of their military service.

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Surface Storage to Protect Against Future Droughts
AB 1649 will increase surface storage development by requiring the Department of Water Resources, when awarding chapter 8 water bond funds, to give priority to JPAs formed to increase water surface storage projects.

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Funding for Disability Services
AB 2565 corrects a long-standing funding inequity for Independent Living Centers (ILCs), allowing them to receive the minimum state base funding. ILCs provide people with various disabilities with the services they need to live self-determined lives.

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Streamlining Transportation Projects
AB 2034 will allow Caltrans to continue to participate in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Assignment Program. This federal program allows states to streamline environmental review for transportation projects that use federal funding. This will save the state time and money while fast tracking the delivery of needed transportation improvement projects.

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Tougher Laws for Animal Abuse
AB 1951 was introduced after the FBI released a report that showed a direct link between acts of animal cruelty and violence toward others. This bill aligns California’s law with well-established data and federal actions to reduce the number of violent crimes going forward.

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