Press Releases

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Assemblymember Salas Answers Health Officials Call to Donate Blood


BAKERSFIELD, CA – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield), answered the call of local and nationwide health organizations to donate blood. As the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to evolve, blood donation appointments have been cancelled, creating a severe shortage of donated blood, which could jeopardize the lives of thousands of hospital patients in California.


Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Salas Leads Oversight Hearing to Address Childhood Lead Poisoning


Sacramento, CA – Yesterday, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield), chair of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, joined members of the Committee to address the failures by the state health departments to protect millions of children from being exposed to lead.


Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Assemblymember Salas Expands Job Opportunities for Military Spouses


SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 2549, which will expedite the process of relicensing certain jobs for military spouses. This legislation will expand the job opportunities that military spouses qualify for and ease the burdens placed on families serving our nation.


Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Valley Receives Historic Investment for New Community Parks & Improvements


SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) applauds the California State Parks award of over $13 million in new grants to create parks in the Central Valley. Specifically, the cities of Bakersfield, Delano, Shafter, Avenal, and Corcoran will all be receiving investments to build new parks.


Tuesday, February 25, 2020

California Leads the Nation in Strengthening Biosecurity with New Legislation


SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) introduced Assembly Bill 1966 (AB 1966) which would task the California State Department of Public Health (CDPH) with developing public safety screening guidelines for Gene Synthesis companies operating in California. Gene synthesis is the process of designing and synthesizing sequences of DNA. Scientists have shown that it is possible to construct deadly diseases like Ebola by using bits of DNA that can be ordered online from gene synthesis companies throughout the world. Currently, there are no requirements that companies screen their customers or the orders of DNA that they request.


Monday, February 24, 2020

New Bill Strengthens School Cybersecurity & Protects Children’s Privacy


SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) introduced Assembly Bill 2326 (AB 2326) which will strengthen cybersecurity protocols at local schools by increasing coordination between the state and school districts while establishing best practices to respond to incidents in the future.


Wednesday, February 19, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Following Governor Gavin Newsom's State of the State Address this morning, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) released the following statement:


“In the State of the State address, the Governor highlighted issues of clean water, affordable housing, and homelessness. I am pleased the Governor has committed to ensuring clean drinking water is available to all communities in the Valley, particularly in areas that have historically been left behind. I also applaud the Administration’s efforts to cut red tape to build more affordable housing and increase accountability and transparency with the state’s investments. I look forward to continuing our work on behalf of families in the Central Valley.