Press Releases

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Public Safety Dispatchers Recognized as First Responders in New Legislation

 

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) joined a group of public safety dispatchers from across the state for a press conference to celebrate Assembly Bill 1945 (AB 1945), which would recognize the brave work of public safety dispatchers by classifying them as first responders. Currently, the Federal government describes dispatchers as an “administrative” occupation. This classification does not accurately describe the work of dispatchers who undergo extensive training and whose work can mean the difference between life and death. The idea for this bill was brought to Assemblymember Salas by a local dispatcher from Kings County, Maribel Stinson, who emailed him directly suggesting the potential legislation.

 

Friday, January 17, 2020

Assemblymember Salas & Local Girl Scouts Introduce New Bill

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) was joined by Girl Scout Troop 2486 from the Central Valley to introduce AB 1951, which would provide instruction on how to properly retire the California State Flag. Emilee Carroll, a 17-year old scout from Bakersfield, emailed Assemblymember Salas asking him to author this legislation when she could not find information in California statute about correctly retiring the state flag.

 

Friday, January 10, 2020

 

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) issued the following statement in response to Governor Newsom’s proposed budget:

 

“The Governor’s proposed budget released today signals a strong path forward for California with historic investments that will help working families in the Central Valley,” said Assemblymember Salas. “I am encouraged by the funding for alleviating homelessness, building reserves, strengthening water reliability and resilience, streamlining affordable housing, recruiting more health professionals, making our communities safer, and investing in our future through student education and early childhood development."

 

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Salas Introduces Bill to Provide Accommodations to Pregnant Correctional Officers

 

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 1906 to provide reasonable working accommodations for all pregnant correctional officers to improve workplace conditions for female officers. Assemblymember Salas introduced the legislation after a former correctional office at the California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi sued the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) alleging that she was denied the opportunity to take a light-duty assignment while pregnant, and subsequently fell while responding to a fight between two inmates leading to the loss of her unborn child during her seventh month of pregnancy. Until 2015, CDCR allowed pregnant officers to work light-duty assignments.

 

Monday, January 6, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) introduced Assembly Bill 1841 (AB 1841) which would implement crucial accountability and transparency measures recommended by the State Auditor following their investigation of a district agricultural association which operates under the oversight of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). These associations hold local fairs and exhibitions and hire employees to oversee operations and ensure that certain policies are being implemented. Following whistleblower complaints, the State Auditor’s report found that an association grossly mismanaged state resources and allowed their employees to misuse resources, sometimes with the approval or participation of supervisors.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Christmas Toy Drives Hosted Throughout Kings County

 

KINGS COUNTY – Over the weekend, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) hosted the 6th annual Community Christmas Toy Drive in Kings County. A number of local community partners collaborated to help distribute gifts to hundreds of children and families to help during the holiday season.

 

Friday, December 20, 2019

Central Valley Economy Receives Boost with New Funding

FRESNO – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) was recognized by the California Central Valley Economic Development Corporation (CCVEDC) for securing $40,000 in the 2019-2020 state budget to support regional economic development efforts by the CCVEDC.