Press Releases

Friday, October 11, 2019

AB 203 establishes valley fever awareness and prevention training for workers

SACRAMENTO – Last evening, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law legislation authored by Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) to strengthen protections from valley fever and to improve education among workers in endemic areas. Specifically, Assembly Bill (AB) 203 requires construction employers in highly endemic counties to provide effective valley fever awareness and prevention training to employees.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Assemblymember Salas Increases Accountability for State IT Projects

Governor signs AB 971 which requires departments to conduct post evaluations on contractors


SACRAMENTO – Last week, Assembly Bill (AB) 971, authored by Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield), was signed into law. This bill will improve the state’s ability to evaluate IT projects and hold contractors accountable for factors including cost overruns and delays. Specifically, this bill requires state departments that contract for Information Technology (IT) services to conduct post evaluations for each major contract totaling $500,000 or more.


Monday, September 23, 2019


AB 1257 expands sales tax exemption for disabled veterans to modify a vehicle

SACRAMENTO – Late Friday, it was announced that the governor signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 1257, authored by Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield), which expands the sales and use tax exemption for disabled veterans when they purchase adaptive automotive equipment to allow people living with a physical disability to safely operate a vehicle, such as installing a platform wheelchair lift.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019


Assemblymember Salas’s Public Safety Bill Becomes Law


SACRAMENTO – Last week, Assembly Bill (AB) 1294, authored by Assemblymember Salas, was signed into law. This bill strengthens the ability of local law enforcement agencies and the California Department of Justice (DOJ) to go after the bank accounts of international gangs and organized criminals who are convicted of operating illegal gambling sites.


Monday, September 9, 2019

Assemblymember Salas's Voter Integrity Bills Signed into Law

Legislature passes AB 17 & AB 299 with bipartisan support


SACRAMENTO – Last week, the Governor signed Assemblymember Salas’s voter integrity bills into law. Assembly Bill (AB) 17 and Assembly Bill (AB) 299, authored by Assemblymember Salas, increases protection for workers against voter intimidation from employers and streamlines communication between county election officials and the Secretary of State to provide voters with the most up-to-date information about an election.


Thursday, September 5, 2019


Salas’s Legislation to Aid Seniors and Improve Air Quality Heads to Governor

AB 970 would provide clean transportation for seniors to health appointments


SACRAMENTO – Today, Assembly Bill (AB) 970, authored by Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield), passed the Legislature with bipartisan support and heads to the Governor’s office for final consideration. AB 970 would establish a grant program to provide transportation to and from health care appointments for seniors and persons living with a disability by utilizing zero-emission and near-zero emission vehicles. The bill also requires the Department of Aging to hold a public workshop focused on addressing the transportation needs of seniors and those living with a disability.


Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Salas’s Audit Request to Address Youth Suicide Approved

State Auditor will assess ways to improve schools’ suicide prevention efforts


SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield), chair of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, presented an audit request before the committee regarding suicide prevention for young people.  The committee unanimously approved this audit that will identify local education agencies and charter schools’ best practices for suicide prevention plans as well as looking at the role of the California Department of Public Health in addressing this issue.