District Messages

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 restrictions, our students have had to deal with unprecedented challenges that have significantly impacted both their education and participation in special ceremonies like graduation. Though they have missed out on some of these experiences, this does not make their accomplishments any less significant, and it is important that they are celebrated. If your graduating student would like to receive a State Assembly certificate recognizing this important milestone in their lives, please visit my website at asm.ca.gov/67 and select the “Contact Me” button.…
Today we take a moment from the weekend activities to honor those who have sacrificed to make such a day possible. Memorial Day is a time to mourn and honor the brave soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our great nation and defend our freedoms. Originally known as Decoration Day, this day was set aside to recognize the immense cost paid by the country in the Civil War. Families and communities would go to cemeteries and decorate the graves of our nation’s fallen with flowers and flags. While the name has changed, the purpose and spirit have not. These countless individuals…
This week, two bills that I am proud to Co-Author passed out of the State Assembly with bipartisan support and are now on their way to the Senate; both protect the rights of crime victims.AB 939 (Cervantes) provides that in a sexual assault trial, the manner in which the victim was dressed during the offense cannot be used as evidence of consent. Victims should never be blamed or feel shame by being asked, “What were you wearing?” after bravely coming forward to report a sexual assault. This question not only suggests that the victim provoked the crime, but it also implies the perpetrator had…
The Governor has released the May Revision of his Budget Proposal, which includes a total budget of $451.7 billion, with $267.8 billion going towards a state spending plan. You can read it HERE The good news? We have a projected $75 billion surplus. The bad news? We have a projected $75 billion surplus. Having an additional $75 billion after most citizens have been bearing the brunt of a pandemic for over a year proves that the tax burden on families and workers is too high and that the government is taking too much hard-earned taxpayer money. The Governor is proposing $12 billion in direct…
Its National Charter Schools Week. All kids deserve a quality education tailored to their diverse needs and the needs of their community.   Charter schools allow parents, teachers, and community leaders to create a curriculum that empowers and challenges students to unlock their full potential while focusing on meeting the individual needs of each student through accountability, flexibility, and innovation.   Unfortunately, there is a proposal currently making its way through the legislature, AB 1316, which would impose significant and expansive burdens on Charter Schools, including fees and…
May is National Military Appreciation Month.   There is no way to pay back the sacrifices made by our veteran heroes and their families, but in Sacramento, we should do all we can to ensure their commitment to our country has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated.   Here are just a few of the bills I am proud to author:  Supporting Military FamiliesAB 291: Survivor Benefit Plans (SBP) allows retired service members to allocate a portion of their retired pay to a spouse, child or other eligible beneficiary after their death. This bill will make payments made from SBP tax free in California.…
I am proud to join with my colleagues to pass bipartisan, urgency legislation that will provide significant and immediate tax breaks for our small businesses.AB 80 will allow eligible businesses to deduct expenses that were paid for using forgiven Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) funds. Business owners can already deduct these loan expenses from their federal taxes, and now they will be able to deduct them from their California state taxes as well. Without this measure, many businesses would owe taxes on the very relief sent to help them remain…
This week we commemorate the 40th anniversary of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. First established by President Reagan in 1981, this week highlights public observance and awareness of the rights of crime victims while promoting policies and programs that support these victims and help them seek peace and justice.  As a new member of the State Assembly and a sitting member of the Assembly Committee on Public Safety, it is frustrating to listen to proposals that move California further away from protecting the rights of crime victims, and instead focus on giving special treatment or even a…
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 28 people in the U.S. die in drunk-driving crashes every day — that is one person every 52 minutes and nearly 30% of all deaths on California roads. As you well know, our 67th district is all too familiar with having to cope with drunk and impaired driving fatalities. Though it is often an uphill battle, we have to do all we can to combat and prevent these tragedies from happening. That is why I have joined with my colleague Assemblymember Fong to introduce AB 863. This bill would prohibit any supervising driver…
Last year, the California Department of Justice published a report detailing the 13,929 untested rape kits in possession of Law Enforcement Agencies and the Crime Laboratory. The survivors of this heinous crime deserve justice, and the Assembly should be doing everything we can to put the perpetrators behind bars. For this reason, I am proud to co-author Assembly Bill 18 (Lackey) which would require law enforcement agencies to submit any rape kit received before 2016 to a crime lab by January 2023 and the lab to process that evidence kit no later than January 2024. We know that these kits may…