District Messages

This week will mark the end of the first half of the 2022 legislative session.   I am very pleased to announce that six bills from my legislative package have passed out of the State Assembly and are now headed to the Senate. They cover a variety of important topics, including Veteran benefits, government reform, privacy, education, victim resources, and emergency services.   AB 1633: Creates a pathway for the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems to share the contact information of student Veterans, with the student’s permission, with the California…
On Friday, the Governor released his $300 billion May Revise to the Legislature to begin the budget process.   You can read it in full HERE.   He also announced that the state has an unprecedented $97.5 billion surplus.   Yes you read that number correctly.   And yet, during the second year of the 2021-22 session, California lawmakers have considered more than $190 billion in new taxes and fees.    The state’s budget is overflowing with money. Can you say the same about your bank account?   Every day, Californians are being crushed by an affordability crisis. The average family is paying an…
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 and co-author:  Supporting Military FamiliesAB 1629: After the death of a military service member, benefits received by widows and orphans from Survivor Benefit Plans are considered a taxable income source. This bill would make the first $20,000 of payments from SBP tax-exempt…
It is my pleasure to inform you that a key piece of legislation from my government reform bill package has passed out of the State Assembly and is now headed over to the State Senate.     AB 1687 clarifies that the governor’s use of emergency powers must be related to the emergency conditions.   Current law gives the governor broad authority to suspend any regulation or statute during a State of Emergency. While it is assumed that these emergency powers are authorized for responding to the extraordinary conditions of a specific crisis, the law does not explicitly limit these powers.   This…
It was my privilege to introduce ACR 123, which establishes the week of April 24th through April 30th as Crime Victims’ Rights Week in California. This resolution raises public awareness about crime victims’ rights, protections, and services as they seek justice, and recognizes the efforts of citizens and members of the criminal justice system who offer support. The citizens of California made their voices clear when they recognized the importance of protecting victims’ rights in the State Constitution with the passage of Prop 8 in 1982, the Victim’s Bill of Rights, and then reaffirmed that…
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations (CDCR) is seeking to enact permanent regulations which would result in the early release of thousands of violent offenders and what CDCR characterizes as “nonviolent second strikers.” In late April 2021, the Corrections Department implemented an “emergency plan” that more than doubled the early release credits felons are eligible for. Inmates convicted of violent crimes could have their conduct credit rate increased from 20% to 33%, and non-violent second strikers could see an increase from 50% to 66%. With this formula, an…
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. We take this opportunity to raise public awareness about sexual assault and educate communities and individuals on the resources available to survivors. Nationwide, 81% of women and 43% of men reported experiencing some form of sexual harassment and/or assault in their lifetime. Nearly 1 in 5 women (18.3%) and 1 in 71 men (1.4%) in the United States have been raped. One in three female victims and one in four male victims of rape or attempted rape experienced it for the first time between the ages of 11 and 17. The latest 2018 National Crime…
California drivers are dealing with the highest gas prices in the country, more than $1 above the national average.   Yet today, AB 1638, a proposal to IMMEDIATELY lower the price of gas by suspending California’s 51-cent-per-gallon tax, was once again blocked by the supermajority in the Legislature using parliamentary procedure games.     They claim this effort does not guarantee lower gas prices for Californians. This simply is not true. In Maryland, a bipartisan gas tax holiday immediately brought down prices at the pump. Last Thursday, their statewide average was $4.209/gallon. The state…
California is heading into its third consecutive year of drought. Traditionally, our winter months produce half of California’s annual rainfall, but this January and February were the driest on record.  We are facing dramatically shrinking water supplies and growing threats of extreme wildfires. Farmers will once again have to make the difficult choice to leave their fields fallow, prices could increase, and there is talk of a statewide water conservation mandate. The Governor’s office has proposed spending $8.25 million “to increase outreach efforts to educate Californians on water…
Yes, you read that title correctly. Last week, we held our first Assembly Public Safety Committee meeting of the 2022 session, and needless to say, the outcome was frustrating.   I am a proud co-author of AB 1599, which seeks to repeal Proposition 47 and rein in California’s crime wave. When Prop. 47 passed in 2014, voters were told that this so-called "Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act” would provide needed criminal justice reform. In reality, it has been a disaster for public safety, taking away the tools we need to rehabilitate drug offenders and opening the door for rampant retail theft…