During this past legislative session, my team and I worked to put together a legislative package covering a variety of important topics, including government reform, privacy, education, public safety, victim resources, Veteran benefits, and emergency services.
Now that the 2022 session has ended, I am proud to share this final legislative update from my office:
Seyarto Bills Signed Into Law:
- 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 Veterans Administration (CalVet) to help further connect them with their well-deserved benefits.
- AB 1876: Allows three years of substitute teaching in one or more California school districts that participate in a consortium to count towards the eligibility requirements for the Emergency Career Substitute Permit.
- AB 1968: Instructs the CSU and UC campuses to standardize content on their websites so victims of sexual assault can quickly and easily find the necessary resources immediately following an incident.
- AB 2270: streamlines the process for emergency vehicles to use toll facilities.
Co-Authored Bills Signed Into Law:
- AB 2000 (Gabriel): Expands crimes related to vehicle drag racing (i.e., speed contests) and dangerous stunts (i.e., speed exhibitions) to apply in off-street parking lots as well as on the road, similar to the crime of reckless driving.
- AB 2105 (Smith): Reduces initial Contractors State License Board (CSLB) licensing fees by 50% for Veterans.
- AB 2365 (Patterson): Creates a grant program aimed at funding projects that focus on reducing fentanyl use and overdoses.
- AB 2509 (Fong): Adds Purple Heart recipients to the list of Veterans exempt from paying annual DMV vehicle registration fees.
- SB 864 (Melendez): Enacts "Tyler's Law" by requiring a general acute care hospital to test for fentanyl in a patient's urine when drug screening is conducted.
Seyarto Bills Vetoed by the Governor:
- AB 1687: Clarifies that the governor’s use of emergency powers must be related to the specific emergency conditions.
- AB 1711: Requires government agencies to report the data breaches of entities who are working on or with their systems to ensure the best notification practices to the public.
Seyarto Bills held in Committee by Majority Party:
- AB 1629 would have provided tax relief to widows and children of service members by making the first $20k of payments from Survivor Benefit Plans tax free.
- AB 1665 would have prohibited plea bargaining in human trafficking cases involving children.
- AB 1673 would have established the California Fentanyl Abuse Task Force to increase public education and mobilize state and local resources to evaluate the best practices for combatting fentanyl abuse across California.
It is my privilege to be your Representative in the California State Assembly. As a life-long public servant, I understand the significance of the trust you have placed in me. Each legislative year brings its own challenges, and a lot of uphill battles remain, but I am proud of the work my office put in to serve our district and our state. It was my honor to work with my colleagues in Sacramento to accomplish some of our goals and deliver results.
I thank you for this opportunity to be of service.