2017-2018 Legislation

It is my privilege to represent the 61st Assembly District. Below are the bills I introduced this year to improve our community and state.

IMPROVING ACCESS TO HIGHER EDUCATION

  • AB 276: Encourages California’s higher education institutions to create career technology programs focusing on cybersecurity, so as to launch a pipeline of cybersecurity professionals.
  • AB 819: Permanently give the California State University autonomy over the creation of its own regulations, a process that has been extended and recertified for the last 20 years.
  • AB 204: Incorporates fairness into the appeals process for Community College Fee waivers, and make sure that new academic rules do not negatively impact students.
  • HR 20: Asserts California’s support for Dream Act Students, and encourages “Dreamers” to apply to higher education institutions under the Dream Act.
  • AB 1563: Increases funding for students who want to go to college by expanding the Cal Grant C program.
  • AB 310: Requires community college districts post on their websites whether part-time faculty provide office hours or not.  This would help students make informed decisions about their education.
  • AB 343: Establishes a pilot program to improve placement for students entering the California State University by placing more emphasis on information rather than emphasis on test scores alone.
  • AB 504, AB 637: Requires campus-based research to cohesively approach “equity” and address the issue of “significant underrepresentation”.
  • ACR 32: Encourages California Community Colleges to develop proposals to help meet the specified goal of credit classroom instruction taught by full-time faculty, and to help establish pay equity for part-time faculty.

K12 EDUCATION

  • AB 192: Allows the State Parent’s Advisory Council to submit their report on the Migrant Student’s Program every three years. This will allow the Council to prepare a better, more comprehensive report to help this population of students.
  • AB 1142: Ensures the successful continuation of the State Seal of Biliteracy (SSB) program. This program allows high school students to  pass certain benchmarks and earn a Seal of Biliteracy on their high school diploma indicating their proficiency in a second language.

HEALTH

  • AB 82: Allows the use of diacritical marks (such as accent marks or tildes) on all vital records, such as birth certificates.
  • AB 93: Strengthens supervisor qualifications and responsibilities for marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers, and professional clinical counselors. This ensures patients can access qualified mental health professionals and obtain the services they need.

IMPROVING ACCESS TO JUDGES IN THE INLAND EMPIRE

  • AB 414: Brings judges to the Counties of San Bernardino and Riverside by allowing courts with too many to be sent to courts with too few.
  • AB 590: Makes smoother transitions for someone going from being a CalPERS member to a CalSTRS members by allowing a short break in service of 120 days, without losing membership.

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

  • AB 890: Creates a fair and equitably use of the initiative process by not allowing development projects that would otherwise be subject to CEQA a pass and avoid environmental review.
  • AB 1260: Provides for a streamline process for the California Public Utilities Commission to collect and report on complaints filed by constituents.

HOUSING

  • AB 1076: Addresses student homeless by directing the Legislative Analysts Office to conduct a study on best practices of postsecondary education campus housing.

MILITARY

  • AJR 5: Requests the Department of Defense for realistic regulatory criteria for granting reduced percentage rate loans to active duty military and their dependents.