Legislation

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.
Legislation

AB 39 (Warrant Streamlining): Streamlined the search warrant process thereby enhancing government efficiency and improving public safety.
Status: Signed by the Governor, Chapter 193, Statutes of 2015.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB39

AB 636 (Protecting Student Victims of Sexual Assault): Protected victims of sexual assault on college campuses by requiring that alleged perpetuator information only be given to law enforcement if it is deemed necessary for the safety of other students.
Status: Signed by the Governor, Chapter 697, Statutes of 2015.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB636

AB 721 (Financial Literacy for College Students): Required institutions of higher learning to post information about debt incurred as a result of college attendance on their websites, and increase the information provided to students about federal monies available to finance their college education.
Status: Signed by the Governor, Chapter 632, Statutes of 2015.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB721

AB 1690 (Part Time Faculty Employment Stability): Recognizes the importance of part time faculty at California Community Colleges by improving workplace stability.
Status: Moving through legislative process
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB1690

AB 1721 (Cal Grant Expansion): Increases the accessibility and number of Competitive Cal Grant awards, as well as the number of awards for Community College students.
Status: Moving through legislative process
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB1721

AB 2069 (Part-Time Faculty Office Hour Reporting): Increases student success by requiring that Community College districts report part-time faculty office hours.
Status: Moving through legislative process
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB2069

AB 2259 (Continuing Dropout Recovery Programs): Extends the end date for alternative accountability system dropout recovery high schools, two of which are in Riverside County.
Status: Moving through legislative process
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB2259

AB 2581 (Help for Former Corinthian College Students): Ensures students harmed by the Corinthian College Inc. closures have access to educational and financial relief.
Status: Held in Senate
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB2581

AB 2791 (Disabled Students Programs and Services): Provides students in a college Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) access to necessary services and care.
Status: Moving through legislative process
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB2791

Legislation

AB 27 (Medina) Interstate Trailer Permits: Changed the limit on California interstate registration permits from 5 days to 30 days, improving opportunities for businesses in California and creating jobs.
Status: Signed by the Governor, Chapter 301, Statutes of 2014.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140AB27

AB 94 (Assembly Committee on Budget) Education Finance and Higher Education: This budget bill, the 2013-2014 state budget bill, among other things, allocated $15 million annually to the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine.
Status: Signed by the Governor, Chapter 50, Statues of 2013.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140AB94

AB 1057 (Medina) Connecting Veterans to Jobs with Licensure Applications: Required every licensing board under the Department of Consumer Affairs to ask on every professional license application, if the applicant is serving in, or has previously served in the military. This helps create a process for connecting Veterans to high quality jobs based on their valuable occupational training and skills learned while serving in the military.
Status: Signed by the Governor, Chapter 693, Statues of 2013.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140AB1057

AB 1067 (Medina) Foreign Investment and Visa Program: Codified the state's participation in the federal investment visa program by establishing the California Foreign Investment Program within the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development.
Status: Signed by the Governor, Chapter 535, Statues of 2013.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140AB1067

AB 1247 (Medina) Small Business Finance Center: Transferred the administration of the small business financial development corporation managed programs from the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency to the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank within the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development.
Status: Signed by the Governor, Chapter 537, Statues of 2013.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140AB1247

AB 1400 (Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy) Export Label Certificates: Changed the state's administration of the Export Document Program to address an existing backlog and streamline the process.
Status: Signed by the Governor, Chapter 539, Statues of 2013.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140AB1400

AB 1422 (Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy) Re-Shoring California
Manufacturing: Encouraged more advanced manufacturing and alternative transportation in California by changing the sales and uses tax program administered by the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority.
Status: Signed by the Governor, Chapter 540, Statues of 2013.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140AB1422

AB 1686 (Arrest Authorizations): Strengthened the relationship between local police and private property owners. Extended the arrest authorization form from six to twelve months not only strengthens the validity of the form, but also significantly reduces the administrative time for the police departments processing them. Additionally, extending the arrest authorization allows owners to file the form only once a year, while keeping properties free from unwanted individuals for a period of 12 months.
Status: Signed by the Governor, Chapter 453, Statutes of 2014.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140AB1686

AB 1700 (Elderly Protection-Reverse Mortgages): Protected prospective reverse mortgage borrowers by assuring that all clients have consulted with a HUD-approved reverse mortgage counselor, and have discussed the items of the loan, and items of the reverse mortgage worksheet guide at least seven days prior to finalizing the loan. Allowing a seven day cooling off period—evidenced by the date of a counseling certificate—between the time of counseling, and the time to proceed with the loan would provide the elderly client with much needed time to review and discuss the numerous documents, fees, signed disclosures, and potential outcomes with their families.
Status: Signed by the Governor, Chapter 854, Statutes of 2014.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140AB1700

AB 2022 (Target Procurement): Updated the existing target area procurement program to reflect new census tracts which will be used in the New Hire Credit.
Status: Signed by the Governor, Chapter 780, Statutes of 2014.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140AB2022

ACR 1 (University of California: UC Riverside School of Medicine): This resolution declares that the University of California, Riverside (UCR) School of Medicine serves an important role in training a diverse workforce of physicians and providing healthcare to the underserved communities of the Inland Empire region of California.
Status: Signed by the Governor, Res. Chapter 54, Statutes of 2013.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140ACR1

ACR 162 (CDF Firefighter John D. Guthrie Memorial Highway): This resolution rededicates a segment of State Highway Route (SR) 215 in Riverside County as the CDF Firefighter John D. Guthrie Memorial Highway in order to correct a mistake in a previous legislative resolution.
Status: Signed by the Governor, Res. Chapter 160, Statutes of 2014.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140ACR162

Other Significant Legislation of Note

AB 60 (Driver’s licenses: eligibility: required documentation): Required the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue an original driver’s license to a person who is unable to submit satisfactory proof that the applicant’s presence in the United States is authorized under federal law if he or she meets all other qualifications for licensure and provides satisfactory proof to the department of his or her identity and California residency.
Status: Signed by the Governor, Chapter 524, Statutes of 2013.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140AB60