It has been an honor to represent you and all of the communities of the 7th Assembly District for the past four years. We've made significant progress since 2010. We've fought our way back from a $26 billion deficit and today we not only have a significant budget reserve, we're able to make landmark investments in education, health care, and transportation. We're finally able to invest in infrastructure, housing, transit, and thoughtful policies to link communities and jobs while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Over these years we've worked together to solve many problems and as I finish this term in office, I'd like to highlight a few of my most significant legislative accomplishments:
Groundwater Sustainability Act: AB 1739 - Along with SB 1168 and SB 1319 (Pavley), this 2014 package of bills seeks to achieve sustainable groundwater levels within twenty years of the plan's adoption. It improves local and regional groundwater management levels and protects our drinking water. This is the first significant statewide regulation of groundwater in California history.
School Discipline Reform: AB 420 - This first-in-the-nation state law takes a large step towards fixing California's broken school discipline practices. The 2014 bill will curb the excessive use of willful defiance as a reason to suspend and expel students by prohibiting expulsions from school for grades K-12 based upon willful defiance and will eliminate out-of-school suspensions for grades K-3 based upon willful defiance. Rather than kicking students out of school, this measure will help keep young people in school on track to graduate and out of the criminal justice system.
Crude by Rail: AB 380 - This 2014 bill protects communities from rail accidents involving crude oil, which have grown increasingly more common. The bill requires that rail carriers communicate information about the movement and characteristics of crude oil and other hazardous materials in order to better prepare emergency response officials in case of an accident.
California Air Resources Board Sacramento Membership Expansion: AB 146 - The 2012 bill creates a seat on the ARB for the Sacramento region, the largest major metropolitan area in the state previously without designated representation on the ARB. The bill allows the region and its over 2 million residents to have a direct voice in critical future decision-making to improve our local air quality.
Fairness in Government Hiring Practices: AB 218 - The 2013 bill provides that state and local agencies may not inquire into an applicant's criminal conviction history or include such an inquiry in their application for employment until after the agency has determined the applicant's qualifications meet the requirements for the position. Studies show that stable employment significantly lowers recidivism and promotes public safety.
Coaches, Sexual Abuse Reporting: AB 1435 - The 2012 bill requires that all K-12 athletic coaches, administrators, and directors be mandatory reporters for purposes of complying with the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act.
I am also proud of many accomplishments in and around Sacramento. Some highlights:
Backpack Drives: We held an annual "Give Back (pack) Drive," a back-to-school drive to collect backpacks and supplies for community youth. In 2011, I distributed 450 backpacks filled with school supplies to kindergarten through 6th grade students at Del Paso Heights Elementary School. In 2012, I distributed over 300 backpacks filled with school supplies to students at Harkness Elementary School. In 2013, I distributed over 500 backpacks to students at Bannon Creek Elementary School in Natomas. In 2014, I distributed over 800 backpacks to students at Elder Creek Elementary School in Lemon Hill area.
Public Protection Town Hall and Multiple Senior Scam Stopper Workshops: Our events throughout Sacramento provided seniors with tips on how they can become more aware and protect themselves from becoming victims of fraud.
2012 and 2013 Free Food Literacy Fairs (Oak Park and Midtown): Attendees learned about food from the ground up and how to make more informed food choices that are good for people and the planet. The events featured cooking demonstrations, physical activities and games, local chefs, live music, and informational booths on health and nutrition.
Feria de Educación (Es El Momento) 2013 and 2014: For the past two years, I, along with Univision 19 and California State University, Sacramento, hosted the annual "Feria de Educación" to provide families with an opportunity to learn about important educational programs and services within California's education system. In the past two years, over 10,000 Spanish speaking community members have attended the annual education fair to learn about accessing higher education and options for financial aid.
We've come a long way, and there's so much work to be done. I'm incredibly thankful for the opportunity you have given me to serve the region that I love. I look forward to working with Assemblymember-Elect McCarty and all of you to build a stronger, brighter future for the 7th Assembly District and for Sacramento.
Wishing you and yours a peaceful and happy holiday season,
Assemblymember Roger Dickinson
Sacramento - Today, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) issued the following statement on the new Ebola guidelines from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH):
Sacramento – Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) announced today that he received a 100% score in the 2014 California League of Conservation Voters legislative report card. According to the report card, Assemblymember Dickinson voted in favor of environmental priorities for 15 important bills and never voted against environmental quality.
“Conservation of our precious natural resources is of utmost importance,” said Assemblymember Dickinson. “Especially while facing a serious drought, protecting our natural resources, particularly drinking water, could not be more critical,” Dickinson added.
Sacramento - Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) released the following statement today on the shootings of three sheriff's deputies and a civilian in Sacramento and Placer counties:
"My deepest sympathy and support go out to victims of today's ongoing manhunt. My condolences especially go out to the family of Sacramento Sheriff's Deputy Danny Oliver. As a former Sacramento County Supervisor, I particularly feel the loss of a member of the County family.
I hope for a full and quick recovery for the other victims, immediate apprehension of the gunman, and a safe resolution. If you have any information on the ongoing investigation, please call the Sacramento sheriff's tip line at 916-874-9022."
Sacramento – Today, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) endorsed the Campaign to Save Kids' Teeth, a statewide public-education effort to inform the public about the deficiencies in the state-run Denti-Cal program, which serves millions of low-income children in California.
“Healthy teeth and gums are critical for a child’s physical and mental wellbeing," Dickinson said. "In the Legislature, I have fought for the restoration of dental benefits and for the reform of Denti-Cal services for children in Sacramento County."
“I was inspired by Sacramento County's innovative methods of supporting at-risk youth. I commend their efforts to positively impact students.”
Sacramento -Today, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) sent the below letters to the California Health and Human Services Agency, the Sacramento County Public Health Officer, the California Hospital Association, and the California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems questioning their readiness in the event of an Ebola outbreak in California and the Sacramento region.
Sacramento - Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) announced today that he received a 100% score in the 2014 Sierra Club California legislative report card. According to the report card, Assemblymember Dickinson voted in favor of environmental priorities for 11 important bills and never voted against environmental quality.
(Sacramento) - At a press conference in front of the new site for a Sacramento County Criminal Courthouse, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento), Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-06), Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), Sacramento Superior Court Presiding Judge Robert Hight and other local elected officials and stakeholders it was announced that escrow has closed on the new courthouse site. Due to the recent state budget shortfalls and lack of court construction funding, the new courthouse project has been repeatedly delayed. The escrow closure announcement is the first major step in the construction process of a new courthouse. “Our current courthouse’s inadequate facilities impinge on the ability of courts to serve the public as there are too few courtrooms to conduct the court’s business in a fair and equitable manner,” said Assemblymember Dickinson. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
Dickinson, speaking at a press conference announcing the close of escrow on the site of the new Sacramento County Criminal Courthouse in downtown Sacramento.
SACRAMENTO - At a press conference today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-06), Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento), and Sacramento Superior Court Presiding Judge Robert Hight, along with local elected officials and stakeholders, announced the close of escrow on the site of the new Sacramento County Criminal Courthouse.