AB 548 chaptered with bi-partisan support
BAKERSFIELD – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced that his Assembly Bill (AB) 548 was signed by Governor Brown and chaptered into law. This legislation authorizes community college districts to utilize a multi-criteria selection process for their nursing programs.
“The Central Valley already faces a shortage of doctors and nurses,” said Assemblymember Salas. “AB 548 will improve success rates in our competitive nursing programs, getting qualified nurses into the workforce.”
AB 1439 will close a loophole and put a stop to illegal gambling sweepstakes cafes
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced that his Assembly Bill (AB) 1439 to shut down illegal sweepstakes gambling cafes passed the Assembly floor unanimously and will now go before the Governor to be signed into law.
“We have seen how illegal gambling at these cafes are a threat to both public safety and local business,” said Assemblymember Salas. “This legislation will be the final nail in the coffin for illegal gambling cafes and stop them from exploiting a loophole in the law that allowed them to proliferate across the state.”
AB 2546 would allow for creation of a Kern County Hospital Authority
SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced that his Assembly Bill (AB) 2546 that would give the Kern County Board of Supervisors the option to establish a Hospital Authority to manage and administer the Kern Medical Center passed the Senate floor unanimously.
"After working with local stakeholders, it became clear that the creation of a hospital authority is an option to save KMC. I'm pleased that the legislature is going to empower Kern County's local government to be able to ensure that this hospital continues to provide vital health care services that the Central Valley so greatly needs."
Assembly passes historic bi-partisan water bond 77-1
SACRAMENTO – Today, the California Legislature passed a historic water bond. Since taking office in 2012, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) has worked diligently to make sure the voices of the Central Valley are heard, not only on water but also on other critical issues affecting the valley. Senate Bill 866/Assembly Bill 1471 provides $7.545 billion dollars for safe drinking water and storage projects, giving California the ability to store water for use during dry years.
“California’s population has more than doubled since 1960 – going from 15 million to over 38 million people. Today’s historic vote invests in California’s water infrastructure and helps secure our states ability to remain as a worldwide economic powerhouse,” stated Assemblymember Salas.
Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) rallied thousands of Future Farmers of America (FFA) students and their supporters in Sacramento and spent countless hours over the last six months pushing to save the Agriculture Education Incentive Grant Program. And it worked! When Governor Brown signed the new budget at the end of June, it included the Ag Ed funding Assemblymember Salas and so many others had been fighting for since the Governor proposed cutting off the Ag Ed funding back in January. “Agriculture Education Programs - like FFA - grow more than crops, they grow Californians who lead and feed the nations,” said Assemblymember Salas. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
32nd Assembly District Veteran of the Year
SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) honored Chief Hospital Corpsman Lon Chaney as the 32nd Assembly District Veteran of the Year at the 7th Annual Veterans Recognition Luncheon in Sacramento.
“During his 28 years in the Navy, Lon Chaney received many medals and commendations for his bravery, service, and devotion. It’s my honor to recognize him today as Veteran of the Year,” stated Assemblymember Salas. “Lon Chaney has gone above and beyond the call of duty by continuing to serve his community as Chair of the American Legion Boys’ State of Delano since 1989 and serving veterans through many local organizations.”
32nd Assembly District Small Business of the Year
SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) today honored Murray Family Farms as Small Business of the Year for the 32nd Assembly District.
“Murray Family Farms is the embodiment of a business that embraces the community by creating a family-oriented business that values people and great produce,” Salas said in a statement. “The Murray family has done more than just sell produce – they have created a fun and safe destination for the community to learn about agriculture. I am proud to honor Steve and Vickie Murray from Murray Family Farms as the 32nd Assembly District Small Business of the Year.”
Governor signs state budget; $4.1 Million for Ag Incentive Grant Preserved
BAKERSFIELD – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) released the following statement about the Governor signing the State Budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year:
“Today’s victory would not have been possible without the countless students, farmers, business owners, educators, community members, and fellow legislators who stood by FFA and fought with me to preserve Ag Education. Funding is now secured for this next budget cycle to invest in our students and give them the vocational skills and leadership development necessary to advance California and meet local industry demands. However, we must continue to be diligent and support my AB 2033, which seeks to guarantee dedicated funding in the future years for this important program.”
(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) has announced Assembly Bill 371, legislation he wrote to increase testing on sewage sludge applied to local land as fertilizer, has passed the Senate Environmental Quality Committee with bipartisan support. The bill has been a top priority for Assemblymember Salas all year. “For the last fourteen or so years, nearly 1,500 truckloads of Los Angeles sewage sludge have been applied to land in Kern County. People in our communities deserve answers about what metals, pathogens, pharmaceuticals, hormones, and steroids pose a threat to human health and what threats there are to our groundwater basin,” said Assemblymember Salas. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
HANFORD — State legislators passed a budget Sunday that includes $4.1 million for Future Farmers of America programs.
The decision, which reflected broad bipartisan support, drew kudos from an array of agricultural and political leaders in Kings County.
“I think it’s super that even the Legislature has been able to come together and see how important this really is,” said Marybeth Hearn, an agricultural instructor and FFA adviser.