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Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez introduced AB 172 to prevent workplace violence in the emergency room (ER) and guarantee stronger protections for health care workers.
Under current law, an assault or battery against a physician or nurse rendering emergency medical care outside of a hospital, clinic or health care facility is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $2,000, or a one year jail time, or both. However, if an assault or battery occurs inside the health care facility, the crime is punishable as a lower misdemeanor with a jail time of up to 6 months. Sponsored by the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), AB 172 would close this loophole by increasing the penalties for violence committed against all health care workers engaged in providing services within the ER.
Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez announced that over $2 million in tax credits was awarded to local businesses. With the support of the tax credit, these businesses will add 933 additional full time employees in Assembly District 52 through the California Competes Tax Credit program.
The local businesses receiving the tax credits are AFC Trident, Inc. of Ontario; Fruit Growers Supply Company of Ontario; QVC, Inc. who has a location in Ontario; and Virun, Inc. of Pomona.
Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez released the following statement on Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed 2015-16 State Budget:
“The budget proposal released today by Governor Brown will keep California on the right track towards economic recovery. I am pleased that the Governor’s plan provides critical funding increases that will restore money to our classrooms, prevent unnecessary tuition increases, improve local roads and highways and fund public safety programs that empower and protect our communities.
Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) provided hundreds of toys to local children and charitable organizations last Saturday just in time for Christmas. Rodriguez’ 2nd Annual Holiday Toy Drive was made possible from donations by local residents and businesses, American Medical Response, Cole Schaefer Ambulance Services, and the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
“Christmas is a reminder that we must come together as a community,” said Rodriguez. “Every child should experience the specialness of Christmas, and I am thankful for the community’s support.”
Assemblymember Rodriguez introduced two measures designed to strengthen public safety, increase transparency and improve the relationship between police officers and the communities they protect.
Assembly Bill 69 will require all law enforcement officers statewide to wear body cameras on duty.
Assembly Bill 71 will amend current reporting procedures for law enforcement and will require state law enforcement agencies to submit an annual report to the California Department of Justice on all shooting incidents where a peace officer is involved. The report would require statistics on shootings that result in the injury or death of an individual or a peace officer.
Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (Center) with his son Vincent Rodriguez (Left) and wife Michelle Rodriguez (right) at the 2014 EMS Awards at the Marines' Memorial Club and Hotel in San Francisco.
Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez has been named Emergency Medical Technician of the Year by the California Emergency Medical Services Authority (Cal EMSA). Rodriguez, a 30-year licensed EMT, was selected to receive the honor for his dedication to the EMS profession and for advocating for public policy that benefits the field in the California State Assembly.
“I am deeply honored to be named as Cal EMSA’s EMT of the Year,” said Rodriguez. “Being an Emergency Medical Technician has been my passion for over 30 years. Even as I serve in the Assembly, I have not left the profession behind and I still work in the field every chance I can. I am proud to be a voice for my brothers and sisters in the EMS industry and represent their interests in the California State Assembly.”
Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez introduced a measure to improve school safety plans for California’s K-12 public schools. Assembly Bill 58 would require schools to update their school safety plans to include training programs and procedures for individuals with guns and active shooting incidents on school campuses.
Current law requires each school to develop a school safety plan that includes processes, procedures, and policies to ensure student and staff safety at a school site. The components of the plan range from daily processes, such as procedures for safe arrival and departure of students, parents and school employees; to disaster and emergency procedures such as those during and after earthquakes; to behavioral policies such as discrimination and harassment policies.
Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins announced that Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez will serve as Chair of the Joint Assembly/Senate Committee on Emergency Management for the 2015-2016 Legislative Session. The committee’s primary jurisdiction includes disaster preparedness, emergency management, and homeland security issues.
Rodriguez is a 30-year Emergency Medical Technician and assisted as part of the relief efforts during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. He previously served as Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee under the leadership of Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and he is the Chair of the Select Committee on Local Emergency Preparedness.
Freddie Rodriguez will host his 2nd Annual Holiday Open House and Toy Drive at his district office in Chino on Thursday, December 4th. The public is encouraged to come by the office to meet the Assemblymember and his staff to learn about services provided by the district office and share concerns on legislative issues affecting the 52nd Assembly District.