SACRAMENTO – Today, the Assembly passed a number of bills aimed at helping families, employees, homeless youth and communities.
AB 47 by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) passed out of the Assembly on a 54-21 vote. The Preschool for All Act requires the state to include funding to provide all children who are eligible for the state preschool program, and whose parents wish to enroll them, the opportunity to enroll in the program. Contact: Bryan Singh, (916) 319-2007. Press release here. Video here.
AB 219 by Assemblymember Tom Daly (D-Anaheim) passed out of the Assembly on a 50-28 vote. AB 219 expands the definition of “public works” to include the hauling and delivery of ready-mixed concrete. Contact: David Miller, (916) 319-2069. More information here.
AB 221 by Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (D-Encino) passed out of the Assembly on a 73-5 vote. This bill authorizes the DMV to develop a mobile application whereby a person may access a digital copy of his or her driver’s license or identification card issued by DMV. Contact: Christopher Ramsey, (818) 904-3840. Press release here.
AB 801 by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) passed out of the Assembly on a 60-11 vote. The Success for Homeless Youth in Higher Education Act would institute an entrance priority for current or former homeless youth to the higher education system, similar to the existing priority for former foster youth. Contact: Sean MacNeil, (916) 319-2050. More information here.
AB 988 by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) and Speaker Toni G. Atkins passed out of the Assembly on a 67-4 vote. This legislation would provide education about the environment and outdoor recreation for California children, prioritizing opportunities for underserved and at-risk students. Contact: Arianna Smith, (916) 319-2029. Press release here.
AB 1266 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) passed out of the Assembly on a 47-28 vote. AB 1266 would require that public utilities to justify executive bonus compensation at a public hearing of the California Public Utilities Commission following any state or federal safety violation that results in a cost of $5 million or more to ratepayers. Contact: Evan McLaughlin, (916) 319-2080. Press release here.
AB 1321 by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) passed out of the Assembly on a 59-17 vote. This bill would help California receive federal funding from the 2014 farm bill to expand healthy food access for low-income Californians on food stamps shopping at farmers’ markets. Contact: Anthony Matthews, (916) 319-2019. More information here.
Website of the Assembly Democratic Caucus: www.asmdc.org