With only three days left, Sacramento is bustling as the clock winds down on the 2015-16 Legislative Session. As I shared with you last week, the number of bills coming before us for a vote has significantly increased. This past week we averaged about 75 bills a day and the topics at hand were just as numerous.
As we head into the final stretch, we are likely to see some of the more challenging bills come forward for a vote and with them intense floor debates. I am excited to see what the last few days have in store, and I am pleased to have you join me through this journey.
Below is this week’s highlight of bills of importance to the residents of the Thirty-Fourth District, as well as the positions that I took. Again, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact my office at (714) 741-1034.
Senator Janet Nguyen
California State Legislature, Thirty-Fourth District
AB 1580 (Gatto) Requires a consumer credit reporting agency to place a security freeze for a child who is under 16 years of age at the request of a parent. Further requires the consumer credit reporting agency to send confirmation within 10 days of the placement of the freeze and provides methods for the protected consumer to remove that freeze. VOTED: YES
AB 741 (Williams) Allows a short-term residential treatment center to be operated as a children’s crisis residential center to help divert children experiencing a mental health crisis from psychiatric hospitalization. VOTED: YES
AB 2767 (Lopez) Adds to existing information that must be provided to a foster caregiver the email address of the child’s social worker, the social worker’s supervisor, the child’s attorney, and the court-appointed special advocate, if applicable. VOTED: YES
AB 1449 (Lopez) Expands eligibility for the Cal Grant Transfer Entitlement Award to a student who has not graduated from high school but has attended a California Community College and is now transferring to a four-year college. VOTED: YES
AB 2350 (O’Donnell) Prohibits a middle or high school pupil who is classified as an English learner (EL) and scores at any proficiency level on the assessment of English language development from being denied participation in the standard instructional program of a school, including enrollment in courses that are requirements for college admission or are advanced courses, on the sole basis of a pupil’s classification as an English learner. This bill will not apply to a middle or high school pupil who is classified as an EL and who is participating in a program to meet the academic and transitional needs of newly arrived immigrant pupils that has as a primary objective the development of English language proficiency. VOTED: YES
AB 2115 (Wood) Requires, on and after January 1, 2018, a health plan or insurer providing individual or group health care coverage to provide enrollees who cease to be enrolled in coverage a notice informing them that they may be eligible for reduced-cost coverage through the California Health Benefit Exchange (Covered California), or no-cost coverage through Medi-Cal. VOTED: YES
AB 1906 (Melendez) - Requires the Department of State Hospitals to forward specified information regarding the release of inmate designated as a sexually violent predator to the county where the inmate was convicted at least 20 days prior to the scheduled release of that inmate. VOTED: YES
AB 2466 (Weber) Allows convicted felons serving their sentence in county jail to vote while incarcerated. VOTED: NO
AB 1891 (Dababneh) Allows for currently exempted seniors to opt-out one time, instead of annually, in order to be permanently exempted from paying education parcel taxes. VOTED: YES
AB 2085 (Irwin) Creates the Office of Military Legal Assistance within the Military Department to assist veterans with legal matters. VOTED: YES
AB 2562 (Veterans Committee) Deletes obsolete references to dates of active duty and specific service in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars so that recent Veterans remain eligible for deferred payments on mortgages, credit cards, retail installment accounts and contracts, real property taxes and assessments, vehicle leases, and utility bills. VOTED: YES
AB 2685 (Lopez) Requires a local planning agency to collect public comments regarding a local housing element and provide them to members of the legislative body prior to the adoption of the housing element of a general plan. VOTED: YES
AB 2331 (Dababneh) Allows an applicant for a dental license to satisfy the examination requirement by receiving a passing score on the clinical and written examination developed by the American Board of Dental Examiners. VOTED: YES
AB 1553 (Irwin) Authorizes the ABLE Act (Achieving a Better Life Experience Act) Board to enter into a long-term multi-state contract with a program consultant to implement the program and allows the consultant to recoup costs for administering ABLE accounts. VOTED: YES
AB 1588 (Mathis) Authorizes the State Water Resources Control Board to establish a program to provide funding to counties and qualified non-profit organizations to award low-interest loans and grants to eligible applicants for drinking water and wastewater treatment projects. VOTED: YES