Legislation Session - 2021-2022

Existing law establishes the California Broadband Council with duties that include, but are not limited to, ensuring that all relevant state agencies are made aware of actions necessary to fully implement recommendations in the 2008 Broadband Task Force Report. Executive Order N-73-20, among other things, directed the council to create a new State Broadband Action Plan by December 31, 2020, which resulted in the adoption of the 2020 Broadband for All Action Plan. This bill would require the council to ensure that all relevant state agencies are made aware of actions necessary to fully…
This measure would proclaim the month of May 2021 as Lyme Disease Awareness Month.
This measure would designate a specified portion of State Highway Route 41 in the County of Fresno as the Tom Seaver Memorial Highway. The measure would request that the Department of Transportation determine the cost of appropriate signs showing this special designation and, upon receiving donations from nonstate sources covering that cost, erect those signs.
This measure would urge the United States Congress and the President of the United States to permit states to extend burial and memorial benefits to Hmong veterans at state veterans cemeteries.

Legislation Session - 2019-2020

Gavin’s Law (AB 582) is named in honor of Central Valley educator Gavin Gladding who was killed in September 2018 by a driver who hid from law enforcement for weeks before being caught. The driver, who was believed to have been drinking just prior to the accident, was caught and sentenced to three years in prison in November 2018. Gavin’s family learned that he was released on probation in December 2019 after spending only one year in prison. AB 582 increases the maximum prison sentence for hit-and-run drivers who kill someone.  Under California law, the maximum punishment for a fatal hit-…
AB 1961 extends the same protections under the Whistleblower Protection Act to those individuals who confide in the Legislature, whether it is an individual legislator or a committee.      
California’s Foster Care Ombudsman does not have the independence needed to fulfill its ombudsperson role. Currently, the Ombudsman is appointed by the head of the Department of Social Services. As the National Center for Youth Law has observed: “This structure creates direct conflicts of interest—or, at the very least, the appearance of conflicts—because the department director controls all aspects of the program’s operation and allocation of resources. This means the ombudsman has no independent authority to recommend policy or program improvements.” AB 1988 will solve this problem by…
AB 2064 seeks to amend the Government Code to implement the California State Auditor’s recommendations and require California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) to help California’s most vulnerable groups in developing their local emergency plan. Additionally, AB 2064 will require Cal OES to review all Counties’ emergency plans to determine if they are consistent with best practices.
AB 2120 would authorize the Franchise Tax Board to exercise leniency when assessing interest for those who have shown that the failure to pay withholdings to the Franchise Tax Board was due to reasonable cause and not willful neglect.
AB 2136 aims to relieve the financial burden put on families who are in vital need of caregivers by providing a tax credit, specifically to those who end up paying the most out-of-pocket for these expenses.