As the 2016 summer comes to an end, families are returning from vacation destinations, children are eagerly preparing to go back to school and the California State Legislature is ready to end a two-year session. During the first part of this session in 2015, the Legislature heard more than 2,300 bills and this year we are on track to do the same.
As your State Senator, I am committed to keeping you informed during this busy time. Below is the first of two updates which highlights bills of importance to the residents of the Thirty-Fourth District that I proudly supported this past week. From legislation involving children, seniors and Veterans to public safety and transportation, this week was a great start to what will undoubtedly be a very eventful end of session.
As you read through the summaries, I hope that you find the information below helpful. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact my office at (714) 741-1034.
I am honored to have the privilege to work on your behalf and to be of service to the residents of the 34th Senate District.
Senator Janet Nguyen
California State Legislature, Thirty-Fourth District
AB 1789 (Santiago) Extends the sunset date for the School Supplies for Homeless Children Fund, allowing the voluntary contribution fund to remain on the personal income tax form until 2022 unless it fails to meet a minimum contribution level. VOTED: YES
AB 2448 (Burke) Adds participation in a high school equivalency program to the list of permissible welfare-to-work activities a CalWORKs participant is required to engage in after orientation and appraisal, as specified. VOTED: YES
AB 2691 (Holden) Authorizes counties to provide a program that permits individuals who are 62 years of age or older, or who receive supplemental security income to pay their property taxes in monthly installments rather than in two payments per year. This is voluntary program for both the county and the taxpayer. VOTED: YES
ACR 188 (Melendez) Proclaims the month of June 2016 as PTS Awareness Month. VOTED: YES
AB 2147 (Eggman) Removes the requirement that there be a local ordinance permitting impoundment in order for law enforcement to be able to impound vehicles used in the commission of prostitution for up to 30 days if the owner or operator of the vehicle has had a prior conviction for the same offense within the past three years and only if the offender is a “john,” not an actual prostitute. VOTED: YES
AB 1723 (Dodd) Enacts the Identity Theft Resolution Act by establishing notification requirement timeframes and debt collection cessation provisions for accounts disputed on the basis of identity theft. VOTED: YES
SJR 24 (Beall) Urges Congress and the President to fully fund the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program at a level of $525 million in the 2017 fiscal year to provide additional critical investment in California. VOTED: YES
AB 779 (Garcia) Requires local agencies to post the compensation information of elected officials in a conspicuous location on their websites. VOTED: YES
AB 1584 (Brown) Reinstates the cost of living adjustment (COLA) for the State Supplementary Program (SSP) for the aged, blind and disabled starting January 1, 2018. VOTED: YES