Although it’s never easy leaving home, I’m excited to be back at our State Capitol and get to work! I look forward to collaborating with my legislative colleagues and working with local leaders in 2020 to find solutions to California’s most pressing problems.

Back in the Capitol:  It was wonderful to start the week off in Sacramento by joining my colleagues in announcing a California Green New Deal—Introduced by Assembly Member Rob Bonta, AB-1839. Rural communities are on the front lines when it comes to climate change. Please click on the link to see my comments at the Capitol on this important legislation: California Green New Deal

This week, a couple of our two-year bills, AB-1626 (Cigarette Fire Safety Act) and AB-1627 (Enhancements to Tobacco Statute - Attorney General) passed the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee.

Additionally, I attended my first committee hearing of the year—Assembly and Senate Governmental Organization Committees convened a joint informational hearing on regulated sports betting in America. To date, the three most populous states in America (CA, TX, FL) have not legalized some form of sports betting.

California Budget: Governor Newsom released his administration’s 2020 proposed budget this morning. I look forward to reading the document over the weekend, you can read my initial reaction to the Governor’s budget here.   

Senate Bill 50: As we all know, California is facing a significant housing crisis. Having lived in rural CA my entire life, it’s difficult to live through the impacts of this crisis today—historic rates of traffic congestion, housing displacement, increasing homelessness, lack of housing affordability. SB-50 is legislation that will create real opportunities to produce housing where it needs to be, near job centers and public transportation hubs. CA’s housing crisis requires an all of the above strategy. It was an honor to join Senator Scott Weiner and other legislative leaders in Oakland, to renew our commitment to solving this crisis. You can read my full statement from the press conference here

2020 Census:  Every person counts!

Social Media Post of the Week:  Great job by Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital!


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