We recently wrapped-up the 2015 legislative session, and I am pleased to report that we were able to accomplish so much this year, including getting nine of my bills signed into law.
In the final days of the session, we made significant gains that will provide a better quality of life for all Californians.
Environmental goals were the subject of intense debate in the Legislature this session. I supported the landmark climate change bill SB 350 and was glad the Governor signed it. I also supported SB 32 - gas emission reductions. SB 350's passage makes California a global leader in the fight against climate change. We will see the benefits of this legislation for generations to come.
Earlier in the session, I joined my colleagues in increasing public funding for California's public colleges and universities while providing billions more for our kindergarten through high school classrooms.
Another step we took strengthened healthcare and human services by expanding the Medi-Cal program and enacting an Earned Income Tax Credit which will uplift the working poor and their children.
Recognizing the seriousness of the current drought, this year we began appropriating the first part of voter-approved funds contained in the Water Bond for groundwater clean-up, desalination technology and projects to preserve our water supplies.
As the chairman of the Speaker's working group on redevelopment, I was tasked with developing a compromise to protect city budgets while ending years of messy and protracted litigation. Working with local governments from across California, my group came together to produce a fair compromise that provides clarity to the remaining Redevelopment Agency (RDA) dissolution process. Thanks to this compromise measure, cities like Pasadena and San Dimas will be able to retain control of critical city assets, like public parking facilities, and ensure money owed to local governments will be repaid.
All in all, we've accomplished a lot this year, but there is still much to be done. Please read further for details on my 2015 bill package.
41st State Assembly