A Pothole in the Wallet

Special interests and bought-off legislators recently passed the largest gasoline tax increase in California history, probably in American history. And not one new highway mile will be built to help reduce congestion … not one! Last session, I introduced Assembly Bill X1-14 during the transportation special session called by the governor. My bill required a formal commitment […]

Mental health and drug abuse is a dual issue

As a member of the Assembly Health Committee and the bipartisan Mental Health Caucus, the critical problem of co-occurring disorders, mental health and drug addiction, leads to increasing crime and homelessness and ultimately impacts safety throughout California. This session I have introduced two bills which will address treatment issues for inmates in county jails with […]

Hosed at the pump

That’s the message from Governor Brown and his Sacramento allies as they passed Senate Bill 1, imposing massive tax increases on California’s motorists. Our worn-out roads are a direct result of failed leadership and broken promises, not a lack of money.  Californians already pay among the highest fuel and vehicle fees in the nation. Even […]

My bills are moving

March has been a busy month in Sacramento as the Legislature moves into high gear. Happily, four of my bills have received overwhelming bipartisan support, all passing votes in their respective committees March 21. My Assembly Bill 182, the Heroin and Opioid Public Education Act, passed the Assembly Health Committee in a unanimous vote. The […]

Protecting California wildlife

My Assembly Bill, AB 1031, will help California’s native wildlife receive care and rehabilitation provided by nonprofit organizations throughout the state.  My bill allows taxpayers filing their tax returns to voluntarily `check off’ a specified amount to support the Native California Wildlife Rehabilitation Fund. On a daily basis, California’s animal rehabilitation organizations rescue injured, sick or orphaned […]

Tiedman named 2017 Woman of the Year

I am honored to name Martha “Marty” Tiedeman my Woman of the Year for 2017. California’s Woman of the Year program was founded 30 years ago to celebrate contributions to society made by our state’s remarkable women. With her long history of dedicated public service, Marty Tiedeman is well-deserving of this recognition. Marty’s public service […]

Protecting seniors from abuse

My Assembly Bill 728 will not allow convictions of elder/dependent adult abuse to be eligible for “expungement.” An expungement proceeding is designed to have the records of a prior conviction destroyed, eliminated or sealed. While current law allows expungement of criminal records under certain circumstances, elder abuse should not be included. San Diego County alone handles approximately […]

Supporting the life sciences

As a member of the Assembly Health Committee, I am working to open up access for new innovative treatments, cures and therapies that directly impact the lives of thousands of Californians. Ensuring that California maintains its pivotal role as a center for life sciences research is a vital part of these efforts. Continuing the medical […]

Combating the heroin epidemic

My Assembly Bill 182, the Heroin and Opioid Public Education (HOPE) Act helps to combat the growth of heroin and Opioid abuse throughout California. Heroin, a cheaper equivalent to opioids, has become widely available, and unfortunately, California is now ground zero in this escalating epidemic. Heroin use has increased across the United States in all […]