State assemblywoman talks trials, triumphs and aspirations during first term

One year into her first term, State Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez discussed her efforts to pass new legislation for area residents and meet those same residents’ concerns head on during a session with a small group of reporters shortly after 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 11.

Melendez, a Republican and former Lake Elsinore city council member, represents California’s 67th district.

Melendez is a pro-business politician who has frequently stressed the importance of working across party lines with Democrats to draw up important legislation and facilitate positive change.

However, in an era when the state assembly, state senate and Governor’s office are all controlled by her opposing party, Melendez said she has found it difficult to make headway in bringing about the change her constituents would like to see in Sacramento.

But it’s not necessarily the divisiveness that characterizes party politics that’s the issue at play with spearheading pro-business legislation, according to the assemblywoman.

She said the biggest problem with creating a successful pro-business bill is just getting enough people – Republican or Democrat – to support it.

“It’s not as easy as I was hoping it would be,” she said. “We have a

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