During the recent session, ending Sept. 15, 977 bills were submitted to Gov. Jerry Brown for approval. He signed 859 bills, and I am pleased that seven bills that I wrote were included in this total.
My legislation includes Assembly Bill 4, sponsored by Riverside County District Attorney Michael Hestrin, to deter online voter fraud by requiring notification via email or text when a voter’s registration is altered online, and Assembly Bill 1361, sponsored by the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians and jointly written with Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, D – Coachella, to allow water districts to provide service to Indian tribal lands without annexation. This bill is important for our region as there are eight sovereign tribal governments in the 75th district. I also joined Garcia to co-author Assembly Bill 1111, supporting career technical education to break barriers to work readiness, training and apprenticeship. Relevant skills will raise people from poverty to self-reliance.
The governor also signed my Assembly Bill 1386, a Legislative Woman’s Caucus priority bill, raising awareness for newly diagnosed breast and ovarian cancer patients about speaking with a genetic counselor to help focus treatment options, along with Assembly Bill 369, sponsored by the Bar Association, clarifying rights of appeal in child custody cases. Also Assembly Bill 1031, creating the Native California Wildlife Rehabilitation Fund to support rehabilitation of injured, orphaned or sick native wildlife through a grant funded by voluntary tax return checkoffs. As a trained Project Wildlife songbird rehabber, I know how precious our native wildlife is. Lastly, Assembly Bill 658 temporarily suspends the license fee clinical laboratories pay, eliminating a $12 million surplus.
The Legislature will reconvene Jan. 3. It is an honor to continue to serve you in Sacramento and to work on legislation important to our district.
Minority Floor Leader Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes the communities of Bonsall, Escondido, Fallbrook, Hidden Meadows, Pala, Palomar Mountain, Pauma Valley, Rainbow, San Marcos, Temecula, Valley Center and Vista.