The Legislature considers a few good bills

There are good bills amid the hundreds of bills awaiting the governor’s signature.

Helping local school districts save for special projects or financial emergencies was impacted by a cap that was placed on school reserves in 2014. This year, I supported Senate Bill 751, by Sen. J Hill, D-San Mateo, and Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, in simplifying restrictions and exempting many districts from the cap.

I joined Assemblymember Susan Eggman, D-Stockton, as co-author of Assembly Bill 1219 to support food deliveries to the needy by clarifying food donor laws to assure restaurants, grocers and individuals that they can donate food in good faith without fear of being sued.

Streamlining California’s business licensing practices is a must, and I was pleased to support Senate Bill 182, introduced by Sen. Steven Bradford, D-Gardena. The bill simplifies licensing requirements for Lyft, Uber and other drivers who will now be allowed to obtain a single license from the jurisdiction in which they live. This simplification eliminates any requirement to obtain additional licenses to drive passengers across boundary lines into other jurisdictions.

I also supported Assembly Bill 360 to assist our veterans. The bill, introduced by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance, requires the State Bar Association to coordinate pro-bono civil legal assistance for veterans and their families who cannot afford legal services.

My bills, including Assembly Bill 4 to prevent voter fraud by requiring a voter to be notified if records are altered online, and Assembly Bill 1386, raising awareness of the importance of speaking to a genetic counselor for newly diagnosed breast or ovarian cancer patients to help focus treatment options, are also positive bills.

The Legislature reconvenes Jan. 3, and I’m looking forward to another busy, productive year serving you in Sacramento.

Assemblymember 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.

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