2021-2022 Legislative Priorities

2021 Budget Wins

2022 Priority Bills

Take a look at all the bills signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom during the first half of the 2021/2022 legislative session:

2021 Legislative Victories

Education:

AB 22 Universal TK: Implements Universal Transitional Kindergarten (TK) for all four-year-olds, and allows school districts to collect average daily attendance (ADA) for these students.

AB 1377 Student Housing: Removes administrative barriers for the three higher education segments to provide more housing for students - Signed by the governor

AB 777 UC Davis-Sacramento Campus Property: Authorizes the Department of General Services (DGS) to transfer property to UCD for low income student and staff housing.

AB 417 Rising Scholars: Establishes a statewide Rising Scholars Program within the California Community College system to support justice-involved students - Signed by the governor

Criminal Justice Reform:

AB 1443 Community Policing: Provides additional community options for trained designees to transport individuals experiencing mental health crises without law enforcement intervention - Signed by the governor

AB 603 Police Abuse Settlements: Establishes transparency for ALL use-of-force payouts by requiring local municipalities to post on their websites how much money was paid in settlements during the prior year

AB 1191 Firearms Tracing: Requires the DOJ to analyze crime gun data to determine trends and patterns on how guns are sold and trafficked, and requires DOJ to produce tracing reports on which licensed firearm dealers are selling recovered crime guns - Signed by the governor

Environmental Protection

AB 504 Green Restaurants: Builds on AB 827, passed in 2019, to ensure theme parks meet state waste diversion goals - Signed by the governor

AB 970 Car Charging: Will streamline building Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure to achieve our air quality and climate goals - Signed by the governor

Additional

AB 759 County Officer Elections: Changes election cycle of Sheriffs, District Attorneys  and Assessors to run concurrent with Presidential elections

AB 1466 Racial Covenants: Requires racist language be removed from ALL housing documents when the property changes hands, waives fees, and streamlines the redaction process - Signed by the governor

AB 1542 Yolo Pilot Program: Creates a voluntary Drug Treatment Pilot Program in Yolo County for repeat felons committing drug-related crimes.


2021 Legislative Budget Wins for District 7

This year, I was able to secure millions of dollars from the 2021 California Budget to fund various organizations and projects throughout District 7. Below is a list of all the projects that were funded:

$12 million to the Lower American River Parkway Public Access Improvements

$30 million to spur development for the Sacramento Railyards

$5.7 million to the City of Sacramento for local cannabis licensing programs and grant funding to support local equity programs

$1.8 million to the City of Sacramento for the Sacramento Fairytale Town expansion

$1.5 million to the City of West Sacramento for park improvements

$1 million to the City of Sacramento for the Sacramento LGBT Community Center

$750,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento for the Mandolin Estates housing development in the Glen Elder Neighborhood

$30 million for grants to eligible food banks including Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services

$12 million to Cal Expo and the State Fair

Authorization to use Lot Z at Cal Expo as an emergency homeless shelter

$3 million to Sacramento Municipal Utility District Museum of Science and Curiosity for Public Health Program and Educational Exhibit

$3 million to the California Museum

$1 million for Capital Public Radio for equipment and seating for public performance space at 1010 8th Street in downtown Sacramento

Up to $10 million to the Sacramento River Cats for COVID-19 losses via the California Venues Grant Program

Restored funding for the State Capitol Annex Project 

Restored funding for the California Indian Heritage Center

$1 million to Sacramento City College’s Child Development Center for renovations & improvements to childcare center

$250,000 to the Gender Health Center to help with Workforce development

$125,000 to the Sojourner Truth Museum to fund a library and media center for computers, interactive displays, reading room and workshops

$250,000 to NeighborWorks - Oak Park Farmer's Market for its Veggie Valet mobile refrigerated truck program

$275,000 to Oak Park Little League Field for a scoreboard and field renovations

$275,000 to Airport Little League Field for diamond 4 field renovation, T-ball diamond renovation

$350,000 to Granite Regional Playground to build a children's playground next to the dog park at Granite Regional Park

$450,000 to Alchemist For acquisition of property in the River District for a new food incubator hub known as the Alchemist Public Market.

$100,000 to Sacramento’s Girls on the Run Program for stipends to coaches and fully fund teams at title 1 schools in District 7 that don’t have access to the program.

$1 million to Hiram Johnson High School to fund an afterschool sports program, sports facility, lighting and Career and Technical Education courses

$1 million for improvements to the Winn Park Building for the Latino Center of Art and Culture to take over

$500,000 to Capitol Kids After School Program at schools in the Robla School District focusing on support and services for Occupational Therapy and Speech Development

$150,000 for Street Vendor Training and Assistance

$200,000 to reconstruct a portion of the median on the Jack Rabbit Trail Crossing at Arena Blvd. Improvements will provide a safer bike and pedestrian crossing on the roadway

$250,000 to install new lighting at the Sacramento Softball Complex


2022 Priority Bills

Education

Universal Transitional Kindergarten: Establishes a system of support to help ensure successful Transitional Kindergarten implementation.

Foster Care Youth Expulsions and Suspensions: Requires a foster student's court appointed attorney to be notified of any suspension, pending suspensions, involuntary school transfers, and expulsions.

Student Housing: Creates a state revolving loan fund for UC, CSU & CCCs to borrow funding to build & provide affordable campus student housing.

Criminal Justice Reform

Deadly Force Investigations: Provides statewide guidelines for multi-agency law enforcement responses in Officer-Involved Deaths.

Environmental Protections

Clean Cars for Equity Act: Supports the State’s goal in reaching 100% zero emissions vehicles by 2035 in order to achieve the State’s climate and air quality goals.  

Additional

County Officer Elections: Would make changes to Sheriff, DA & Assesors’ elections to run concurrent w/Presidential elections.

Immigrant Residency Bill: Improves access to English Second Language courses for immigrants and refugees.