The 2018 Legislative Session is Here!
The 2018 Legislative Session is in full swing, and I hit the ground running by introducing several bills to help California move forward, including Assembly Bill (AB) 1744, which would expand after school programs, and AB 1759, which would address the housing affordability crisis.
My legislative work as Chair of Education Budget Subcommittee will continue to focus on building an educated workforce that will position our state to be competitive in a global economy. Access to high-quality, affordable education - from preschool to quality K-12 schools to higher education - is the key to prosperity for Sacramento and for California.
I can't wait to share my legislative priorities with you!
I encourage you to continue reaching out to my office with opinions and questions about policy, for assistance and resources, and to stay engaged. Please contact my District Office at (916) 324-4676 should you have any questions or concerns.
It is an honor to be of service.
Assemblymember, 7th District
In this Issue:
In the first few weeks of the 2018 Legislative Year, I introduced several pieces of priority legislation to keep California moving forward. Visit my website to stay up-to-date on my legislative priorities.
AB 1744 – Afterschool Programs
AB 1744 would expand access to the After School Education and Safety (ASES) program for children using revenues from the new marijuana tax proceeds.
AB 1750 – Sexual Harassment
AB 1750 would require the Legislature to seek to recover financial settlements paid for by taxpayers for sexual harassment cases where there is clear wrongdoing by a legislator.
AB 1754 – Early Childhood Education
AB 1754, also known as the “Pre-K for All Act of 2018,” would provide every income-eligible child access to high-quality early childhood education.
AB 1759 – Housing/Transportation
AB 1759 would incentivize cities to build more housing and provide additional road maintenance funding for cities that reach specified housing construction goals.
AB 1928 – California Conservation Corps
AB 1928 would enable quicker deployment for trained and ready CA Conservation Corps members to emergencies like floods and fires by allowing them to directly contract with local corps.
AB 1940 – Parole Reduction Credits
AB 1940 would reduce recidivism in California prisons and jails by incentivizing parolees to complete educational goals, community service, and job training beyond parole requirements.
I was proud to join Speaker Anthony Rendon and legislative colleagues on the 2018 Mission to Mexico City. During our three-days, we worked on issues of mutual importance to California and Mexico, like education, trade, and environmental issues. Our theme was: #BridgesNotWalls.
One key takeaway: Expanding higher education is critical for both California and Mexico. Of note, college costs are skyrocketing in California, but college in Mexico costs 50 cents a semester! We both committed to expanding college student exchanges, especially with a focus on training bilingual teachers.
Earlier this month, I was pleased to meet with residents in West Sacramento to answer questions and provide a State Legislative Update. If you missed this event, you can read up on issues we discussed on my website. I host Community Office Hours and Town Halls in various neighborhoods throughout the year. Stay tuned for my next event!
From L to R: Hortencia Phifer – Principal, Riverbank Elementary School, Jackie Thu-Huong Wong – Vice President, Washington Unified School District Board of Education, Sarah Kirby Gonzalez – Trustee, Washington Unified School District Board of Education, and Norma Alcala – President, Washington Unified School District Board of Education
January was filled with fun (and productive!) events, including a 40th birthday anniversary celebration for W.E.A.V.E. and walking in solidarity with Sacramentans from all walks of life at the Women’s March and the MLK March for the Dream in support of equity, inclusion and justice.
(Top L-R) McCarty family attends 2018 Women's March on Sacramento; "A Conversation with Assemblymember Kevin McCarty" Legislative Town Hall by Community College League of CA.
(Middle L-R) McCarty family attends 2018 "MLK March for the Dream"; McCarty speaks at Learning Policy Institute's Briefing State and Local Perspectives conference.
(Bottom) McCarty attends W.E.A.V.E.'s 40th Birthday celebration