End of Session
I want to share some important budget and legislative highlights from the year that will impact our community and state.
Regarding the state budget, the Legislature approved a balanced, on-time spending plan that made historic investments in public education, expanded access to healthcare and made critical investments to protect the environment, pay down the state’s debt and build important rainy days reserves to protect the state from economic uncertainty.
The Legislature also had one of the most productive years in memory, addressing a number of issues important to residents in the greater Sacramento area and affirming California’s progressive approach to the challenges that face us. From making a generational investment in our roads and highways, working to address homelessness and the growing housing crisis, showing global leadership in our fight against climate change and protecting our undocumented friends and neighbors, and working closely with Governor Jerry Brown, we demonstrated what can be accomplished when Californians work together for the greater good.
I am especially grateful for the many phone calls, emails, letters and tweets I received from constituents throughout the 7th Assembly District that provided important feedback and input into our budget and legislative successes.
As I prepare for the 2018 legislative year, I welcome your ideas and suggestions for potential legislation. Please feel free to email me your ideas to: Assemblymember.McCarty@Assembly.ca.gov or call the District Office at (916) 324-4676.
It is an honor to represent you in the California State Assembly.
Assemblymember, 7th District
PROGRESSIVE WINS FOR THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
We made historic investments in housing affordability, clean air, clean energy, transportation, and ensuring every Californian has access to safe and fun parks.
2018 Park Bond: Parks are central to the health and vitality of communities throughout our state. The Lower American River Parkway is a jewel in our state, where people can access nature and promote healthier lifestyles for themselves and their family. I was proud to fight this year for a $4 billion statewide park bond, which will include at least $10 million to support the Lower American River Conservancy that will go to the voters in November 2018. This money will be essential to help protect the Parkway’s fragile environment and help more families access the Parkway for generations to come.
Leadership to Address Homelessness and Housing Crisis: California’s housing and homelessness crisis is getting worse by the day. I was proud to work on a legislative package this year that will make record investments in affordable housing for Californians struggling with high rents and unattainable home prices. Among the new laws passed to address the housing crisis, the Legislature approved a $4 billion housing bond that will go to the voters in November 2018. These funds will help communities like ours build more affordable housing so that more Californians can achieve the American dream.
Battling Climate Change: The Legislature continued to provide global leadership in addressing climate change by successfully extending California’s cap-and-trade program through 2030. Climate change is one of the greatest threats to the health and safety of our state and nation. I was proud to help lead California’s bi-partisan effort to fight climate change and will continue to fight for legislation that will protect our environment now and for generations to come.
Governor Brown’s Climate Change Bill Signing
Treasure Island, San Francisco
IMPORTANT LEGISLATIVE VICTORIES
Governor Brown signed all twelve bills that I authored this year, which will help residents in our community and throughout the state.
Assembly Bill (AB) 19 (joint authored with Assemblymembers Santiago and Chiu) will make the first year of community college free for all first time, full-time students.
Free Community College Press Conference
Sacramento City Community College
Sacramento is Proud to stand with Los Rios Community College Chancellor Brian King, Los Rios Community College Trustee Pam Haynes, President of Los Rios College Federation of Teachers Dean Murakami, President of Sacramento Asian-Pacific Chamber of Commerce Pat Fong Kushida and student advocates in support of Assembly Bill 19
AB 343 improves access to community college education for refugees arriving in California.
AB 424 makes sure that all California schools are gun-free.
AB 562 (joint authored with Assemblymembers Muratsuchi and Ting) imposes a $5,000 fine on any person interfering with a state audit.
AB 581 strengthens oversight and transparency for skilled worker apprenticeship and job training programs.
AB 746 (joint authored with Assemblymember Gonzalez Fletcher ) protects students from lead exposure by requiring schools to test for lead in their drinking water.
AB 848 protects California workers by prohibiting the University of California and California State University from outsourcing higher education jobs overseas.
AB 864 makes it easier for more young people to participate in the California Conservation Corps program.
AB 1008 gives job seekers a fair chance at employment by prohibiting inquiring about past convictions on initial applications. Read the letter that singer John Legend wrote to Governor Brown in support of this bill: Read his letter.
With Assembly Bill 1008 Sponsors and Advocates
Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, Time for Change Foundation, National Employment Lawyers Association, All of Us or None
AB 1226 modernizes the governance structure of the Sacramento-Yolo Port Commission.
AB 1303 allows a UV film to be applied to a vehicle’s windshield to protect individuals with sensitivity to UV light.
AB 1674 (joint authored with Assemblymembers Grayson and Baker) prioritizes the enrollment of California residents at the University of California.