Limón in the Legislature: October 2018

As we approach the fall, I write to update you on where we are legislatively.

This legislative session, I focused on issues most affecting our district: recovery, preparation and aid from natural disasters. I am proud to announce that all natural disaster legislation I introduced was signed into law by the Governor. Additionally, this year we were successful in getting a total of 16 measures signed into law- all with bipartisan support, related to business & technology; the environment & natural resources; education; and health & human services.

I hope you find the information in this newsletter informative. I look forward to seeing you in the district soon.

This newsletter includes updates and information on the following topics:


Our Bills

The following bills that I authored this year were signed into law by Governor Brown and will become law on January 1, 2019:

Business & Technology

AB 2225- Critical IT Information

AB 2225 ensures consumer data and information is protected in the cloud computing system.

AB 2252- State Grant Webpage

AB 2252 requires the State Library, on or before July 1, 2020, to create a web portal that provides a centralized location for grant seekers to find state grant opportunities.

AB 2831- Green Biz

This bill seeks to make it easier for small businesses to go green by ensuring they are afforded the same amount of access to green business programs regardless of their size. 

AB 2862- Credit Union Charter Update 

AB 2862 strengthens the state charter credit union statute, giving state-chartered credit unions parity with federal credit unions and brings the law up to par with the 21st century. This legislation will allow state-chartered credit unions to remain strong and enhance the financial well-being of their members across the state.

Education

AB 1661- School Accountability

AB 1661 conforms state law to the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the 2015 successor to the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). This bill ensures school districts have clarity as to the laws that govern our educational system.

Environmental & Natural Resources

AB 1794- Ojai Basin

AB 1794 is a district bill that amends the Ojai Basin Groundwater Management Act to fill a Board vacancy created as a result of the Casitas Municipal Water District acquisition of Golden State Water Company’s Ojai Service Area and Water System. In its place, this bill requires one Resident Director to be chosen by the Board. 

AB 2864- Coastal Commission Trustee

AB 2864 allows the state’s two coastal management agencies, the CA Coastal Commission and the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, to provide critical and resource assessment assistance in the event of an oil spill. This change ensures damages caused by oil spills are evaluated, recovered, and restored to their fullest potential.

Health & Human Services

AB 417- Behavior Health Hospital

AB 417 allows the California Department of Public Health to authorize outpatient behavioral health services for a short period of time, while the hospital’s inpatient services are suspended because of fire damage. This bill was prompted by damages from the Thomas Fire, which destroyed two buildings of the Aurora Vista del Mar Hospital.

AB 1860- Oral Chemo Medication  

This bill ensures that oral cancer medication stays affordable by prohibiting health plans and insurers from charging more than $250 per month in out-of-pocket costs for each prescription.

AB 1976- New Mother’s Lactation Accommodation

AB 1976 requires that the space made available for women to express breast milk in the workplace, is not a bathroom. AB 1976 is a small change to provide additional support for working mothers, and helps to reduce a significant barrier that prevents women from continuing to breastfeed upon returning to work by ensuring that there is a private and clean space available to express breast milk.

AB 2030- Alert Act of 2018

AB 2030 will make sure victims of domestic violence and persons with disabilities are identified and provided with the proper services when participating in the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs).

Local Government & Public Safety

AB 2178- Charitable Feeding  

AB 2178 provides greater flexibility for nonprofit charitable feeding operations to serve food to the needy and to provide clear direction and guidance to operators.

AB 2774- Animal Abuse Prevention

AB 2774 protects pets from being placed into the care of convicted animal abusers by authorizing and encouraging an additional step be taken to vet the individuals seeking to adopt.

Natural Disasters & Wildfire

AB 1877- Effective and Inclusive Emergency Communication

This legislation seeks to ensure that California communities, regardless of the language they speak, have improved access to clear and accessible emergency information by incentivizing alerting authorities to translate emergency notifications into the most commonly spoken language other than English.

AB 1956- Fire Prevention Act 2018

This bill increases the scale and pace of fire prevention activities and ensure those activities happen year-round. It further creates a robust year-round local assistance grant program to aide our local communities in implementing fire prevention practices. This year’s state budget allocated $10 million to fund these activities.

AB 1981- Healthy Soils

AB 1981 includes CalFIRE in discussions on waste diversion and compost, the use of woody biomass in compost, and the use of compost on fire-damaged land.


Other Key Legislation

Below is a highlight of other key legislation approved by Governor Brown:

AB 1775 (Assemblymember Muratsuchi, Coauthor Asm. Limón): prohibits the State Lands Commission or a local trustee agency from authorizing new oil and gas drilling and production off the coast. Read the Governor’s signing press release

SB 100 (Senator De León, Coauthor Asm. Limón) - Zero-Emissions by 2045: sets a target for the state of California to reach zero-emission energy production by the year 2045. Read the Governor’s signing press release

SB 822 (Senator Wiener, Coauthor Asm. Limón) - Net Neutrality: ensures internet consumers have open and equal access to the internet. 

SB 1249 (Senator Cathleen Galgiani, Coauthor Asm. Limón) Animal Testing: makes it unlawful for a manufacturer of cosmetic products to import for profit, sell, or offer for sale in this state, any cosmetic that was developed or manufactured using an animal test on or after January 1, 2020. 


Disaster Loan Opportunity

US Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Application – Deadline October 15th:  Disaster loans are available to businesses, homeowners, and renters to help with repairs of disaster-damaged property.

The application is available online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela or you may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339.

Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is March 16, 2018. The deadline to return economic injury applications is Oct. 15, 2018.


Information on Freezing your Credit

Looking to freeze your credit? Freezing your credit report can protect your information and stop identity thieves from opening new accounts in your name, using your Social Security number. Visit the link below to learn all the facts. Remember to keep all information, including your PIN, for when you may need to unfreeze your credit report.

For more information: https://calpirg.org/feature/usp/credit-report-freeze


In the Community

I had the opportunity to visit and tour the facilities of the Santa Barbara Zoo. It was a unique opportunity to hear first-hand from the CEO and staff about their experience during the Thomas Fire. It was reassuring to hear preparation strategies in case of an emergency. We are lucky to have a dedicated team that truly cares about the well-being of its inhabitants.

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and I co-hosted the Family Health Fair, which took place on September 8th, in Santa Paula. We were fortunate to serve many families of our community. Thank you to all of the great organizations that made the event a success by providing free medical services and information on health and wellness, including mental health and tips on staying healthy.

Governor’s Global Climate Summit was held last month in San Francisco. I was among top global, National, and State environmental leaders invited to reinforce our continued commitment to lead the nation in climate policy.

It was an honor to speak on the bipartisan "California Stories Panels" alongside my colleagues from the CA Assembly. It is important to show the Nation and the globe that climate change is of great concern to all people in our communities.

It was an honor to join our community at the Commemorative Forever Stamp unveiling ceremony. Thank you to the US Post Office for honoring the dedication and hard work of our first responders with this stamp. Our first responders truly are our local heroes; they provide vital lifesaving aid to our community on a daily basis.

 

 


Upcoming Events

Art of the 37th District

Join us for Assemblymember Monique Limón’s  “Art of the 37th District” Student Art Reception where there will be Monte Vista and Ellwood Elementary School  students’ original art pieces in display.

Art of the 37th District,  is an art initiative that invites schools across the 37th State Assembly district to display visual arts at the State Assembly Office- it has been an ongoing effort since Assemlymember Monique Limón took office to engage with our local schools and youth by turning our office into a public art gallery.

The art display rotates every 4-5 months and it is returned to students. The display is accompanied by an Art Reception to welcome students and their families to appreciate all the art. It will be held Thursday, October 18th, from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Office, 101 W. Anapamu Street.

Halloween on Milpas- Wednesday October 31st 2PM- 5PM

Adelante Charter School ‘Día de Los Muertos’- Sunday, November 4th

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