Senator Newman’s First Session is Successful Sends Total of 11 Bills to Governor Brown
Sacramento, CA – As the first year of the 2017–18 Legislative session comes to an end, Senator Josh Newman has sent 11 bills to the Governor’s desk and passed several important Senate resolutions. In his first year representing the 29th District, Senator Newman has focused his policy efforts on assisting Veterans, public health, local infrastructure, and education. As of the close of the legislative session this past Friday, the following measures have been sent to the Governor, three have already been signed into law:
SB 52 – Beach Blvd Relinquishment: Will allow for the relinquishment of the portion of State Route 39/Beach Boulevard located in Anaheim, thereby allowing the city to make necessary safety and other improvements which will aid in revitalization.
SB 374 – Federal Mental Health Conformity: Will require individual and group health insurance policies that cover mental health and substance use disorder benefits to comply with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. Signed by Governor Brown on July 31
SB 442 – Public Health: Pool Drowning Prevention: Will update California’s existing Pool Safety Act and work to eliminate residential pool drownings in California by requiring two barriers to accessing the pool.
SB 455 – Pre-transfer Enrollment for Military Children: Allows military families moving to California to register their children for school in advance of their move, so long as they provide proof of residence within 10 days of their arrival in California. Signed by Governor Brown on Sept 11
SB 503 – “Keep Arts in Schools” and “Protect Our Coasts” Funds: Will extend the voluntary tax check-off for the Keep Arts in Schools Fund and the Protect Our Coasts and Oceans Fund.
SB 570 – CalWORKs: GI Bill Income: Will clarify the rules governing income and eligibility for CalWORKs to exempt education-related benefits to Veterans and surviving family members while preserving eligibility for key public assistance programs serving veterans and their families.
SB 673 – Pet Lover’s License Plate Fund: Will free funds that have been raised by the sale of Pet Lover’s license plates for disbursement to low-cost spay and neuter programs statewide, thereby taking pressure off the state’s overcrowded animal shelters and saving the lives of thousands of cats and dogs.
SB 728 – Disability Leave for State Employees in the National Guard: Will grant a state employee who serves as a member of the National Guard and sustains a military service-connected disability an additional credit for sick leave to have service-related issues addressed prior to returning to civilian employment.
SB 731 – Disability Leave for Certificated or Classified School Employees in the National Guard: Will grant a certificated or classified school employee who serves as a member of the National Guard and sustains a military service-connected disability an additional credit for sick leave to have service-related issues addressed prior to returning to civilian employment.
SB 747 – National Guard Officer Appointments: Will allow commissioned officers of the California National Guard who relocate outside California to retain their commissions and continue to serve in their California National Guard units. Signed by Governor Brown on Sept 1
SB 776 – Incarcerated Veterans: Will provide incarcerated veterans with assistance in accessing and managing the benefits and claims to which they will be eligible upon release, reducing recidivism and aiding in their reentry into society upon release.
In addition to the bills listed above, Senator Newman authored several important resolutions that were adopted this session:
SCR 42 – Arab American Heritage Month: Proclaimed the month of April 2017 as Arab American Heritage Month.
SCR 55 – Purple Heart Day: Declared August 7, 2017, as Purple Heart Day in California.
SCR 65 – Military and Veteran Suicide Prevention: Proclaimed September 3, 2017, to September 9, 2017, inclusive, as Military and Veteran Suicide Prevention Awareness Week in California.
SCR 82 – Neonatal Nurses Day: Designated September 15, 2017 as Neonatal Nurses Day.
The Governor has until October 15th to sign or veto all legislation sent to his desk.