Six of Senator Newman’s Bills Already Signed By Governor Brown

Friday, October 6 2017

Sacramento, CA – With nine days left until the Constitutional deadline for the Governor to act on all remaining legislation on his desk, Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) has already had six measures signed into law. Newman’s most recent success was on Thursday, with the signing of SB 503.

Senate Bill (SB) 503 will extend the “Keep Arts in Schools” and “Protect Our Coast and Ocean” voluntary tax contribution funds, which were both set to expire January 1, 2018. The measure extends both funds until January 1, 2025, keeping both of these vital funding sources available to the California Arts Council and California Coastal Conservancy respectively.

“I’m really proud of the success of my legislative package so far. I worked really hard to create legislation that finds common sense solutions to problems that needed to be solved in the areas of public health, public education, veterans’ affairs, and environmental protection. I thank the Governor for his commitment to pragmatic public policy,” said Newman.

The following bills authored by Newman have been signed by Governor Brown:

  • SB 455: Allows military families who move to California to register their school-aged children for school in advance of their move.
  • SB 570: Ensures veterans who would otherwise meet CalWORKs eligibility requirements aren’t denied benefits due to military benefits.
  • SB 747: Allows commissioned officers of the California National Guard who relocate outside of California to retain their commissions.
  • SB 52: Allows for the relinquishment of the portion of State Route 39 (also known as Beach Boulevard) located in Anaheim, thereby allowing the city to make necessary safety and other improvements which will aid in revitalization.
  • SB 374: Requires individual and group health insurance policies that cover mental health and substance use disorder benefits to comply with the Federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.
  • SB 503: Would extend until January 1, 2025, the “Keep Arts in Schools” Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund (VCF) and the “Protect Our Coasts and Oceans” Voluntary Contribution Fund.

Senate Bills 442, 673, 728, 731 and 776 still await the Governor’s signature.

State Senator Josh Newman is a veteran of the United States Army and Chair of the Senate Committee on Veteran’s Affairs. Newman represents Senate District 29 which includes cities across Orange, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino Counties.

 

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