Senator Newman’s Full Legislative Package Signed into Law
Sacramento, CA – All eleven of the bills Fullerton Senator Josh Newman sent to Governor Brown’s desk this year, have been signed into law. The final bill awaiting Brown’s signature, Senate Bill (SB) 673, was signed into law on Saturday. The measure will allow the Department of Food and Agriculture to distribute funds collected by Pet Lovers Specialized license plate to low and no cost spay and neuter programs throughout the state.
Said Newman: “My first year in office has been really fulfilling. I came to office to write legislation that was pragmatic and problem solving. I’m grateful that Governor Brown and my colleagues in the legislature could see that. We achieved important victories in the areas of veteran’s affairs, education, public health and the environment.”
The following eleven bills authored by Senator Newman are now law:
- 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 442: Updates the 20-year-old Swimming Pool Safety Act to prevent drowning fatalities across the state by requiring an additional layer of safety in residential and public pools, while also requiring inspection of pool safety measures as part of the sale and transfer of a home in California.
- SB 455: Allows military families who move to California to register their school-aged children for school in advance of their move.
- SB 503: Extends until January 1, 2025, the “Keep Arts in Schools” Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund (VCF) and the “Protect Our Coasts and Oceans” Voluntary Contribution Fund.
- SB 570: Ensures veterans who would otherwise meet CalWORKs eligibility requirements aren’t denied benefits due to military benefits.
- SB 673: Allows California Department of Food and Agriculture to distribute funds raised by the sale of the Specialized Pet Lovers license plate to low cost spay and neuter programs.
- SB 728: Grants 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: Grants 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: Allows commissioned officers of the California National Guard who relocate outside of California to retain their commissions.
- SB 776: Requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to assign employees to state prisons to assist incarcerated veterans in applying for and receiving federal benefits for which they may be eligible.
Senator Josh Newman represents the 29th Senate District, which includes cities across Orange, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino Counties.