I am very proud of the successful and productive year in the Assembly, which saw the passage of nine bills from both the Assembly and State Senate; five of which have already been signed into law, including the Armenian Genocide Education Act.
This session, we reaffirmed California as a leader of forward-thinking policy. We passed vital legislation to help our film and aerospace industries become competitive and bring jobs back home. We passed a landmark ban on single-use plastic bags and passed the first ever kill switch for smartphones – protecting consumers from identity and property theft. We also passed legislation providing paid sick days and ensuring rental units remain affordable to help hard-working families.
We tackled some of California’s worst crises, passing critical legislation to address struggles with water and job losses to other states.
- AB 1839, a bill that triples our existing film production tax credits; saving film jobs here and bring jobs back home.
- AB 1739 and the recently passed Water Bond focuses squarely on ensuring that our state has enough water to satisfy its needs going forward.
- AB 577, a measure lifting the ban on light rail in the San Fernando Valley, opening the door for smarter transportation options for commuters.
- AB 1915, Armenian Genocide Education Act – a bill to encourage the inclusion and teaching of the Armenian Genocide in the Social Science course curriculum of study for 7th – 12th grades in California.
I am especially proud that AB 1915, Armenian Genocide Education Act, is now signed into law. This is an issue near and dear to my heart, having myself descended from survivors of the horrific atrocities befallen the Armenian people. Only through education and remembrance can we heal our pain and never repeat the mistakes of the past.