Assemblyman Garcia’s Local Bills Head to Assembly Floor


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Bills promote environmental, health, and economic improvements to the 56th Assembly District

SACRAMENTO — Seven bills authored by Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D- Coachella) passed the Assembly Appropriation Committee Suspense File. The bills now head to the Assembly floor for approval. Topping his bill list are three local measures:

AB 2444, Park Bond, places the California Parks, Water, Climate, Coastal Protection and Outdoor Access for All Act on the November 8, 2016 ballot, which, if approved by the voters, would authorize $2.985 billion to finance parks and outdoor access programs.

AB 2124, Safe Drinking Water in Schools, sets a framework under the State Water Resources Control Board to allocate grants to local entities for the purpose of installing water filling stations in schools.  Money for this bill will be appropriated through the 2016-2017 State Budget.

AB 2715, Farmworker Housing/Job Training, establishes the Agricultural Working Poor Energy Efficient Housing Program which will allow farmworkers to retrofit their homes for increased energy efficiency and fund green job training programs for farmworkers as well.

“We are working hard in Sacramento, so that everyone in Coachella and Imperial Valley will have cleaner air, safe drinking water, and greater access to parks in our communities. With the advancement of these bills through Appropriations, we are now a step closer to implementing environmental and economic improvements that our district so rightfully deserves,” said Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia.

AB 2394, Non-Emergency Medical Transportation, would ensure low-income beneficiaries in rural areas have access to medical care. This will allow Medi-Cal recipients to be reimbursed for transportation to and from the doctor.

AB 2900, Small Business Centers Reporting, requires a state department that awards funds to a federal small business technical assistance center to report to the Legislature in the following year.  Among other data, the department would be required to report on the number of businesses assisted, industry sectors of those businesses, and the general geographic location.

AB 2653, Climate Change Report Card,  updates the Climate Change Report Card to require state agencies that expend Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds (GGRF) funds to report on:  (1) the number of jobs created using GGRF moneys, including wage levels and education requirements; (2) actions taken to connect residents of disadvantaged communities and other targeted populations with  business, employment, and training opportunities funded in whole or in part with GGRF moneys;  (3) The number of business entities assisted with GGRF moneys, including the location, industry sector, and size;  (4) the amount of other public or private funds leveraged when businesses were assisted with GGRF moneys.

AB 2781, Supplemental Environmental Projects, directs 10% of all penalties collected by California Environmental Protection Agency boards, departments, and offices to fund environmental projects in disadvantaged communities.