Women’s Caucus Addresses Priorities and Issues Affecting California

Menstrual Product Access Bill Advances

(Sacramento) –Assemblymember Cristina Garcia’s (D-Bell Gardens) legislation to provide free menstrual products in Title 1 schools, AB 10, today was approved by the Assembly. 

Bill to Prevent Emission Cheats Progresses in Legislature

(Sacramento) – Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia’s (D- Bell Gardens), legislation to provide new tools and resources to the Air Resources Board (ARB) today passed off the Assembly Floor.  The bill would enable ARB to stay current on new vehicle technologies that could violate California’s clean air laws, like Volkswagen was discovered to have done last year.

Expanded LA River Ranger Program Advances in Legislature

(Sacramento) – A bill to unify the public space management of the LA River with the expansion of the LA River Rangers Program today was approved by the State Assembly.  The bill, AB 1558, by local Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), was brought forward by the Lower Los Angeles River Group established by AB 530 (Rendon/2015) and now moves to the State Senate.

Assembly Advances Measures to Thwart Lead Poisoning

(Sacramento) – Two bills today advanced out of the Assembly that will strengthen lead detection in California, particularly with children.  Assembly Bill 247 by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) establishes a Lead Advisory Task Force per a 2016 Independent Review Panel (IRP) recommendation passed unanimously.  Assembly Bill 1316 by Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) would improve the blood lead level testing for children ages 0-5 and passed 54-4.

Governor Brown Tours District with Assemblywoman Garcia

Environmental Justice Focus of Visit

(Bell Gardens)- Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia showed Governor Brown around the 58th Assembly District today, touring areas relevant to her environmental justice mantra.  Garcia, as well as the Governor, have both committed to extending the cap and trade program in California with Garcia pushing for air quality regulations as components of the program’s next phase as outlined in her bill, AB 378.

Bill to Halt CA Polluters Passed in Assembly

(Sacramento) – Legislation allowing Air Quality Management District’s (AQMD’s) to immediately cease operations at facilities endangering the public today was approved by the State Assembly. The bill, AB 1132, is authored by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D- Bell Gardens).  The bill received bipartisan support and months of negotiations resulted in no stakeholder opposition upon today’s vote.

Tampon Tax Repeal Bill Again Advances in Legislature

(Sacramento) – A bill to repeal the tax charged on menstrual health products advanced in the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee yesterday, despite the chairman’s opposition.  This is the second attempt by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) to create a gender neutral tax code.  Last year the bill passed through the legislature nearly unanimously only to be vetoed by the Governor who cited a resulting loss of funds if the tax is removed.

Rape Definition in CA to Include “Stealthing”

(Sacramento) – A bill addressing the ongoing threats of rape culture was introduced yesterday at the Planned Parenthood Day of Action Rally in Sacramento. Adding “stealthing” to the definition of rape in California, AB 1033 (Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens) further expands the law on behalf of rape victims. 

Rancho Los Amigos Center to be Recognized as Expert Facility

(Sacramento) –A bill to designate Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitant Center as a ‘rehabilitation innovation center’ advanced in the State Assembly with a 14-1 vote. Assembly Bill 1411, by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), was brought forward by constituents during the Assemblywoman’s annual ‘There Ought to be a Law’ contest, which was won with this proposal.