Women’s Caucus Addresses Priorities and Issues Affecting California

Garcia “NO Tax on Tampons” Passes Out of Senate Appropriations

(Sacramento) – A step closer to bringing gender equity to our state tax code, today the Senate Appropriations Committee approved Assembly Bill 1561, a bill to ban taxation on women’s menstrual products in California.

The measure, joint authored by Democratic Assemblymember Cristina Garcia and Republican Ling Ling Chang, would exempt tampons, sanitary napkinsmenstrual cups, and menstrual sponges from state sales and uses taxes.

Government Reform AB 779-Transparency Bill Moves Out of Committee

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) AB 779 an important compensation transparency bill passed out of the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance; AB 779 expands on the work local entities and the State Controller’s Office (SCO) are already doing to increase local government transparency. This bill requires cities, counties, and special districts to annually post on their websites the names, positions, and total compensation of all elected officials. By featuring the information in a prominent and consistent location, local residents will have better access to this information.

"Unfortunately, abuses like those that occurred in the city of Bell are still happening," said Assemblymember Garcia. "The public has a right to know how much their elected officials are paid. The shell games must end."

Assemblymember Garcia to Honor “Veteran of the Year”

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Cristina Garcia announces Lewie Woodson as her 2016 “Veteran of the Year,” for the 58th Assembly District.

In recognition as “Veteran of the Year” Assemblymember Garcia honored Lewie Woodson for his service to the community at a recognition luncheon in Sacramento, with honorees from throughout the state.

“Lewie knows firsthand the difficulties that people face in time of war, often unspoken and unshared,” Garcia said. “He received a Medal of Good Conduct for his years of service in the United States Air Force and has served as a good example of a local hero that gives back to his community.”

Unemployment Insurance for School Classified Employees Moves Out of Senate Committee

(Sacramento) – AB2197 passed the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee and is headed to Senate Appropriations. AB 2197 provides classified employees with equal treatment under federal law by removing the prohibition on classified school employees receiving Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits between summer and winter school breaks.   AB 2197 allows for a grace period by phasing in available benefits from two to eight weeks over a four year period.

Assemblymember Garcia applauded the members of the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee for understanding the importance of equal treatment in the work place, “Classified school employees are essential to our public schools,” Garcia said. “They strive to improve the daily lives of our children and parents. These amazing janitors, bus drivers and cafeteria workers make sure our campuses are safe, clean, and ensure our children make it to school and home safely and they deserve to have their basic needs met year round.”

Garcia “NO Tax on Tampons” Passes Out of Senate Committee

(Sacramento) – A step closer to bringing gender equity to our state tax code, the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance today approved Assembly Bill 1561, a bill to ban taxation on women’s menstrual products in California.

The measure, joint authored by Democratic Assemblymember Cristina Garcia and Republican Ling Ling Chang, would, exempt from state sales and uses taxes, tampons, sanitary napkins, menstrual cups, and menstrual sponges.

Assembly Bill 2153: Lead-Acid Battery Recycling Act

Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D – 58)

BACKGROUND

The effects of improper disposal, production, and recycling of lead-acid batteries are detrimental to our communities. Lead contamination has severe consequences, especially for young children and pregnant mothers, including cancer, birth defects, and other reproductive harm. Exide, the former operator of a battery facility that is believed to be the cause of lead contamination found in surrounding communities, has declared bankruptcy, which may make recovering cleanup costs difficult. Decontamination of the production site alone is estimated at $500 million. Exide is only one of at least 14 sites we have identified in California contaminated with lead.

Assemblymembers Garcia & Eggman Launch Movement to Redefine Rape in California

In response to the case at Stanford, the Assemblymembers will seek to update the definition of rape to meet FBI standards in California.

(SACRAMENTO)- Assemblymembers Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), Vice-Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus, and Susan Eggman (D-Stockton), Chair of the LGBT Caucus, today called on their colleagues in Sacramento to join them and pass legislation to redefine rape under California Penal Code 261.

Currently, California law defines rape as “an act of sexual intercourse” under circumstances in which a victim is unconscious or incapable of giving consent, among other criteria. In addition, other types of sexual assault in the state of California—including forcible acts of sexual penetration by any foreign object—are defined and categorized as different crimes. Under this definition, the perpetrator in the Stanford case was only convicted of sexual assault, rather than rape.

Assemblymember Introduces Government Reform Bill AB 779-Total Compensation Transparency Bill

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) introduced AB779 an important compensation transparency bill; AB 779 expands on the work local entities and the State Controller’s Office (SCO) are already doing to increase local government transparency. This bill requires cities, counties, and special districts to annually post on their websites the names, positions, and total compensation of all elected officials and the 10 employees with the greatest total compensation. By featuring the information in a prominent and consistent location, local residents will have better access to this information.

"Unfortunately, abuses like those that occurred in the city of Bell are still happening," said Assemblymember Garcia. "People should have a right to know how much their public officials are paid. The shell games must end."

Garcia “NO Tax on Tampons” Passes Out of Assembly with Strong Bipartisan Support

(Sacramento) – A step closer to bringing gender equity to our state tax code, the Assembly Floor today approved Assembly Bill 1561, a bill to ban taxation on women’s menstrual products in California.

The measure, joint authored by Democratic Assemblymember Cristina Garcia and Republican Ling Ling Chang, would, exempt from state sales and uses taxes, tampons, sanitary napkinsmenstrual cups, and menstrual sponges.

Central Basin Municipal Water District Government Reform Bill Passes Out of Assembly

(Sacramento) – An important regional governance bill cleared another hurdle; the Assembly Appropriations Committee approved Assembly Bill 1794. AB 1794 creates a new governance structure to ensure the Central Basin Municipal Water District will effectively fulfill its responsibilities, and is accountable to protect the more than two million people it serves. The bill builds on the recommendation of the State Auditor; this bill requires a seven-member Board which is currently five. Four directors will be elected by residents of the district, and three directors appointed by water purveyors of the District. It also establishes a Technical Advisory Committee which must review the District’s budget and review and approve proposed changes related to procurement and coding related to ethics, director compensation, and benefits.

Assemblymember Garcia applauded the Committee for its action in support of transparency, “I’m appreciative the Chairwoman and Appropriations members agree that in order to increase accountability a new governance structure is needed to balance input from the purveyors, who are the direct customers, with input from the public through elections.”