Women’s Caucus Addresses Priorities and Issues Affecting California

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.

Assembly Advances Climate Change Goals, Air Quality Provisions Added Tools Added to Promote CA’s Leadership Role in Climate Protection

(Sacramento) – California’s position as a leader in addressing climate change advanced further with the successful passage of three Assembly bills in the Natural Resources Committee.  The bills continue to put California at the forefront of fact-based climate change policy that is the most progressive in the nation and builds upon landmark legislation the Governor signed in 201

Bill to Halt CA Polluters Advances

AB 1132 Empowers AQMD’s Enforcement Authority for Imminent Danger to the Public

(Sacramento) – Legislation allowing Air Quality Management Districts (AQMD’s) to immediately cease operations at facilities endangering the public today passed the Assembly Natural Resources Committee with a 7-3 vote. The bill, AB 1132, is authored by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D- Bell Gardens).

“When it’s determined an operator is polluting a community at toxic levels, immediate action is necessary to protect the public,” said Cristina Garcia, Chair of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee.  “One day is a day too long to knowingly allow it to continue.”

Menstrual Product Access Bill Advances Unanimously

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Cristina Garcia’s (D-Bell Gardens) legislation to provide free menstrual products in schools, universities and homeless shelters, AB 10, today was approved by the Assembly Housing & Community Development Committee with a unanimous vote.