Assemblymember Garcia Introduces Two Measures on the First day of Session

For immediate release:

Residency Transparency and Child Safety Measure

(Sacramento) –Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell-Gardens) kicked off her new role as Assistant Majority Floor Leader by introducing two measures on the first day of the 2014-15 Legislative session.

As a firm believer in ethics and transparency in government and as an advocate for the protection of children, Garcia has introduced the following measures:

AB 31 – Residency Transparency: This bill will aid Legislators and the public by clarifying issues surrounding residency requirements for elected officials.

The bill is inspired by former State Senator Rod Wright’s and Los Angeles City Councilmember Richard Alarcón’s legal cases, where both  were indicted on perjury and voter fraud charges for not living in their district and lying in campaign disclosure.  Garcia’s legislation seeks to clarify that the presumption of residency shall only apply if the address on that public official’s current affidavit of voter registration is where they have actually lived –their domicile -- for a specified period of time.

There have been other cases where domicile issue have come to light, yet the public officials accused were not charged with perjury and voter fraud because each county interpreted and enforced the law differently.

Garcia is hopeful that the bill will trigger a larger conversation about the vagueness and fairness of current law which allows county district attorneys to interpret and enforce the law differently. Assemblymember Garcia hopes that by clarifying the law, district attorneys across the state will apply the law more consistently.

“Current residency law is very vague and the public should demand that their representatives live in the districts where they were elected,” Garcia said. “We desperately need a framework to hold elected officials accountable and ensure the laws are applied consistently and fairly across the state. I will work with my colleagues to find a solution to this growing problem.”

AB 53 –Child Car Seat Safety: This bill would require children, up to two years old, to sit in rear facing car seats.

Research has found that children under two years old are seventy five percent less likely to die or face severe injuries if they are facing the rear of the vehicle. 

According to medical professionals the heads of young children are heavier and their necks and spinal cords are not fully developed. In an accident, young children facing forward have a greater chance of injuring their spines and even breaking their necks due to the impact

“With this simple adjustment, California will lead the way in averting needless tragedy and saving the lives of countless children.,” Garcia said.

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The 58th Assembly District includes the cities of Montebello, Pico Rivera, Commerce, Bell Gardens, Downey, Norwalk, Bellflower, Cerritos and Artesia.

CONTACT: Elena Lee, (916) 319-2058