(Downey) – Assemblymember Cristina Garcia is announcing the launch of her third “There Ought to Be a Law” contest for residents of the 58th Assembly District. Constituents from the cities of Montebello, Pico Rivera, Commerce, Bell Gardens, Downey, Norwalk, Bellflower, Cerritos and Artesia are invited to submit ideas or proposals for a new state law.
Entries can cover a wide range of issues that can be addressed by legislation, with the intent of improving government and the quality of life in our neighborhoods throughout the state of California.
The contest is open to people of all ages and Garcia said that she is encouraging everyone, including school aged children and college students to participate.
“I want my constituents to be my partners in setting my legislative agenda and over the last two years, our winning entries were both signed into law “Garcia said. “I encourage my constituents to share with me their bill ideas, inspired by their daily experiences - ideas that will make all of California better.”
Last year’s bill idea was submitted by the 5th grade class at Bell Gardens Elementary School. Assembly Bill 146 encourages that the “Mexican Repatriation,” the unconstitutional deportation in the 1930’s of over 1 million U.S. citizens and lawful residents of Mexican descent in California, be included in student history textbooks and studies. The new law is effective on January 1, 2016.
The year prior a submission by Sally and Ron Hoyt, from Bell Gardens, was introduced as Assembly Bill 1596, requiring all vote-by-mail applications, when completed, be mailed directly to the county registrar’s office and not to middlemen or political campaign organizations. AB 1596 became law in 2015.
Assemblymember Garcia will choose at least one winner from the contest. The winner will have the opportunity to travel to Sacramento, testify before an Assembly Committee on the merits of the bill, and have lunch with Assemblymember Garcia.
Remember, the deadline for entries is Wednesday, JANUARY 20, 2016.
Submissions will be accepted by mail, e-mail, or fax. Applications can be submitted online at: https://a58.asmdc.org/there-ought-be-law-constituent-bill-idea-contest, faxed to (562) 861-5158 or mailed to: Office of Assemblymember Garcia, 8255 Firestone Blvd. Suite 203, Downey, CA 90241
If you have any questions, please see Assemblymember Garcia’s website or call her district office at (562) 861-5803.