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I always think it's important to report back to you what I'm working on for District 13, and as bills reach the halfway point in the legislative process I have a lot of updates. So far this year I've prioritized advancing a Higher Education Facilities Bond to provide for needed construction in our existing higher education system and a path for funding an eventual state university in Stockton. 

Continuing to fight for District 13

This year I worked on a number of issues directly affecting the people of Assembly District 13. Every day tens of thousands of our neighbors make the trip over the Altamont to work in the Bay Area, and I collaborated with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass Assembly Bill 758 to ease the commute. It establishes the Tri-Valley-San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority to plan, develop, and deliver cost-effective and responsive transit connectivity between BART and ACE.

In early October, the California State Auditor released its report on the audit I requested of the Twin Tunnels project. The Auditor brought to light that the state has no economic or financial analysis for the project, and that the Department of Water Resources was not following state law in awarding contracts. After 11 years of planning there is still no viable plan and I will continue to fight this destructive boondoggle.

After many tragic deaths at a local parachute center, I also worked on a bill to strengthen the ability of families and communities to hold negligent and unsafe parachute centers to account, where the Federal Aviation Administration has failed time and time again.

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During his campaign for president, Donald Trump made several far-reaching and severe proposals regarding immigration and undocumented immigrants.  In the opening days of his office, he has begun to sign executive orders to fulfill those campaign promises and more are rumored to be on the way. 

Despite this, there are still many questions as to the extent to which these presidential actions are legally binding and we are still awaiting actions by Congress and the courts to determine what specifically it will mean for California and its local jurisdictions.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

SACRAMENTO – A bill introduced Tuesday by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman would ban employers from seeking the salary history of job applicants, a practice that contributes to women being paid less than their male co-workers.

The bill, AB 168, prohibits employers from asking for or looking for the salary history of a job applicant, either personally or through an intermediary. A provision also requires employers to disclose to an applicant, upon request, the pay scale for a position.

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