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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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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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Primary jurisdictions are identifying savings and efficiencies in the management of state government, reviewing and studying the implementation, operation, and effectiveness of state programs and agencies.

Committee on Local Government

Primary jurisdictions are General Plan, land use, housing element, local agency formation commissions (LAFCO), city and county organization and powers, special district governance and finance, special taxes, Subdivision Map Act, Brown Act, Public Records Act, redevelopment (as it relates to governance and financing), infrastructure financing districts, local government finance, charter cities and counties, eminent domain, joint powers authorities, Williamson Act, design-build (for local governments), military base reuse, public private partnerships (for local governments), state mandates, county clerks/ recorders, and civil grand juries.


Primary jurisdiction includes agriculture, agricultural chemicals, agricultural commodities and commissions, Department of Food and Agriculture, Department of Pesticide Regulation, economic poisons, expositions and fairs, food labeling, labeling of agricultural commodities, livestock and poultry, marketing law, milk and milk products, pest management and pesticides, and veterinary issues relative to agriculture.


Primary jurisdiction is fiscal bills, including bonds and alternative public financing.

Business and Professions

Primary jurisdictions are consumer protection; Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) occupational licensing (medical and non-medical), including private postsecondary and vocational education; creation and elimination of regulatory agencies, boards and commissions under DCA; Department of General Services, charitable solicitations; and product labeling (excluding agriculture and medical).

Utilities and Commerce

Primary jurisdictions are public utilities; the California Public Utilities Commission; the California Energy Commission; the California Independent System Operator; Electricity Oversight Board; energy companies; common carriers; electricity; alternative energy development and conservation; natural gas; wireless, wireline and cable communications; international trade; Women and Minority Business Enterprises; and tourism.

Water, Parks, and Wildlife

Primary jurisdictions are water resources, flood management, fish and game, parks and recreation, and wildlife.

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