Assemblymember Rodriguez’s Legislative Package Crosses Significant Milestone

(SACRAMENTO)- Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) achieved several legislative victories this week, moving the majority of his legislative package through the State Assembly. Tackling difficult issues, including veteran homelessness, worker rights, college affordability, DMV wait times, and autonomous vehicle safety, Assemblymember Rodriguez has received large support from constituents and Californians alike.

“I am proud to bring my 30 years of experience as an Emergency Medical Technician and public safety advocacy to the State Capitol. This has helped guide me in putting forward a common sense legislative package that works to level the playing field for everyone, improve public safety, and provide relief to the middle class. None of this is possible without the involvement, feedback, and support of my constituents,” said Rodriguez on Thursday.

Bills moving to the State Senate include:
· AB-85 General assistance: employable veterans. Would extend General Assistance benefits provided by counties to honorable discharged veterans who meet specified requirements for up to 12 months in a calendar year.
· AB-263 Emergency medical services workers. “The EMS Workers Bill of Rights” seeks to improve working conditions of private sector EMS workers by seeking adequate rest and meal breaks, and violence in the workplace that these people face on a daily basis.
· AB-301 Driver’s license: examination requirements: certificate of driving skill. This bill will reduce the backlog of commercial Drivers Licenses tests at the DMV.
· AB-623 Autonomous vehicle testing: accident reporting. Will require accidents involving self-driving vehicles resulting in injury or death to be reported within 24 hours and allowed for the testing permit to be revoked if the technology is deemed unsafe.
· AB-990 CSU and UC: estimates of off-campus housing costs. It’s time that students and parents have accurate and reliable information for the cost of off-campus housing at UCs and CSUs.
· AB-1102 Health facilities: whistleblower protections. This critical measure would protect patient safety and nurses by increasing penalties on persons who willfully violate the patient and health worker whistleblower protection law.

Additional information on legislation can be found at www.a52.asmdc.org.

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Assemblymember Rodriguez (Twitter) represents the 52nd Assembly District which includes the cities of Chino, Montclair, Ontario, Pomona and portions of unincorporated Fontana. He is Chair of The Assembly Committee on Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security.