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Bills Introduced by Monrovia's State Senator and Assemblyman

Here is a list of bills introduced this year into the State Senate by Senator Carol Liu, and into the State Assembly by Assemblyman Chris Holden, both of whom represent Monrovia.

Bills introduced this year by State Senator Carol Liu (D):

- SB 827 would extend a law governing how LA County sends out notices indicating deeds, quitclaim deeds, or deeds of trust have been recorded. ( ) Comment: LA County can't figure out how to do this by itself?

- SB 833 would authorize a program so prisoners may voluntarily stay in the pokey up to another 16 hours after their release time so they can be discharged to a treatment center or during daytime hours.

- SB 914 would allow mobility-impaired seniors or dependent adults to have a representative speak for them in small claims court.

- SB 977 would make "technical, nonsubstantive changes" changes to law regarding dependency court court for minors.

- SB 999 would make "technical, nonsubstantive changes" to the CalFresh Employment and Training Program.

- SB 1009 would authorize the Secretary of State to decide whether to keep or throw out state records, using "professional archival practices."

- SB 1023 would provide assistance for foster children in community colleges.

- SB 1055 would "provide funding for the expansion and renovation of existing school health centers."

- SB 1060. If the state has enough money, this bill would require school districts, county offices of education, charter schools, and the state special schools to provide programs of professional growth for teachers, administrators, and paraprofessional educators or other classified employees involved in the direct instruction of pupils.

- SB 1093. "This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that requires regional centers to provide services in a culturally and linguistically competent manner..."

- SB 1105 would make it easier for students to register to vote.

- SB 1123 would require "the Superintendent of Public Instruction to develop standards for the implementation of quality programs." ( ) Comment: The state has to TELL the superintendent to develop standards?

- SB 1143 would add requirements for school districts offering independent study:

Bills introduced this year by Assemblyman Chris Holden (D):

- AB 1066 would "state the intent of the Legislature to promote infrastructure development."

- AB 1239 would make nonsubstantive changes to a law regarding state contracts with "sweatshops."

- AB 1451 would make changes to rules governing high school students taking classes at community colleges.

- AB 1526 would extend to 2018 a wiretapping law that requires the Attorney General to submit an annual report to the Legislature, the Judicial Council, and the Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts regarding these interceptions ( ). Comment: Well ... okay, but just to 2018? How about until, like, uh, forever? What happens in 2018 that makes it okay for law enforcement to start spying on people without oversight?

- AB 1543 would require employers contemplating mass layoffs or relocations to also notify the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development along with the other agencies that must already be notified ( ). Comment: Ya know, if the point of this is to give the state time to try to persuade companies not to move to Texas, wouldn't it be easier just to make the state more business-friendly?

- AB 1551 would prohibit someone from using a licensed engineer's documents without the consent of the licensed engineer.

- AB 1557 would add to the board of governors of the California Community Colleges board one voting student member who is a member or former member of the armed forces of the United States ( ). Comment: As a former armed forces member, I gotta say this sounds like an utterly unnecessary proposal.

- AB 1566 would increase penalties for stealing kitchen grease.

- AB 1586 would require state agencies handing out contracts to give priority to "qualified" applicants "who are receiving or have exhausted entitlement to unemployment insurance benefits, veterans of the Armed Forces or the National Guard, on parole or were formerly convicted of a crime for which time was served in state prison, and residents of a targeted employment area." ( ) Comment: I appreciate the desire to help these folks, but doesn't this virtually ensure that the state ends up hiring merely "qualified" applicants when it could be hiring highly qualified applicants?

- AB 1672 would require school districts send truancy information, broken down by gender, ethnicity, etc., to the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

- AB 1747 says, "It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to prevent human trafficking and prostitution in massage therapy establishments."

- AB 1753. Life is too short to try to untangle this. Something about regional centers and something called "vendorization."

- AB 1767 would increase penalties for dumping junk in the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.

- AB 1912 would promote President Barack Obama in California history books.

- AB 1921 would make some records of companies doing business with the state open to public inspection, and would require such companies to maintain these records.

-AB 1940 would establish a pilot grant program overseen by the State Department of Education to award grants to cover the costs associated with high schools establishing or expanding its advanced placement curriculum in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

- AB 1941 would expand the board of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority from 14 to 16 members.

- AJR 33 "would urge the United States Department of Defense to include the names of the 74 fallen sailors of the Destroyer U.S.S. Frank E. Evans (DD 754) on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial."

- Brad Haugaard

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