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DEMS DELIVER: From San Diego to Sacramento

San Diego County has some awe-inspiring public servants fighting for us in the Sacramento legislature. 

Our state delegation has put forward bill after bill to better the lives of Californians. Thanks to the hard work of so many like you, November’s victories made it possible for that to continue. 

Assemblymember Chris Ward hit the ground running when voters sent him to Sacramento. He led efforts to ban the sale of ghost guns at gun shows in California through his introduction of Assembly Bill 311. Ghost guns are built from pre-made parts that often come in a kit and are assembled at home, requiring no expertise. They have no serial number -- making them untraceable, with no way to know where they were purchased. 

Assemblymember Ward’s bill would outlaw the sale of the component parts used to assemble ghost guns. This is significant, because there is currently no regulation around ghost gun kits even as their use is becoming increasingly popular. 

A champion for workers, Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher recently introduced a bill that would make an employer's intentional theft of wages punishable as grand theft when collectively greater than $950. 

Assemblymember Gonzalez also introduced legislation to strengthen warehouse workers’ rights against arbitrary and abusive production quota systems. “We cannot stand by while corporations like Amazon and Walmart are putting warehouse bodies on the line, just to give their customers next-day delivery,” Gonzalez said of her bill. 

Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath’s most recent bill to pass the Assembly would allocate $2.5 million to develop an early-warning-notification system for California’s coastal bluff collapses. It tasks the Scripps Institute of Oceanography with creating the science on when and why these bluffs fail and inform how to better predict these failures in the future.

Also slated to pass the Assembly this year is Boerner Horvath's bill to strengthen sexual assault victims’ rights by requiring social media content to go through the same process as other evidence. 

Assemblymember Brian Maienschein’s AB 114, which recently passed the Assembly, would expand Medi-Cal benefits to include genome sequencing for infants and those receiving inpatient hospital services in an intensive care unit. 

While scientists and medical professionals have been able to diagnose and treat rare diseases in ill newborns through rapid whole genome sequencing, that has not been an option for many families because few health insurance companies cover it. This bill closes some of the disparity in access to genome sequencing and early prevention of disease. 

Recently elected Assemblymember Akilah Weber introduced AB 207, which would establish the Pathways Through Pandemics Task Force to study lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and develop strategies to navigate future pandemics.  We look forward to more from Dr. Weber as she works with her new colleagues in Sacramento to create a more equitable and prosperous state. 

Thank you to our legislators working hard on behalf of all Californians — and a special thank-you to the many volunteers, donors, and supporters who make their service possible.