What a week it has been. As we head into Memorial Weekend‚ a time to honor the lives of U.S. military personnel laid down for our country‚ I want to highlight some important information for our district as well as a few updates from the Capitol.
- Fentanyl Bills: Earlier this week‚ Republicans and Democrats‚ alike‚ voted to pass several bills to crack down on the fentanyl epidemic that is plaguing our communities and targeting our children. Months of fighting for these bills to be heard and helpful calls into the Assembly Public Safety Committee from many of you helped push these bills forward. Well done. Thank you for making your voices heard on this important matter. While this is a significant victory in preventative measures‚ education‚ and overdose response‚ what these bills lack is consequences for criminals who are bringing this poison into our communities. There is still much work to be done in this area‚ and my hope is our Democrat colleagues begin to see that this issue requires both a public health and a public safety response. Education and prevention must be paired with consequences for criminals in order to be truly effective. Below is a list of bills the Assembly unanimously passed regarding fentanyl:
- AB 19 – Requires schools to keep Narcan available on campus
- AB 33 – Creates a Fentanyl Addiction and Overdose Prevention Task Force
- AB 461 – Makes fentanyl test strips available on college campuses
- AB 474 – Fosters cooperation between the State Threat Assessment Center and local law enforcement for fentanyl enforcement
- AB 701 – Creates a sentencing enhancement for possessing enough fentanyl to kill at least half a million people
- AB 889 – Ensures parents are taught about the dangers of fentanyl
- AB 890 – Creates a fentanyl-specific probation class for those convicted of fentanyl crimes
- AB 915 – Teaches students to recognize overdoses and how to use Narcan
- AB 1060 – Requires insurers to cover the cost of Narcan
- AB 46: I co-authored this bill as a bi-partisan effort to provide tax exemptions for military pensions and their surviving spouses. Several attempts at this important legislation have failed in the past but my colleagues and I remain steadfast. My friend and the bill’s author said this of AB 46: “California is the only state to tax the pensions of our military personnel. We need to make the state more veteran friendly and honor the many sacrifices of our armed services personnel and their spouses.” This bill recently passed off the Assembly Floor and now moves on to the Senate. Its passage this week is especially significant as we head into Memorial Day weekend.
- AB 1402: A bill I authored to remove the financial burden of medical evidentiary exams for victims of child abuse or neglect passed off of the Assembly Floor in a unanimous bi-partisan vote of 77-0. Thank you to Dr. Dugan in Redding for your collaboration on this important piece of legislation. As I prepare to present AB 1402 in the Senate I look forward to reporting back to you with more news of its success. As always‚ you can view any of my legislation on my website here.
It’s been a busy week on the Assembly Floor and I look forward to providing you with even more updates on legislation in next week’s newsletter. Until then‚ I am filled with gratitude for the U.S. military men and women who put their lives on the line every day to fight for our country and protect our freedom. As we approach Memorial Day‚ I am especially aware of what that costs. To our military families in the 1st Assembly District‚ thank you for your sacrifice. Enjoy the weekend‚ everyone!
Assemblywoman Megan Dahle
|Memorial Day Safety Tips|
It’s a holiday weekend which means additional travelers on the roads and in recreation areas. Please be safe on the road and take the following precautions when traveling:
|Armed Forces Day Event|
Last weekend‚ Team Dahle traveled to Grass Valley to celebrate our service men and women for Armed Forces Day. During the event we had the opportunity to honor the last living survivor of the Pearl Harbor attack on the USS Arizona‚ Lieutenant Commander Lou Conter. Several local elected officials and community leaders were present to celebrate the Lieutenant Commander on his incredible life and career. This summer‚ Lieutenant Commander Conter will celebrate his 102nd birthday.
We are thankful for all of the men and women who sacrifice to serve our great nation‚ and the opportunity to recognize them during Armed Forces Day and every day.
|Rebates for Installing Energy Storage|
The California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) is offering rebates for installing energy storage technology at both residential and non-residential facilities. These storage technologies include battery storage systems that can function during a power outage. Depending on the battery and frequency of use‚ batteries can provide power for several hours‚ or longer. Battery storage can be an important component of a more robust emergency preparedness plan in the event of a power outage.
In preparation for the next wildfire season the CPUC has authorized funding of more than $1 billion through 2024 for SGIP. This funding includes prioritization of communities living in high fire-threat areas‚ communities that have experienced two or more utility Public Safety Power Shut-off (PSPS) events‚ as well as low income and medically vulnerable customers. The funds are also available for “critical facilities” that support community resilience in the event of a PSPS or wildfire.
The best way to get started in accessing SGIP is to reach out to an installer who can help navigate the application process. Use the “Find an Installer” Tool to help find an installer in your area. Learn more here.
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