Advocating for Rural Healthcare


Last week was the end of the 2023 legislative sesson. Two of my bills passed out of both houses and are currently awaiting a signature from the Governor. You can learn about my school nurses bill here‚ and my bill to increase access to exams for child abuse victims here. I also coauthored several bills that are awaiting signatures from the Governor‚ such as SB 14 which would classify human trafficking of a child as a serious felony. Learn more about SB 14 here.

During the last week of session‚ I also opposed bills which would negatively impact communities in the 1st Assembly District. Most notably‚ SB 525‚ a bill that‚ although well-intentioned‚ threatened to undermine healthcare access for our underserved populations in the rural and frontier regions of California. While I fully support compensating our medical professionals appropriately‚ I am against what this bill could do to rural healthcare centers and the underserved populations they care for.

In the last week of session‚ a closed door deal was made which pushed SB 525 through the legislature at the last possible moment. My team and I rushed to connect with our rural hospitals and healthcare centers for feedback on the bill’s last minute amendments. I am thankful to the 1st Assembly District’s healthcare leaders who responded quickly with their thoughts. Because of their feedback‚ I spoke out on the Assembly Floor in opposition of SB 525. You can view the video with my comments here.

It is important to recognize that rural areas have fewer residents‚ often due to limited employment opportunities. However‚ those working in the medical field do so out of a deep commitment to their communities. This year‚ we have witnessed hospital closures across the state‚ pushing more Californians to struggle with access to healthcare. SB 525 now stands as a reminder of the challenges we face in protecting our rural healthcare systems‚ and it motivates me to continue advocating for our communities.

I remain an avid supporter of our rural healthcare facilities and will work tirelessly to find ways to mitigate the impact of SB 525 and ensure that our communities have access to the healthcare they deserve.

Thank you for your continued trust in my commitment to representing your interests. I look forward to connecting with you all in the 1st Assembly District during the legislative recess.


Assemblywoman Megan Dahle

Native American Day & AB 516

Today is Native American Day‚ a day to honor the culture and contributions of Native Americans in our communities. California Native American Day celebrates the distinctive culture of the Native American people indigenous to California and calls attention to their triumphs and struggles that comprise their rich history.

It also marks the 2nd anniversary of AB 516 being signed into law‚ which designates cultural ceremonies as excused absences in California’s education code. The idea for this bill came directly from my district and‚ therefore‚ has a direct impact on the constituents of the 1st Assembly District as well as the entire state of California.

In recognition of the anniversary of this legislation on this important holiday‚ my office put together a video highlighting the origin of AB 516 and its impact on Native American students in the 1st Assembly District today.

Thank you to Shasta County Superintendent Judy Flores and Wintu Tribal Chairman Gary Rickard for sitting down with us to discuss the impacts of AB 516 on students and families.

And thank you to Redding Rancheria Tribal Chairman Jack Potter Jr. and team for generously sharing the cultural ceremony footage used in this video. You can view the entire video on my YouTube channel here.
CalTrans Meeting – State Route 20 in Nevada County

Staff member‚ Yolanda Cookson joined residents of the town of Washington with Nevada County Supervisor‚ Hardy Bullock‚ Washington Fire Department Chief‚ Mike Stewart and Caltrans Area Construction Engineer‚ David Catania for a public meeting hosted by Caltrans to address the temporary closure of State Route 20 (SR-20) in Nevada County‚ specifically east of Nevada City. This closure is associated with the Omega Curves Project‚ a $62.5 million initiative aimed at enhancing safety and minimizing collisions on SR-20.

The closure is scheduled in two phases. First‚ from September 24th at 7:00 p.m. to October 1st at 7:00 p.m.‚ the Lowell Hill segment between the Omega Overlook and Bear Valley will be closed‚ while the White Cloud segment will remain open with one-way traffic control. Then‚ from October 1st at 7:00 p.m. to October 6th at Noon‚ the White Cloud segment between the White Cloud U.S. Forest Service and Campground and Washington Road will be closed‚ and the Lowell Hill segment will reopen with one-way traffic control.

During these closures‚ construction crews will perform grading and paving work to establish tie-in locations for diverting traffic to the new alignment. The California Highway Patrol will enforce the closure‚ permitting access only for emergency vehicles. Alternative routes for motorists include State Route 49 and State Route 174‚ with large trucks advised to use State Route 49. Weather‚ material availability‚ or unforeseen events may impact the schedule.

The Omega Curves Project involves realigning curves on two segments near White Cloud and Lowell Hill‚ broadening shoulders‚ improving sight distance‚ and adding designated left-turn lanes near Conservation Road and Washington Road. Additionally‚ three turnouts will be constructed to facilitate safe passing and serve as traffic-enforcement locations for the CHP. Granite Construction‚ Inc. is the prime contractor‚ with project completion expected in the fall. For updates‚ visit
Shasta College Celebrates Opening of Community Leadership Center in Downtown Redding

Team Dahle attended yesterday morning’s grand opening of Shasta College’s new Community Leadership Center facility on the corner of California and Tehama in Redding. The event had an incredible turnout with several project stakeholders speaking about their vision for the new space. As put by K2 Development’s Daniel Knott‚ the new facility is “a beacon of hope” for the community and will be an excellent addition to Redding’s revitalized downtown.

The 5 story Community Leadership Center includes:

2nd Floor: Community Programs: Shasta College CalWORKs Program‚ STEP-UP‚ Foster & Kinship Care Education‚ SCI*FI Foster Youth Program‚ and Community Education

3rd Floor: Grant and Resource Program‚ Economic Workforce Development‚ and Shasta College Attainment and Innovation Lab for Equity (SCAILE)

4th Floor: Regional Services: North State Together and The Alliance Project

5th Floor: ShastaCollege Foundation‚ Innovative Growth and space for additional community partners

Congratulations to Shasta College on the completion of their Community Leadership Center located in downtown Redding. View more photos from the event here.

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Assemblywoman Dahle is Honored to Serve
Alpine County‚ Amador County‚ El Dorado County‚ Lassen County‚ Modoc County‚ Nevada County‚ Placer County‚ Plumas County‚ Shasta County‚ Sierra County‚ & Siskiyou County.