Back in Session


And just like that‚ the Assembly is back in session! If you’re new to receiving my weekly newsletter‚ here is what you can expect to receive each week:

  • Resources: State agencies offer various resources‚ but they aren’t always easy to find. My team gathers helpful information such as wildfire recovery resources‚ power outage maps‚ and information about stimulus payments which you can find in our weekly newsletter.
  • Legislative Updates: Now that the Assembly is back in session‚ this newsletter is where you’ll find information on key legislation‚ legislation that you’ve written to my office about‚ bills I’m running or collaborating on‚ and more. With literally thousands of bills being pushed through the Senate and Assembly each year‚ my team and I prioritize sending you clear breakdowns on the legislative news you – our constituents – care about. If you’d ever like to send us a message about legislation‚ you can do so here.
  • District News: We are firm believers that the 1st Assembly District is the best district in California‚ and we love sharing about the people and communities within it. If you know of any events we should highlight in your community‚ please let us know. We’d love to highlight those stories in our weekly newsletter and social media. You can find my Facebook here‚ Instagram here‚ and Twitter here.

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Assemblywoman Megan Dahle

Human Trafficking Awareness Month
Human Trafficking Awareness Month

January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Every year‚ the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) law enforcement alone identifies hundreds of girls‚ boys‚ women‚ and men as victims of human trafficking in the United States. The National Human Trafficking Hotline also receives thousands of contacts annually from people all across the U.S.

According to the DHS‚ human traffickers use various forms of force‚ fraud‚ and coercion to control and exploit victims. These forms include imposing of debt‚ fraudulent employment opportunities‚ false promises of love or a better life‚ psychological coercion‚ and violence or threats of violence. The crime of human trafficking hinges on the exploitation of another person. People often falsely believe “human trafficking” implies victims must be moved from one place to another to qualify as a victim. Human trafficking does not require transportation to be considered a crime. It is a crime that can be committed against an individual who has never left his or her hometown.

This year‚ I coauthored Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 97‚ which recognizes the month of January 2024 as National Human Trafficking Awareness Month in California to officially recognize the month of January as National Human Trafficking Awareness Month in California. Solving this problem begins with raising awareness. Learn more about human trafficking here.


New FAFSA Application Available Now

The 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now a simplified form‚ soft-launched by the U.S. Department of Education on Dec. 31. California students get an extended deadline for financial aid applications due to the delay in release.

The new FAFSA is streamlined‚ with fewer questions‚ expanded Pell Grant eligibility‚ and integration with the IRS. It aims to be quicker and more efficient‚ which is great news for applicants. Learn more about the updated FAFSA application here.


CalTrans Winter Weather (2)
Tips for Driving in Winter Weather from Caltrans

Before You Leave Home:
  • Check brakes‚ battery‚ wipers‚ defroster‚ heater‚ headlights‚ and exhaust system.
  • Ensure proper tire pressure and tread‚ consider new tires if needed.
  • Pack essentials: chains‚ ice scraper‚ shovel‚ flashlight‚ blankets‚ water‚ non-perishable food‚ and a cell phone charger.
  • Fill up on gas and carry a spare key.
  • Use the QuickMap app for real-time road updates and chain control notifications.
  • Check resources like One-Stop-Shop‚ Caltrans Hotline‚ your local Caltrans social media pages‚ or the Caltrans website for information‚ as well.
On the Road:
  • Follow Caltrans and CHP guidance‚ especially in chain control areas.
  • Be vigilant for debris in steep areas‚ particularly in burn scar zones.
  • Avoid non-highway alternative routes during closures and check local agencies for updates.
  • Reduce speed on wet roads; even small amounts of water affect tire grip.
  • Drive cautiously in poor visibility‚ leave extra stopping distance.
  • Maintain a safe distance around emergency personnel and snow removal equipment.
  • Ensure headlights are on while driving in the rain (required by law in California).
Remember‚ road conditions can shift quickly‚ so stay informed while driving to adapt to changes promptly.


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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.