It’s been a busy last few days in the California Legislature as we come up against our end-of-session deadlines.

I’m so proud & excited to share that, in addition to #AB725, we’ve been able to move six more of my bills to Governor @GavinNewsom’s desk!

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✅ HEALTHCARE ACCESS

#AB2037 — with the Governor’s signature, our communities will have more time to respond to, or plan around, the closure of a hospital or the loss of healthcare services.

With the #COVID19 pandemic, this is as vital as ever.
✅ JUSTICE FOR SURVIVORS

#AB3092 will give more than 200 women who were sexually assaulted by ex-UCLA physician Dr. Heaps one additional year to seek justice (after years of having their cases time-barred by the statute of limitations).

They deserve this pathway to justice.
✅ KEEPING FAMILIES IN THEIR HOMES

#AB2463 would help end the unconscionable practice of creditors foreclosing on Californians' homes over small debts not tied to the house.

With a pandemic and economic crisis, we need to be doing everything we can to keep folks in their homes.
✅ PROTECTING CONSUMERS

#AB2524 ensures that existing state law is enforced against unfair & deceptive practices in the debt settlement industry.

As more Californians seek help w/debt—this is an important first step to protect those who fall victim to bad actors in this field.
✅ SHORING UP OUR SOCIAL SAFETY NET

#AB3073 would ensure that we maximize CalFresh food benefits eligibility for those leaving our criminal justice system's jails or prisons—a key factor for incarcerated individuals' healthy re-entry into society.

No one deserves to go hungry. Image
These bills join #AB1851 on the Governor’s desk.

Given the challenges we faced this legislative session, I’m very proud of what we were able to accomplish for Californians.

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9 Jan
Today, Governor @GavinNewsom released his proposed 2021-22 budget. As California begins its recovery in the wake of the #COVID19 pandemic, I’m encouraged by the Governor’s priorities & proposed investments to support Californians hardest hit by its impacts.a15.asmdc.org/press-releases…
This year’s budget, necessarily, looks very different from last year’s — and helping working families recover from the pandemic must be the lens through which all decisions are made.gov.ca.gov/2021/01/08/gov…
Above all, I’m heartened by the proposed $4.4B aimed directly at Californians’ needs in this moment — funding to get all Californians vaccinated, direct stimulus payments, and grants and fee waivers for small businesses across the state.
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6 Jan
.@angela_rye speaking truth on CNN:

“Here is the real unfortunate reality, to quote fmr Sen Majority Leader Harry Reid on Donald Trump: He is the Frankenstein of the Republican Party. I’m not going to take the onus off the Republican Party for the monster *they* built & created—
“Let’s not put all the responsibility at the feet of Trump. Let’s instead put some responsibility on those who worked *diligently* to suppress votes—then wanted to call John Lewis the conscience of the Congress when he died—but *still* won’t pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Act—
“Let’s not take the responsibility away from the people who still have the power — and the *votes* — to do the right thing in the United States Senate. Whether it’s on voting rights, election security, or COVID relief—
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25 Nov 20
2020 was a year of historic significance. A global pandemic. Economic hardship. Racial reckoning.

But it’s in these moments of consequence that we’re reminded govt *does* have a role to play. We need good public policy that actually *helps* people.

So what comes next? (Thread—)
First and foremost in my mind: we need policies that support our working families — who are struggling to keep their heads above water just trying to make it work. Particularly working parents.
And being hit the hardest right now? Working moms—who are having to take on so much all at once. So much that too many are finding it impossible to keep their balance, much less “lean in.” That’s why many are dropping out of the workforce. We must fix this.nytimes.com/2020/11/17/bus…
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21 Nov 20
Every day in CA, nearly 550,000 fast food workers serve more than 10M customers. Yet, at the height of a pandemic, fast food workers face pressure to work while sick, are fired for calling in sick, get denied sick pay & a living wage — & lack access to PPE.mercurynews.com/2020/05/26/all…
Fast food workers are treated as expendable — and yet, time and again, they prove to be critically essential.

It’s long past time we hold these billion-dollar fast food companies accountable for any unsafe — and unfair — working conditions at their restaurants.
Together, we must all do more to protect our fast food workers from unsafe and dangerous working conditions.

Fast food workers are fighters.

Fast food workers are resilient.

They ARE essential workers.

And they deserve safe work places.
Read 4 tweets
19 Nov 20
Yesterday brought w/it sobering pandemic news: A record number of #COVID cases. A record number of hospitalizations. And almost 2,000 lives lost. It’s especially disheartening when you consider this is all coming *before* people congregate to celebrate the holiday season. Thread— Image
In light of this news I wanted to take a moment to share w/you the most up-to-date moves by our state and county to limit the spread of the virus here at home — as well as tips from @CAPublicHealth @CoCoHealth & @Dare2BWell for how we can all celebrate the holiday season safely. Image
First and foremost, our county health officers are always reminding us that the most simple—most effective—way that we can prevent the spread is to always wear face coverings when going out. If we all did just that, we’d make incredible progress combating this pandemic.

If only. Image
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19 Jul 20
I know this goes w/out saying: but this man should not be leading our nation's efforts against #COVID19.

Holding hostage fed funding for schools—which largely go to vulnerable students & those w/disabilities—unless they fully reopen b/c @realDonaldTrump "says so," is a disgrace.
ADDENDUM: It's pretty incredible that we're ~ 6 months since our 1st #COVID19 case—& @realDonaldTrump is *still* incapable of understanding that the most important thing we must get right w/kids in schools, is minimizing how they spread the virus to adults.usatoday.com/story/news/hea…
Kids are also more likely to be asymptomatic—which heightens the potential for spread—ESPECIALLY when tests aren't avail for those w/no symptoms.

We must be safe & deliberate.

The "just do it" approach is *precisely* why the pandemic is raging once again.waff.com/2020/07/08/chi…
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