Will 2018 be the year of the young voter in California?

Jennifer Antunez can’t vote in this country now and might never be able to. Nonetheless, the 16-year-old undocumented high school junior at San Diego’s King-Chavez High School spent last Sunday afternoon on a street corner helping others register to vote. “I’m not a U.S. citizen, so I can’t vote,” said Antunez, who was brought to this country from the Mexican city of Cuernavaca as a 6-year-old and is registered in the U.S. government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA.

Legislation to Fight Opioid Crisis Passes First Committee

SACRAMENTO — Assembly Bills 1751, 1752, and 1753 passed the Assembly Committee on Business and Professions by bipartisan votes of 16-0, 16-0, and 15-1 respectively. Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) is the author of the three-bill package of legislation to fight the opioid crisis by addressing the overprescribing, diversion, and abuse of prescription drugs like opioids. These bills are part of a larger package of legislation aimed at combating the opioid crisis.

California Apologizes for Anti-LGBT Discrimination

SACRAMENTO —The California State Assembly passed Assembly Concurrent Resolution 172 today to apologize for the state’s past discriminatory laws that oppressed and persecuted the LGBT community. ACR 172 is authored by Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley), Chair of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus, and co-authored by all members of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus. ACR 172 is supported by Equality California, the Human Rights Campaign, the ACLU, and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

“California has a long history of enacting legislation that discriminated against LGBT individuals,” said Assemblymember Low. “This will not undo the decades of persecution and oppression that our community has faced, but it is important to recognize these injustices so that we as a state can move forward and lead with love.”