Assembly Passes Bills by Assemblymember Evan Low to Improve Access to Government, Support Colleges, and Expand Dental Services

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SACRAMENTO – Thirteen bills authored by Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Campbell) successfully passed out of the Assembly ahead of last week’s house of origin deadline. Among freshmen Assembly members, Low ranked second in passing the most bills off of the floor.

“I am proud to have authored pieces of legislation that will help to improve California,” Low said. “I thank my colleagues from both sides of the aisle for supporting these measures and look forward to working with members of the Senate to ensure that these bills are brought to the Governor for his signature.”

Highlights of some of the bills passed by the Assembly include:

AB 626 requires the California Community College (CCC) Chancellor’s Office to convene a group of stakeholders to develop recommendations on funding strategies in order for CCC districts to achieve the statutory goal of 75% full-time to 25% part-time faculty teaching at CCCs. In 2013, only 56% of credit courses were taught by full-time faculty.

AB 648 establishes a grant program through the Department of Public Health to support the expansion of dental services to underserved communities through the Virtual Dental Home program. This will provide dental care to residents of the state who are in greatest need of these services.

AB 828 clarifies that any motor vehicle operating in connection with a transportation network company (TNC) is not a commercial vehicle. The bill will update an 80 year old statute and create consistency in the law as the popularity of TNCs continues to rise in our state.

AB 1100 increases the fee required to submit a ballot initiative proposal to the Attorney General’s office to $8000. The fee will deter frivolous proposals from being submitted and help to pay for the cost of the Attorney General’s office to analyze and prepare a title and summary for each initiative.

The bills and others will now be considered by the Senate.