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Asm. Liz Ortega’s Full Legislative Update for 2023

#TeamLiz has been hard at work during year one of my first legislative session in the Assembly! I couldn't be prouder of the work we've been doing for the working families of AD-20 and the state of California.

By the Numbers:

12 bills authored
110 bills co-authored
7 bills going to the Governor's desk
100s of bills voted on in five different committees
1,000+ bills voted on, with 1,046 now on the Governor's desk awaiting a signature!

Bills Authored & Passed to Governor's Desk

AB 800 establishes a "Workplace Readiness Week" in California public schools to educate high school students on their workplace rights, including joining a union.

AB 1060 saves thousands of lives by limiting the cost of over-the-counter Naloxone or Narcan, (a drug that reverses fentanyl overdoses,) to no more than $10 per package with MediCal or private insurance coverage.

AB 917 makes our Low Cost Auto Insurance program permanent, ensuring that low-income drivers have access to affordable insurance.

AB 1007 protects California healthcare workers by requiring Cal/OSHA to create rules for protecting workers from laser surgery smoke, which is toxic and can cause permanent injury.

AB 1213 reforms worker's comp to provide for workers who are out of work due to injury in cases where their medical care is delayed.

AB 857 connects individuals with disabilities to jobs and services after they exit prison.

AB 1457 protects good-paying public sector jobs.

Key Co-authored Bills

ACA 1 addresses the housing crisis by empowering local governments to build more affordable housing. Look for this on your ballot in November 2024!

AB 12 addresses high housing costs by limiting what landlords can charge for rental deposits to one month's rent.

AB 701 addresses the fentanyl crisis by increasing penalties on high-level fentanyl dealers.

SB 525 creates a pathway to a $25 minimum wage for all healthcare workers in California

Delivering for AD-20

State grants and awards to the district:

$2,500,000 awarded to the City of San Leandro to transform the Nimitz Hotel into transitional and supportive housing for the homeless and housing insecure.

$12,075,450 for affordable housing in Hayward at the Sparks Way Commons.
This grant through the Portfolio Reinvestment Program (PRP) provides for needed repairs and upgrades to this 45-unit affordable housing complex for families.

$1,142,542 awarded to the City of San Leandro for new construction of affordable housing through the Permanent Local Housing Allocation (PLHA) program.

$1,212,000 awarded to support Hayward Police through the Hayward Evaluation and Response Teams (HEART), which pairs medical and mental health responders with police officers to ensure residents get the services they need.

$2,500,000 awarded to the City of Hayward for the Stack Youth and Family Center
This funding will build Phase II of the Stack Youth and Family Center Phase II, which provides health, wellness, and career development to South Hayward.

$3,000,000 awarded to Asian Health Services for construction of their Elderly Hub
This facility will provide services to elderly residents in San Leandro.

$2,000,000 awarded to the City of Hayward for St. Rose Hospital
Funding to support expanding services at St. Rose Hospital.

$1,000,000 awarded to the City of Pleasanton for Water-Well Construction
Purpose: City Water-Well Construction for Clean Water.