All Bills Sent to Governor by Assemblywoman Mitchell Signed into Law
SACRAMENTO – In an unusual achievement for a freshman policymaker, five substantive bills authored by Assemblymember Holly J. Mitchell were passed by both branches of the state Legislature and by mid-October all five were signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. In her first bid for public office, Mitchell was elected to the Assembly last November, was appointed Chair of the Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services in January, and in less than a year she has succeeded in putting laws on the books of the California Code.
I hit the ground running this year and felt I had to make a difference while operating under two constraints, said Holly J. Mitchell, reflecting on her first year in the Assembly. First, I had to help balance the budget in the face of a $26 billion deficit, partisan obstinacy against raising any revenues to ease that burden, and the fact that the biggest cuts had to come from safety net services I ran for office to save. Second, having worked for the Legislature before, I knew to carry a small, coherent package of bills I could get to the finish line.
Mitchell's signed bills focused largely on removing legal obstacles or fixing bottlenecks in health care, public safety and programs that help the state's most vulnerable populations.
I'm grateful that my colleagues in the Assembly, Senate and Governor's office supported my efforts at policymaking this year, Mitchell acknowledged. But next year I expect to be more demanding, of both myself and the Capitol, in strategic pursuit of ways to address urgent needs.
Bills authored by Assemblymember Mitchell and signed into law are:
- AB 396- will allow counties to seek reimbursement for medical treatment of minors who are outside of a County detention facility for more than 24-hours.
- AB 667- Gives doctors expanded authority to recommend juvenile patients with ongoing critical medical needs to be served by a Pediatric Subacute Program instead of at the ICU. This results in substantial cost savings, and the children benefit from being in a less-sterile, more child friendly environment.
- AB 735- Gives hiring preference to student assistant/intern applicants within State Departments who are current or former foster children.
- AB 835- Removes administrative barriers to Secondary School Academies on high school or college campuses operating Career Tech educational training programs.
- AB 989- Requires Counties to consider the mental health needs of foster youths about to age out of County custody when developing their designated funding plan.
Mitchell is a joint author, with Assemblymember Fletcher, of another bill signed into law:
AB 1111- Prohibits police from ticketing homeless youths for the crime of loitering.
A list of these and two-year bills introduced by Assemblymember Mitchell can be viewed in the Legislation section of her website at http://asmdc.org/members/a47/