Assemblymember Holly Mitchell Blazes Trail in First Term

October 01, 2012

First Term Legislator Has All Bills Signed By Governor

LOS ANGELES - Assemblymember Holly Mitchell walked into her first term pledging to carry legislation that was rooted in common sense and substantive enough to be worthy of getting to the Governor's desk. She knew the odds would be great that her more pioneering and controversial bills would get passed, but what she didn't bet on was what ultimately happened on September 30th. As of 2pm on Sunday, every bill authored by Assemblymember Mitchell that made it to Governor Brown's desk was signed into law.

Assemblymember Mitchell is a talented and thoughtful voice in the legislature, and has earned a great deal of respect on both sides of the aisle said Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez. She knows  how to work with her colleagues to secure important policy victories for the people of California, and she is a passionate and principled advocate for the people of our state. Californians are lucky to have legislators like Holly Mitchell to stand up for their values and create real progress for our state.

This is a humbling moment for me, said Assemblymember Mitchell after hearing her final two bills (AB 1432 Caylee's Law and AB 2015, which would grant arrested parents the right to 2 additional phone calls for the purpose of arranging for child care) were signed by the Governor on Sunday. I authored many of these bills because they spoke to how we treat each other, but especially women and young girls, with dignity. I am proud of AB 2348, a bill that will expand women's access to birth control. I am also proud of AB 2530, which will stop the practice of shackling pregnant women who are incarcerated in California.

As Chair of the Health and Human Services Budget Subcommittee, Assemblymember Mitchell had the daunting task of overseeing the dozens of hearings held to better understand how the proposed budget cuts would impact Californians, as well as working to ensure that her bills successfully jumped through the various committee and hearing hurdles in order to make it to the Senate and Assembly floors with enough votes to pass.

Assemblymember Mitchell is the only member from her Democratic class to have none of her bills vetoed. She is also part of a small group of women and the only black female legislator to hold this accomplishment.

I am fortunate to have had mentors like Congresswoman Diane Watson and Assemblymember Gwen Moore. During their time in the legislature, these women sat on powerful committees and were also able to pass legislation that mattered then and still matter now. I don't have the luxury to sit on the sidelines and not author or fight for policy that is critical to how we treat one another, especially those most in need.

Assemblymember Mitchell is not resting on her laurels, but is planning a series of hearings between now and November that will focus on health and human services programs.

I pledged to the constituents of the 47th Assembly District that I would work hard on their behalf.  I think my record shows that, and yet there is still more work to do.