As Holly J. Mitchell Joins Senate her Assembly Bills become Law

October 09, 2013

Governor Brown signed every Mitchell bill presented to him

LOS ANGELES - Senator Holly J. Mitchell finished her tenure in the Assembly with an impressive legislative record – every bill she authored that made it to the Governor’s desk has become law.  The last of her bills this session, AB 361, was recently signed by Governor Brown.  It creates a “health home” program for chronic users of hospital emergency rooms (ER), many of whom are homeless and/or frequently report for ER treatment of health problems that can now be addressed earlier and more cost-effectively using a pro-active, individualized approach.

Upon her 2010 election to the Assembly, Mitchell pledged to carry legislation that was rooted in common sense and substantive enough to make a difference in the lives of the people of California.  Mitchell worked with her colleagues on both sides of the aisle, advocating for policies that create real progress at a time when families and communities continue to struggle.

“I am incredibly honored to have had the opportunity to serve the 54th Assembly District and the people of our state,” said Mitchell.  “I authored bills that improve access to critical services for those most in need.  AB 309 increases the eligibility of homeless youths for food through CalFresh subsidies.  Under AB 1133, medically-fragile foster kids can get better care through placement with foster parents who are nurses.  These bills speak to how we, as a society, treat and care for one another.”

As Chair of the Health and Human Services Budget Subcommittee, Mitchell held dozens of hearings to document how cuts proposed to balance the budget would impact vulnerable Californians. Simultaneously she worked to ensure that most of her bills successfully negotiated various committee and hearing hurdles in order to make it to the Senate and Assembly floors with enough votes to pass.  

Other notable Mitchell bills recently signed into law by Governor Brown include AB 446 and AB 506, which make available critical and necessary medical care to infants to prevent HIV infection.  AB 624 offers counties the opportunity to address jail overcrowding by encouraging inmate rehabilitation and reduction of recidivism.
Mitchell is perhaps best known for carrying AB 2348 which, by allowing nurses to disseminate contraceptives, expanded access to birth control in California as other states sought to curb it. Her “Mitchell Plan” also increased CalWORKs funding despite cuts to other social programs.

Mitchell pledged, on joining the Senate last week following a special election to fill a vacancy, to tackle critical issues facing residents of the 26th Senate District.  “I will continue fighting for innovative policies to alleviate unemployment and underemployment, limited resources and rising costs, and over-burdened and under-funded schools.”