Press Releases

September 11, 2012

Governor who cut CalWORKs Signs Bill to Extend Eligibility for Benefits

SACRAMENTO – Governor Brown, who earlier this year cut benefits for the unemployed poor to help balance the state budget, has signed into law AB 1640, allowing pregnant teens to receive CalWORKs basic needs grants when a pregnancy is confirmed, instead of waiting until the final trimester.

August 28, 2012

Assemblywoman Mitchell bill signed into law by Governor

AB 2548, which requires that one of the seven appointed members of California's Veterans Board have substantial training, professional knowledge, or experience in the issues faced by female veterans, has been signed by the Governor. The bill, carried by Assemblymember Holly Mitchell was adopted by the Legislature on a bipartisan vote and becomes effective January 1st.

August 27, 2012

The Board of Directors of the new, private non-profit Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital in the Watts-Willowbrook area of Los Angeles has announced the hiring of Elaine Batchlor, M.D., MPH as CEO, charged with opening the facility as a 120-bed hospital in 2014. As the County-run King-Harbor Medical Center, the hospital shut down in 2007, continuing to offer only out-patient urgent care and clinic services as the King Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center. Batchlor is currently the Medical Director of L.A.

July 16, 2012

SACRAMENTO – A new law authored by Assemblymember Holly Mitchell establishes a pilot project allowing graduates of approved foreign medical schools to engage in hands-on training while being instructed in patient care by licensed California physicians.

July 11, 2012

At press conferences held July 11 in Los Angeles and San Francisco, the Governor,  Attorney General Kamala Harris and Assemblymember Holly J. Mitchell (D-Culver City) announced that the Homeowner's Bill of Rights will become California state law with the Governor's signature January 1st.

July 11, 2012

AB 389, which sets standards for delivery of blood clotting products and related equipment for home use by people with bleeding disorders, has been signed by the Governor. The bill was adopted by the Legislature on a bipartisan vote in June and becomes effective January 1st.

July 02, 2012

AB 278 and SB 900, codifying much of the "Homeowner's Bill of Rights" negotiated earlier this year with major banks by Attorney General Kamala Harris and offering potential relief to many of the nearly 700,000 Californians now in delinquency or foreclosure on home mortgages, has been adopted by the State Legislature with key provisions authored by Assemblymember Holly J. Mitchell (D-Culver City) largely intact. The package of bills now goes to the Governor to be signed into law.

July 02, 2012

Leading the charge to reverse recent nationwide efforts to cut back women's reproductive rights, AB 2348 sails through Assembly, overcomes key Senate Committee opposition

SACRAMENTO-Having passed the Assembly by a vote of 44 to 28 with nine abstentions, AB 2348, which allows registered nurses to dispense birth control in clinics following standardized procedures, survived a key July 2 Senate committee vote despite heavy opposition lobbying.

June 28, 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed the constitutionality of the most far reaching federal legislation since the creation of Medicare in 1965 – the  Affordable Care Act. This means we will now move forward in California to implement profound reform, which will strengthen our health care system, our economy and bring the promise of health care access to every person.

June 26, 2012

AB 2015 would allow an arrested parent to make prompt arrangements for children's care, deemed critical when arrestee faces jail or deportation

SACRAMENTO-Passed unanimously by the Assembly on May 31, AB 2015 would require that arrested men and women be asked if they are custodial parents of a minor and, if so, be allowed two calls to make arrangements for supervision and childcare during their absence. The bill is now up for approval in the state Senate.