CALIFORNIA — Assemblymember Dawn Addis (D-Morro Bay) has seven of her recently proposed bills that have successfully passed the State Legislature. Six of these bills now await Governor Gavin Newsom’s review and potential approval.
The bills championed by Addis encompass a range of crucial issues, including measures aimed at facilitating the construction of student and senior housing and providing support to survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
“I’m incredibly honored to work on behalf of the people of the Central Coast to pass these important measures,” stated Addis. “This legislation will help the most vulnerable among us — including children and seniors. While I’m proud that we’ve made progress this year, there’s more we must and will do to continue to improve our Central Coast communities.”
Among the bills now on Governor Newsom’s desk are:
- AB 452 Justice for Survivors of Child Sex Abuse: Seeks to eliminate barriers preventing minors who have suffered sexual abuse from seeking justice against their abusers and the institutions that concealed or ignored their claims.
- AB 839 Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly: Expands funding eligibility for Residential Care Facilities, aiming to reduce borrowing costs and support affordable senior living communities.
- AB 318 Mobilehomes Residency Law Protection Program: Extends the Mobilehome Residency Law Protection Program, allowing vulnerable Californians their right to seek justice.
- AB 370 Biliteracy Advancement Act: Provides flexibility for English learners to demonstrate their multilingual competency when applying for the State Seal of Biliteracy.
- AB 1123 Paid Parental Leave Act: Enables CSU employees to take an academic term of paid parental/family leave.
- AB 840: CSU Tied-House Exemption Program: Expands sponsorship opportunities for small businesses and CSU campuses, supporting various campus programs.
Notably, in July, Governor Newsom signed Addis’ AB 358 into law, streamlining the approval process for new community college student housing by exempting architectural plans from specific state approvals. This law will take effect on Jan. 1, 2024.
As Sept. 14 marked the final day of the first year of the 2023-24 legislative session, the Legislature is now in recess until January 2024. During this period, lawmakers will have the opportunity to submit new legislation for consideration and continue working on bills that did not secure approval this week.
Dawn Addis, elected to the California State Assembly in 2022, represents the coastal 30th Assembly District, encompassing substantial areas of San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties, along with the southeastern region of Santa Cruz County.