Frazier bills advance

Thursday, April 18, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Several bills authored by Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Discovery Bay) have advanced after winning committee approvals.

The Assembly Transportation Committee and the Veterans Affairs Committee approved Assembly Bill 408. The bill will expand the number of agencies that can confirm a disabled veteran’s status to include the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) and county veteran service offices, to make it easier for deserving disabled veterans to obtain a special license plate. The bill now goes to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

The Assembly Appropriations Committee approved AB 640, which would add additional training courses for law enforcement and district attorneys on the investigation and prosecution of sex crimes committed against victims who have an intellectual or developmental disability (IDD). The bill is in response to a report that those with an IDD are seven times more likely to be targeted for sexual assault. AB 640 was previously approved by the Assembly Public Safety Committee and now goes to the Floor for a vote by the full Assembly.

The Assembly Transportation Committee and the Accountability and Administrative Review Committee approved AB 380, which removes the existing Transportation Inspector General from within Caltrans and establishes the position as an independent entity within state government. AB 380 now goes to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

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Assemblymember Frazier represents the 11th Assembly District, which encompasses a large cross section of the Delta in Central Solano, Eastern Contra Costa and Southern Sacramento counties, and includes the communities of Antioch, Bethel Island, Birds Landing, Brentwood, Byron, Collinsville, Discovery Bay, Fairfield, Isleton, Knightsen, Locke, Oakley, Pittsburg (partial), Rio Vista, Suisun City, Travis AFB, Vacaville and Walnut Grove.

CONTACT:   Andrew Bird (916) 319-2011 Andrew.Bird@asm.ca.gov