Accomplishments

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ASSEMBLYMEMBER ROBERT RIVAS MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS 2019-2020
 

2020

AB 2043 – Agricultural Employee COVID-19 Health & Safety Act: Protects California’s agricultural employees and keeps the food supply chain healthy and functional by promulgating health and safety best practices in the workplace. This legislation also funds an outreach and informational campaign for farmworkers and improves tracking complaints among agricultural workers. (Pending Governor’s Signature)

AB 2164 – Telehealth Services for Rural Communities Act: Improves access to care through telehealth by clarifying that, in addition to providing services through telehealth, community health centers can establish a patient through real-time or store-and-forward telehealth services. (Pending Governor’s Signature)

AB 2165 – Rural Access to Justice Act: Increases access to justice for rural communities by removing a financial disincentive for courts to offer electronic filing services and expands availability of electronic court services throughout the State. (Pending Governor’s Signature)

AB 3005 – Expedited Dam Safety for Silicon Valley Act: Protects communities from dam failure by expediting the critical replacement of Anderson Dam through authorizing the quickest, safest, and best value selection of the construction contractor and requires a skilled and trained workforce for the project.  (Pending Governor’s Signature)

 

2019

AB 936 – OIL SPILL RESPONSE AND PLANNING: Enhances oil transportation safety in California by defining non-floating oil in statute and ensuring that safety standards are regularly updated to incorporate the best possible tools for clean-up. (Chapter 770, Statutes of 2019)

AB 1255 – SURPLUS PUBLIC LAND: Identifies new affordable housing opportunities at the local level by requiring cities and counties to identify their surplus sites on their annual housing element progress reports to HCD. (Chapter 661, Statues of 2019)

AB 1266 – BICYCLIST SAFETY: Promotes cyclists safety by allowing bikers, when indicated, to disobey a turn lane when the bike lane is embedded in that vehicular turn lane. This legislation also encourages controlling agencies to instill these lanes within a turn lane to protect the safety for both cyclists and motorists. (Chapter 221, Statutes of 2019)

AB 1628 – ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: Elevates the voices of vulnerable communities most impacted by pollution and public health hazards by adding “meaningful involvement” to the definition of environmental justice. (Chapter 360, Statutes of 2019)

AB 1783 – FARMWORKER HOUSING ACT: Creates an opt-in, streamlined process to build farmworker housing on surplus agricultural land, sets quality standards to ensure that the new housing is dignified and family friendly, and puts safeguards in place to protect the environment. (Chapter 866, Statutes of 2019)

2019-20 BUDGET – Appropriated $89 million for the Golden State Teacher Grant to provide $20,000 in scholarships for students who commit to teach in a high-need area – which includes Special Education, Bilingual and STEM certifications.