This week in the State Legislature

By: Submitted to the Auburn Journal
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Gaines’ veteran license plate bill passes Senate committee
Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) announced his Senate Bill 1357, a measure that would create a special veteran license plate for the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces, passed out of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs.
 “Creating this veteran-designated license plate is just a small token of appreciation and recognition for the service and sacrifices made by our brave members of the military,” said Senator Gaines. “I look forward to the bill’s continued support as it heads to the Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing.”
 Currently, through the California Veterans’ License Plate Program, the Department of Motor Vehicles issues specialty “Honoring Veterans” license plates to current service members, veterans, family members and supporters of veterans. They do not, however, provide a designation for veterans who have served in the military. SB 1357 would add a “veteran” designation to license plates issued to actual veterans.
 According to the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics, in 2016, there were 1,789,862 veterans in California. As of March 2018, there were 23,479 registered “Honoring Veteran” license plates, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
The funds generated from these specialty license plates will continue to go to County Veterans Service Veteran Offices.
State Sen. Ted Gaines represents the 1st Senate District, which includes all or parts of Alpine, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra and Siskiyou counties.
Dahle after-school access program moves forward
Legislation by Assembly Republican Leader Brian Dahle  to protect access to after-school programs for rural children was unanimously approved April 11 by the Assembly Education Committee. Assembly Bill 2622 protects funding for after-school programs and allows for operational flexibility needed in rural communities.
“After-school programs are proven to help children grow and develop necessary skills for the future,” Dahle said. “This win for rural students protects funding for after-school programs in their area and provides them with the flexibility to use it effectively.”
 Assembly Bill 2622 would stabilize funding for after-school programs by making the mandatory attendance rates more flexible in rural, “frontier” schools (defined as schools located in an area with a population density of less than 11 persons per square mile).  It will also allow frontier schools to use more flexible operating hours to meet the challenges of functioning in remote areas with limited cell phone reception, longer bus rides and limited coverage by public safety agencies.
The bill will now head to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for approval.
Assembly Republican Leader Brian Dahle serves California’s 1st District, which includes all or parts of Butte, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra and Siskiyou counties.