Published : Thursday, August 23, 2018 | 5:32 AM
Portantino, who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance, said he is proud of this collection of bills which range in topics from suicide prevention, autism, healthcare, education, to transportation and environmental protection – issues that he said are important to the 25th Senate District which he represents.
“I am very pleased with the legislative year thus far,” Portantino said in a statement this week.. “I am grateful to my staff for working so hard on our agenda and to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for passing these fundamental bills and sending them to the Assembly floor. In particular, SB 1126, the Arroyo Seco bill, and SB 972, the Suicide Prevention bill, are important efforts to should keep moving forward.”
Portantino authored SB 25 to prioritize local elections in every ballot order. Senate Bill 1100, SB 746 and SB 1170 all promote gun safety and gun control, continuing the senator’s leadership on this important public policy issue. Senate Bill 1126 requires the inclusion of the Arroyo Seco in the Upper Los Angeles River Working Group.
Earlier in the year, Portantino nominated Tim Brick, managing director of the Pasadena-based Arroyo Seco Foundation, for membership on the Working Group. SB 1126 continues Portantino’s collaboration with Brick to promote the importance of the Arroyo Seco.
Senate Bill 1263, SB 1422 and SB 1133 include strong environmental protections, ocean and water safety. Special education, suicide prevention, drug treatment and autism care are the subjects of SB 354, SB 972, and SB 275 and SB 399.
International drivers’ licenses and requiring AED’s (automated external defibrillators, which are portable electronic life-saving devices) on public transit are the subjects of SB 1360 and SB 502.
In the statement, Portantino said he looks forward to continuing his dedication and hard work for issues that families face across the foothills and across California.
Portantino, who is the former Mayor of La Cañada Flintridge, represents nearly 930,000 people in the 25th Senate District, which includes Pasadena, Altadena, Atwater Village, Bradbury, Burbank, Claremont, Duarte, Glendale, Glendora, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Lake View Terrace, La Verne, Los Feliz, Monrovia, Montrose, San Dimas, San Marino, Shadow Hills, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena, Sunland-Tujunga and Upland.