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Saturday, July 4, 2020

A new education bill — which State Assemblyman Patrick O'Donnell, D-Long Beach, introduced last week, seeks to limit liability related to the coronavirus for school districts this fall.

O'Donnell, who chairs the Education Committee in the California Assembly and is a high school history teacher, said his bill will help protect districts from COVID-19-related lawsuits as they try to reopen this fall. Many school districts, under the guidance from the state and their respective counties, will try to enact social distancing, sanitizing and other health policies to minimize the risk of the virus spreading.

In the wake of restaurants and other businesses reopening in recent weeks, Southern California has seen an increase in cases and hospitalizations, particularly in Los Angeles County, showing that enacting safety procedures doesn't necessarily mean the virus won't spread. (LA County this week shut down indoor dining for at least another three weeks.)

Monday, June 29, 2020

Chair of Assembly Education Committee Concerned Lawsuits Can Hamstring School Districts’ Finances When They Reopen  

(Sacramento) – Today, Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) introduced a bill to provide limited liability protections for K-12 schools as they prepare to reopen for the next academic school year. AB 1384 is in response to school districts’ concerns that they could face COVID-19 related lawsuits.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Assembly Bill 2932 Speeds Up Construction of Long Beach Sidewalks and Curb Ramps

(SACRAMENTO) – Assembly Bill 2932, authored by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach), passed the Assembly unanimously. AB 2932 expedites sidewalk construction in the City of Long Beach and makes other infrastructure improvements for city residents. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Statewide Education Leaders to Participate and Testify

(Sacramento) - The Assembly Education Committee, chaired by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach), will be holding a hearing titled “Re-Opening California’s Public Schools for the 2020-21 School Year.” Panelists will address health and safety, instruction, and student support issues related to opening schools for the next academic year.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

State Legislature's Budget Shields Schools from Cuts