News Room

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Long Beach Assemblyman Patrick O'Donnell (D-70) is home from his sixth year in the state legislature — one he calls the strangest yet.

"It definitely is unprecedented," O'Donnell said in an interview last week. "It was interrupted by COVID; we started, stopped, then started again.

"I'd have to say it wasn't marked by the quantity of the legislation, but by the quality," he added. "There were fewer bills, but they were more effective."

O'Donnell was a high school history teacher before and during his tenure on the Long Beach City Council. He continues to emphasis education in his Sacramento efforts. He is chair of the Assembly Education Committee.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

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

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

Friday, August 28, 2020

Assembly Bill 2932 Accelerates Construction and Repair of Long Beach Sidewalks and Curb Ramps

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

Monday, August 17, 2020

Chair of Assembly Education Committee Praises District Leadership for Developing Model to Reopen Schools  

(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D - Long Beach) issued the following statement in response to the Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) newly announced COVID-19 testing and contact tracing efforts.  

Friday, July 17, 2020

Chair of Assembly Education Committee Supportive of Statewide Guidelines 

(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D - Long Beach) issued the following statement in support of the Governor’s guidelines on reopening schools for the 2020-21 school year.

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.