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Monday, February 25, 2019

AB 1303 provides students with career options to meet California’s workforce needs

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) has introduced AB 1303 to provide an additional $150 million to K-12 Vocational/Career Technical Education (CTE) programs.

“As a classroom teacher, I have seen firsthand how vocational programs engage students and guide them to success.  Vocational or career technical programs prepare our students for lasting careers and strengthen our California workforce,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

AB 1014 will provide communities earlier notice of hospital closure

(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) introduced Assembly Bill 1014 Thursday, which will require hospitals to provide a 180-day public notice before closing or eliminating services. Current law only requires a 30-day notice before closing a hospital and 90 days before eliminating emergency services.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

New bill increases funding for removal of abandoned oil and gas facilities in Long Beach tidelands.

(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) introduced AB 926 Wednesday to dedicate more state revenue to clean up abandoned oil wells within the Long Beach tidelands. The bill eliminates a $300 million limit on the Oil Trust Fund, a fund that saves revenue for cleaning-up oil wells on the tidelands when they cease operation.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Chair of Assembly Education Committee Reintroduces the Pathways to College Act

(SACRAMENTO) – Today, Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach), reintroduced the Pathways to College Act (Assembly Bill 751), which passed through the State Legislature last year with no “no” votes. The bill works to open doors to higher education for students by allowing school districts to offer college admissions tests such as the SAT or ACT during the school day at no cost to students.

Friday, February 15, 2019
Asm. O'Donnell greeted by Dr. Chris Lowe
Asm. O'Donnell posing with equipment
Asm. O'Donnell speaking to attendees
Lifeguard trucks in parking lot
Shark swimming in tank
Shark Lab logo

Assemblymember O'Donnell held a workshop at the Barrett Athletic Admin Center (BAC), bringing together local and regional lifeguards to learn about the impacts of AB 2191 on shark funding and technical support.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Assembly Bill 48 Will Provide Funds to Ensure Schools are Safe and Updated

(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) has introduced Assembly Bill 48 to place a K-12 and community colleges school facilities bond on both the 2020 and 2022 ballots.

“The state has a responsibility to ensure that students are housed in safe facilities that meet educational needs.  AB 48 will continue the state’s partnership with local school and community college districts by providing state matching funds for construction,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee. “As a teacher, I know firsthand that the conditions of our schools affect student health, performance and motivation.” 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Times Editorial Board’s opposition to Assembly Bill 1951, which would allow school districts to swap the state proficiency exams for 11th graders for the SAT or ACT test instead, is misguided. This bill, currently awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature, is an opportunity for California to give greater control to local school districts and for students of all backgrounds to have a better chance at succeeding on the SAT, an exam already used by many colleges to help determine readiness for admissions.

Earlier this month, the editorial board opposed legislation that would have forced school districts to delay start times until after 8:30 a.m. In that instance, the board felt that local control trumped Sacramento’s wish to dictate the “minutiae” of school operations. Brown wisely concurred by vetoing that legislation.