Press Releases

Friday, October 13, 2017

Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell’s Pet Rescue & Adoption Act Signed by Governor

Friday, October 13, 2017

Assemblymember O’Donnell’s bill to remove sunset date on the Promise signed by Governor

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell’s Smog Check Measure Signed by Governor

(SACRAMENTO) – Committing to more money for clean air efforts in California, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1274, by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach), Tuesday.

“AB 1274 is a win for both consumers and our environment,” Assemblymember O’Donnell said. “This bill saves time and money for vehicle owners, while dramatically boosting the state’s clean air efforts. Thank you to the South Coast Air Quality Management District for sponsoring this bill and working with me to get it through the Legislature. I am grateful to the Governor for signing this bill into law, and I am proud to be part of the movement toward quality air for all Californians.” 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Assembly Bill 699, bill to keep ICE officers out of schools, signed by Governor

(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) secures classrooms from immigration enforcement in California with Governor Jerry Brown’s signature on Assembly Bill 699 Thursday.

The bill prohibits school staff from allowing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers to enter a school site without following guidelines established by the Attorney General. 

Friday, September 29, 2017

O’Donnell voted against the measure in the State Assembly in defense of municipal sovereignty

(SACRAMENTO) – Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 35 by Senator Scott Wiener (D — San Francisco) Friday. Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D — Long Beach), who opposed the measure, issued the following statement:

“Although not unexpected, this event is unfortunate. Most cities across California stood in strong opposition to this measure, because SB 35 is a threat to municipal sovereignty and a threat to those who do not want their communities planned from Sacramento. Cities will now need to be very cautious in their efforts to re-zone, and they may face the potential of having state-imposed rules forced upon them in order to allow large buildings in neighborhoods where they might not be a good fit.  

Friday, September 15, 2017

Chair of Assembly Education Committee emphasizes statewide need for safe schools for all students

(SACRAMENTO) – Assembly Bill 699, authored by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D — Long Beach) to keep Immigration & Custom Enforcement (ICE) officers out of schools, passed the Legislature Friday.  Assemblymember O’Donnell issued the following statement:

“As a teacher and a parent, I want schools safe for all children. Allowing ICE officers on school grounds threatens the peace of mind that students need in order to grow and succeed. Students cannot learn when they are afraid. Now more than ever, California needs to step up as a leader for young people by ensuring that our classrooms are secure and supportive.”

Thursday, September 14, 2017

(SACRAMENTO) – A green light at the end of a long legislative tunnel, Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) successfully worked to secure hundreds of millions of dollars for clean air efforts in and around California ports in the recent cap-and-trade expenditure agreement reached this week.

“As the representative of the two busiest ports in the nation, this is an investment I have been fighting for since I first came to the Legislature,” Assemblymember O’Donnell said. The funds will be utilized to support the aggressive development and deployment of clean technologies at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. “This investment will allow the ports to make green while continuing to go green.”