Press Releases

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Media Advisory

WHAT: Long-time teacher and Assembly Education Committee Chair Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) will host his 5th Annual Distinguished Teachers of the Year Ceremony. Selected from a pool of nominees submitted by community members of the 70th Assembly District, the honorees will be celebrated and recognized for their commitment to student success inside and outside the classroom.

This is a private event for invited guests and media only.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Chair of Assembly Education Committee calls for increased funding for schools

(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) issued the following statement Thursday in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s revised budget proposal for the 2019-20 fiscal year:

“The Governor’s revised budget takes a balanced approach that increases the state’s rainy day fund while increasing funding for schools.  I share his perspective that California must pay down debt and live within its means.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

AB 751 Provides Secure and Free In-School College Admissions Exams for All Students

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.