Press Releases

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Assembly Bill 3205 Requires Renovation of Schools to Include Locks That Lock from the Inside

(SACRAMENTO) – Assembly Bill 3205 by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach), which requires older classrooms to have locks that can be locked from the inside, has been signed by Governor Jerry Brown.

“This bill will protect students and teachers in the event of an immediate threat on a school campus,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee. “As a middle and high school teacher for many years, I have participated in many school lockdowns, and I know firsthand that our classrooms need doors that lock from the inside.  The shootings that took place in Florida and Texas schools earlier this year were tragic.  This bill will save lives.  I thank the Governor for signing AB 3205 into law.” 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

AB 1951 allows school districts to give 11th grade students a college entrance exam instead of state-required assessment

(SACRAMENTO) – Assembly Bill 1951, by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) to provide access to college admissions tests such as the SAT or ACT during the school day, passed the Legislature overwhelmingly and is on the way to the Governor’s desk.

AB 1951, The Pathways to College Act, would allow school districts to offer college admissions exams in lieu of the state-required 11th grade assessment. “AB 1951 is about opening the door to higher education for all California students,” Assemblymember O’Donnell said. “I urge the Governor to consider the strong support for the bill from students, school board members, superintendents and teachers and give school districts local control in offering a test that will increase the college going rate.”

Monday, June 18, 2018

Assemblymember O’Donnell responds to latest development in the effort to keep Community Hospital Long Beach operational 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

California budget includes funds for CSULB Shark Lab

 

(Sacramento) –The 2018-19 budget approved by the Legislature Thursday includes Assemblymember O’Donnell’s request for funding to research the increased number of shark sightings along the California coast.

The budget includes $3.75 million for the world-renowned California State University, Long Beach Shark Lab to conduct research of the rising number of shark sightings and incidents in local waters.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Chair of Assembly Education Committee is pleased that the state is living within its means while prioritizing funding for schools

Monday, June 4, 2018

AB 1951 allows school districts to give 11th grade students a college entrance exam instead of state-required assessment

 

(SACRAMENTO) – Assembly Bill 1951, by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) to provide access to college admissions tests such as the SAT or ACT during the school day, passed the Assembly Tuesday and now awaits referral to its first Senate policy committee.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

(Sacramento) – Assembly Bill 2191 by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) to fund research of increased local shark activity and shark sightings along the California Coast passed the Assembly Floor Thursday.

 “AB 2191 is about getting educated and staying safe in our local waters,” Assemblymember O’Donnell said. “I believe it is important that we understand why we are seeing more sharks along our coast so that we can be prepared and safe at the beach.”