Several bills authored by state Sen. Carol Liu, D-La Cañada Flintridge, recently passed the Senate and now await Gov. Jerry Brown's approval.
The bills include efforts to assist food banks, boost interagency collaboration at the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, and aid in the promotion of arts in schools, according to a news release.
Liu, whose district includes Glendora, has seven other bills pending during this legislative session, which ends Sept. 13. The governor has an Oct. 13 deadline to sign or veto bills sent to his desk.
“I want to thank the nonprofit organizations, environmental groups, and arts advocates who supported these bills, testified in hearings, and met with other legislators urging their support,” said Liu, Chair of the Senate Education Committee. “I encourage the Governor to sign these bills into law.”
The following is a description of each bill provided by Liu:
- SB 116, which extends the Emergency Food Assistance Program check-off on state income tax forms from January 1, 2014 (the current expiration date) until January 1, 2019. These taxpayer donations generated nearly $350,000 for food banks last year.
- SB 238, which allows the Supervisor of the Angeles National Forest to vote as a Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Board member on matters related to projects located within or substantially affecting the Forest. The Legislature in 1980 created the Conservancy, which has helped to preserve more than 69,000 acres of parkland in both wilderness and urban settings.
- SB 789, which clarifies state law to help the California Arts Council administer funds generated by sale of the Arts special interest license plate. Plate sales generate nearly $3 million annually for arts programs in schools and communities.
Liu 25th Senate District includes Burbank, Glendale, Sunland-Tujunga, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Montrose,Pasadena,Altadena, San Marino, South Pasadena, Sierra Madre, Monrovia, Bradbury, Duarte,Glendora,San Dimas, La Verne, Claremont, and Upland.
-Written by Melanie C. Johnson