SACRAMENTO–Legislation authored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) to reform SANDAG, fight gender salary discrimination and protect clean drinking water in schools was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee.
AB 805 would reform the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), improving accountability, transparency and representation at the troubled transportation agency.
Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher’s bill would, among other things, modify the voting structures of SANDAG, MTS and NCTD to better reflect the populations they serve; create an Audit Committee that includes members of the public; require that SANDAG provide annual reports to the state about the region’s transit issues; and insist that regional transportation plans address greenhouse gas reduction rules and the needs of disadvantaged communities.
“SANDAG badly needs reforming,” Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher said. “The people who are most directly impacted by SANDAG simply don’t have enough of a voice to demand accountability from an agency caught red-handed in misleading the public.”
AB 1209, the Gender Pay Gap Transparency Act, addresses one of the nation’s more pernicious problems – the wage gap between men and women. The bill will require large companies to make public their mean and median salary data by classification and gender. The information will help the public determine which companies treat women properly in terms of salary, and which don’t, according to Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher.
“Nothing helps fight discrimination quite like shining a light on it,” Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher. “It’s inexcusable that women, on average, get paid less than men for doing the exact same job. This bill will give the public concrete data so we can judge for ourselves which companies are committed to pay equity and which ones need to improve their pay practices.”
AB 746 is a bill that will require schools to test for lead in their water supplies and notify parents if this testing discovers any lead. The problem of lead in school drinking water is hardly theoretical. In recent months, several San Diego-area schools have discovered lead contamination in their water. Even the slightest trace of lead in water is unsafe, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
“Protecting our kids is one of the state’s most sacred responsibilities,” Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher said. “It should go without saying that parents need to know if their kids are drinking lead-tainted water at school. This is basic common sense. This is a fundamental health issue.”
The committee also approved a list of other bills authored by Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher:
- AB 81, English Language Learners, notifies parents of English language learner students of their rights and responsibilities.
- AB 216, Postage-Paid Mail Ballots, makes voting easier by requiring counties to pre-pay postage on vote-by-mail ballots
- AB 250, Low-Cost Coastal Accommodations, promotes more low-cost lodging options on California’s coast
- AB 386, Legal Aid for Deported Veterans, establishes a legal aid fund for wrongly deported military vets
- AB 480, Diaper Program, makes diapers more affordable by allowing CalWORKs to reimburse low-income families for diapers
- AB 568, Pregnancy Leave for School Employees, ensures that expecting mothers who work for school and community college districts can go on pregnancy leave
- AB 569, Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act, protects women from getting fired for their personal reproductive health decisions
- AB 668, Voting Modernization Bond Act of 2018, ensures the integrity of our elections by funding the upgrade of voting systems
- AB 1068, Prison Industry Authority Pilot Program, fights prison recidivism by establishing a pilot program for the state to contract with private firms that hire ex-felons
- AB 1070, Consumer Protections for Solar Systems, protects homeowners by requiring stronger consumer protection disclosure forms for solar energy systems
- AB 1080, Employee Healthcare Coverage Bid Preference, encourages private companies to offer quality healthcare
- AB 1221, Drunk Driving Prevention Training, prevents drunk driving by making sure restaurant and bar staff can recognize when a customer has had too much alcohol
- AB 1312, Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights, makes sure victims of sexual assault are aware of their rights and that rape kits are kept until justice can be served
- AB 1530, Improvements to Urban Forestry, promotes the planting of more trees in urban areas and facilitates better management of urban forestry