Monday, August 27, 2018

As excerpted from the Uken Report:

SACRAMENTO — One of Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia’s most high-profile pieces of legislation this session was Assembly Bill 2439, which proposed to designate the LGBTQ Veterans Memorial at Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City as the official state LGBTQ veterans memorial.

With Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature safely secured, the granite obelisk is now the state’s official LGBTQ Veterans Memorial. California is the first state in the nation to designate such a memorial.

It was an accomplishment years in the making, but it is not the only victory the assemblyman scored.

Now entering the final stretch of the 2018 California legislative session, the remainder of Assemblyman Garcia’s, D-Coachella, measures that focus on his district face their final hurdles before becoming law. With five signed bills already under his belt, the Assemblyman will have until the end of next week to bring the rest of his legislative proposals to fruition.

A majority of Garcia’s initiatives were brought forward by local entities or prompted by prevalent local issues. AB 2746 related to tax sale process and AB 2495 addressing city litigation fees are among those awaiting the Gov. Brown’s signature.

“The county of Imperial asked that I carry AB 2746 in order to clarify the California tax code to enable treasurer-tax collectors throughout the state to continue their tax sale process, without being impaired if a bankruptcy is filed after the right of redemption has expired,” Garcia said in a prepared statement. “These amendments will help save counties, like Imperial, from unnecessary litigation expenses.”