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The Sacramento Chronicles


January 5, 2024

Hello Newport Beach!

Happy New Year! This week we officially reconvened the 2024 Legislative Session in Sacramento. As we start the second year of a two-year session, I look forward to continuing to navigate the vagaries of the legislative process to serve the constituents of Assembly District 72. I am pleased with my accomplishments last year and have a renewed commitment for what is ahead!

As of January 3, our first day in session, members began introducing new legislation. I am pleased to tell you I have introduced a transportation package related to electric bicycles, also referred to as e-bikes. AB 1773 and AB 1774 aim to address public safety concerns over e-bikes. More specifically, AB 1773 will allow local jurisdictions more enforcement control over their beach boardwalks and AB 1774 focuses on limiting the high speeds of e-bikes. More bill introductions will be occurring through February 16 and I will keep you informed.

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Diane Dixon (R-Newport Beach)

In addition to new bills, we will be focused on two-year bills carried over from last year that hope to make it through the legislative process this year. Those bills have a special deadline of January 12 to be heard in policy committees. Committees are anticipated to begin meeting next week to vote on those particular bills.

Speaking of committees, I have some updates to my committee assignments. I am the new vice chair of the Assembly Judiciary Committee, and I was added to the Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization. I will continue to be a member of the Assembly Committees on Business and Professions and Banking and Finance. I am no longer a member of the Local Government Committee for which I had a particular affinity. I intend to follow local government legislation and stay informed of proposed legislation affecting our cities and county. As you know, committees are an important part of the legislative process. They hold public hearings where members of the committees consider the pros and cons of bills that have been introduced. If a bill moves forward, it will either head to a fiscal committee or the Assembly Floor so all 80 members can vote on it.

Now that we are back in session full-time, my schedule returns to Monday through Thursday afternoon in Sacramento and Thursday afternoon through Monday morning in the district.

Here are a few local district events Iā€™d like to highlight and hope to see you at! Please join me in a day of community service ā€“ whatever organization you choose to support ā€“ on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 15.

I will be hosting a Town Hall in Huntington Beach about E-Bikes on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 2:30 p.m. Then on the morning of Saturday, Jan. 27, I will be joining the City of Laguna Woods at the opening of its brand-new public library located adjacent to City Hall on El Toro Road. For more information or details on upcoming events, please watch your emails! If you would like to sign up to receive Sacramento legislative and district updates, check out my website: Diane Dixon website or follow me on Instagram, Facebook and X.

Are you or someone you know interested in working in an Assembly District Office? Consider joining our team! We are looking for a qualified Field Representative in our Newport Beach District Office. Additionally, we are always looking for interns in our Capitol and district offices. Please call my District Office at 949.798.7221 for more information.

Thank you Stu News for keeping our local residents informed! I am honored to reach Stu News readers with highlights about my life and times serving you in Sacramento. Until next month ā€“ be well!

Diane Dixon is a two-term Newport Beach City Council member and two-time mayor. She is currently serving her first term in Sacramento.

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