The Sacramento Chronicles

By ASSEMBLYMEMBER DIANE DIXON

February 2, 2024

Hello Newport Beach!

We are off to a busy start in Sacramento. January’s main focus has been on finalizing bills that were introduced last year. Since it is the second year of a two-year session, those bills are already facing the House of Origin deadline. This deadline requires any bill that was introduced in the Assembly (their house of origin) to be voted over to the Senate by Wednesday, Jan. 31.

After the excitement of sending two-year bills to the Senate, we will now focus on legislative packages for the 2024 session. The deadline to introduce new bills this year is February 16. Last month in Stu News, I highlighted my two policies that focused on eBike safety (AB 1773 and AB 1774).

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Diane Dixon (R-Newport Beach)

This week, I introduced AB 1952 which seeks to increase the infant supplement formula and ensure it will be adjusted for inflation in the future. This funding supports parenting foster youth. We are working closely with our sponsor, Mary’s Path, which is a licensed short-term residential therapeutic program in Orange County. Mary’s Path provides intensive support to pregnant and parenting foster youth who have experienced significant trauma and child sex trafficking.

Mary’s Path is one of only four organizations in the state that has the expertise and capacity to serve these teen moms whose average age is 15. The bill would increase the infant supplement formula for the first time since 2016. This additional funding is critical for organizations like Mary’s Path to keep up with the soaring costs of infant needs – from diapers to formula – so mothers can focus on building bonds with their babies, their education and their own path to healing.

More bills to come – I will be introducing approximately 15 more bills to complete my legislative package through the middle of February.

Mark your Calendars for several upcoming events in the district:

Town Hall: Join my staff and me at a town hall focused on public safety and fentanyl on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. in Lake Forest.

Legislative Roundtable Discussion & Tour with Aliso Viejo Mayor Mike Munzing, the Glaukos Corporation team and Aliso Viejo Chamber of Commerce members on Friday, Feb. 23 at 10:15 a.m. at 1 Glaukos Way, Aliso Viejo to discuss California business policies.

Women’s Business Conference 2024: Hear from expert panels about women leaders in public service, the nonprofit sector and business and finance on Friday, March 22 at 8:45 a.m. at the Laguna Hills Community Center. Watch for the email announcement of the panels and speakers.

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 Twitter.

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 – be well!

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

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