The Sacramento Chronicles


March 1, 2024

Hello Newport Beach!

February went by very quickly! The deadline to introduce bills for the 2024 Legislative Session was on February 16. I introduced 13 substantive bills this year. I am working hard to connect with Committee Chairs, Committee Members and other stakeholders to ensure a smooth process. Some of my bills have been referred to policy committees – the next step in the legislative process. Several are still waiting to be referred. Policy Committee Hearings are set to begin in March.

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Diane Dixon (R-Newport Beach)

I am the Vice Chair of the Assembly Judiciary Committee and I am a sitting Member of the Assembly Committee on Appropriations, Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization, the Assembly Committee on Business & Professions and the Assembly Committee on Banking & Finance. In March and April, scheduling becomes significantly more difficult as I will be attending committee hearings as a voting member and presenting bills in front of committees as an author. Two of my committees meet on the same day and at the same time, so it’s a juggling act to race between both committees – one meets in the Capitol building and the other in our legislative office building. We certainly get our exercise.

Below are several of my bills that I would like to highlight for you this month:

AB 2274 – Back-to-School Tax Holiday: Will exempt the purchase of school supplies from California State sales tax for the first weekend in August each year. Californians are facing an affordability crisis right now. This bill provides a reprieve for families.

AB 2393 – Newport Dunes Lease Extension: Will extend the lease for public trust lands at Newport Bay, so the county can have more flexibility to enhance public access and recreation opportunities.

AB 2504 – State Seashell: Will recognize the Black Abalone as the state seashell for the State of California – my “fun bill.”

AB 2766 – Early Release Transparency Act: Will make records at the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation pertaining to an inmate’s early release subject to disclosure under the California Public Records Act.

AB 2912 – GAS PRICES Act: Will promote transparency and accountability for the price drivers pay at the pump by requiring the California Energy Commission to provide monthly online updates on the change in the cost of gasoline.

AB 3153 – Ferry EV Extension: Let’s Save the Balboa Ferry! My bill will serve as a back-up in the event the Balboa Island Ferry (BIF) is not successful working through the regulatory process which is requiring the Ferry to fully electrify before December 31, 2025. Specifically, my bill would allow the BIF to continue current operations for another 15 years while new EV technology is being developed and becomes affordable. Currently, the BIF is applying to various grant programs to obtain funding for electrification of their three-ferry fleet.

In addition to Committee Hearings in March and April, I will be monitoring the outcome of the Governor’s proposed state budget. The Legislative Analyst’s Office released a report predicting that the state budget deficit will be $73 billion for 2024/25. I will be keeping an eye on how the governor plans to address this in his May revision of the budget, or May Revise. I will keep you updated.

Mark your Calendars for several upcoming events in the District:

CHP Age Well, Drive Smart: Learn from the California Highway Patrol with valuable training on being a safe driver and earn a certificate that may result in a reduced auto insurance rate. Takes place on Tuesday, March 5 at 10 a.m. at the Huntington Beach Senior Center.

Senior Scam Stoppers Event: Learn more about protecting yourselves from identity thieves and scammers in a hands-on presentation by the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation on Friday, March 15 at 10 a.m. at the Laguna Woods City Council Chambers.

Women’s Business Conference 2024: Hear from women leaders in public service, the non-profit industry and in business and finance on setting goals and achieving results. Resources available include rebuilding careers, accessing capital, career training and managing future plans. Takes place on Friday, March 22 at 8:45 a.m. at the Laguna Hills Community Center.

Don’t forget to get out the vote for the Primary Election on Tuesday, March 5.

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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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