The Sacramento Chronicles

By ASSEMBLYMEMBER DIANE DIXON

June 7, 2024

Hello Newport Beach!

It’s June and the countdown begins to the end of Session on August 31. There are many deadlines on the “to do list” – one of the big ones was the House of Origin deadline on May 24. This deadline required all bills introduced by an Assemblymember to be approved and passed to the Senate in order to continue moving forward. Similarly, all bills in the State Senate must be approved to begin the Assembly process. This deadline marked the halfway point in the legislative process. Since January, Assemblymembers introduced 1,520 new bills and 931 passed over to the Senate.

Now that we are in June, policy committee hearings have begun again for all of the 479 Senate bills (out of a total of 639 bills introduced) that have been referred to the Assembly. These bills have until July 3 to make it to the Appropriations Committee. Any bill that costs the state of California more than $150,000 annually will be heard in August at the final Appropriations Committee Hearing. At the end of all the hearings in mid-August, we will vote on about 800+/- bills on the Assembly floor.

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Diane Dixon (R-Newport Beach)

We’re not done with June yet! California must pass the State Budget by a constitutional deadline of June 15. As I write this message, Legislative leaders are negotiating with the Governor on what the final details of the budget will look like. There is a small detail of the budget deficit ranging from projections of $25 billion to $73 billion which must be closed before final action. Spending cuts to current programs and services are expected. While the chief budget bill must be passed by that deadline, we will still be voting on “trailer bills” through the end of the legislation session on August 31. A trailer bill is a budget bill that typically funds a specific policy area, and sometimes they enact significant policy changes without any public hearing. Unfortunately the process of determining what language is negotiated into these bills is not very transparent, and not every legislator has a seat at the table. I will have more to report on this issue next month.

My own bill package is making progress: I have seven bills still moving through the Senate’s policy committee process. I have already had two bills pass out of committees without any “no” votes. Assembly Bill 1774 focuses on the safety of youth in our communities by prohibiting the dangerous sale and use of E-Bike speed modifying kits, or tuning kits, and AB 2504 would name the State’s first seashell the Black Abalone. This is my fun bill!

At the end of session on August 31, bills that pass both houses will head to the Governor’s desk for a signature. The Governor can sign a bill into law, veto a bill preventing it from becoming law, or choose to take no action – in which case it will become law without his signature.  The month of September will be interesting to see which bills become law or die.

Join me at KelpFest! June 8 is World Oceans Day, and I am partnering with the Pacific Marine Mammal Center to honor the Black Abalone as our State’s seashell. The event is hosted by the Laguna Ocean Foundation and is happening at Main Beach in Laguna Beach on June 8th from 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Interested in joining me to do more to keep our oceans and beaches clean? I am building my Great Garbage Patch Working Group to come up with tangible action items to make our oceans clean and safe.

Not receiving invitations to my events? Send an email to assemblymember.dixon@assembly.ca.gov to be added to our distribution list or visit my website: Diane Dixon website. Be sure to follow me on Instagram, Facebook and X.

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 – have a great summer!

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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