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RELEASE: Momentum Builds to End Child Marriage in California

AB 1286 Will Strengthen County Reporting Requirements

SACRAMENTO – In a critical step to end child marriage, Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris has introduced AB 1286 which passed the Assembly Health Committee with unanimous bipartisan support. This bill requires counties to report the number of child marriages to the state on a quarterly basis. California is one of only 13 states that does not have a minimum age requirement for marriage.

RELEASE: Earth Day Focus on Sea-Level Rise Prevention

Leading Experts Strategize to Safeguard California’s Coast and Cut Green Tape

SACRAMENTO – In celebration of Earth Day, Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris held a virtual press conference with leading scientists and advocates to highlight the risks threatening California’s coastal communities. The Assemblywoman highlighted legislative efforts to cut green tape and expand coastal protection. 

04.21.21 New bill would expand domestic violence hotline services in California

Excerpted from Spectrum News 1

By Sarina Sandoval and Hannah Poukish

A Southern California legislator proposed a new law to help domestic violence centers expand their hotline services for victims of abuse.

Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach) introduced Assembly Bill 689 to support these organizations as they update their services to include computer chat and phone text platforms.


RELEASE: Legislation to Close a Dangerous Ghost Gun Loophole Moves Forward

AB 1057 Adds Handmade Firearms to Gun Violence Restraining Orders

SACRAMENTO – America continues to battle an epidemic of gun violence. In the last month alone, our nation has suffered more than 45 mass shootings. In response to this rise in gun violence, the California Legislature continues to work for comprehensive gun safety laws.

04.21.21 Ghost guns could be regulated by new California bill

Excerpted from the Orange County Register

By Brooke Staggs

A man who went on a shooting rampage in the tiny Northern California town of Rancho Tehama Reserve in 2017, killing five people, had a court order prohibiting him from buying or owning guns.

But Kevin Janson Neal took advantage of a loophole in California laws aimed at keeping guns away from people flagged as dangerous: He built his own rifles at home.

04.19.21 Community picnic at Huntington Beach Central Park celebrates diversity

Excerpted from the Los Angeles Times

By Matt Szabo

Ample sunshine in Huntington Beach on Sunday provided a pleasant backdrop for hundreds to meet up at Central Park for a community picnic held to promote inclusion and diversity.

Attendees talked to community leaders, watched live music performances and visited a variety of food trucks.

04.19.21 Wealth Tax Proposal In California Splits Progressive, Moderate Lawmakers

Progressive lawmakers in California are pushing for an ambitious wealth tax on the ultra-rich, but moderate Democrats have chafed at the idea. 

Assembly Bill 310, dubbed The California Tax on Extreme Wealth, would impose an annual 1% tax on net worth over $50 million, and a 1.5% tax on net worth over $1 billion. It would also require a constitutional amendment to increase the state’s current wealth tax cap. 


Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D–Laguna Beach) is one of several moderate Democrats who say the proposal is unworkable. 


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