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06.12.21 Orange County Remembers Residents Who Died from Coronavirus in Countywide Memorial

Excerpted from Voice of OC

By Omar Sanchez

More than 5,000 candles were lit Friday night vigil in the first memorial sponsored by county government to residents who died from Coronavirus.

Cutouts of doves imprinted with the message “Forever loved forever missed” were placed around the lake behind the Costa Mesa Avenue of the Arts Hotel in the 7:30 p.m. gathering with more than 50 attendees. 

6.08.21 Letter Urging to the Governor to Increase Budget Reserves

Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach) has signed on to a letter authored by her colleagues Assemblymembers Tim Grayson (D-Concord) and Tom Daly (D-Anaheim) urging Governor Gavin Newsom to increase reserves in the proposed 2021-22 State Budget.

RELEASE: Bill to Modernize Domestic Violence Hotlines Advances

AB 689 Will Expand Access to Services for Survivors

SACRAMENTO – Legislation to expand access to domestic violence services, authored by Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris, has passed the Senate Public Safety with unanimous bipartisan support. AB 689 will allow for survivors of domestic violence to seek help via text and other computer-based technologies.

06.02.21 CA Assembly passes EDD bill aimed at preventing prison fraud

Excerpted from KCRA3

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —The assembly passed bills on Wednesday addressing reform of the state's troubled Employment Development Department.

Assembly Bill 110 would require that EDD cross-reference records of those incarcerated with the unemployment records and applications.

After a KCRA 3 investigation revealed the rampant fraud being perpetrated against the state's unemployment department, district attorneys across the state started their own investigation.

RELEASE: Assembly Passes Legislation to Protect Unemployment Funds from Fraudsters

Bill to Thwart Prisoner Abuse of Unemployment Benefits Moves to Second House

SACRAMENTO – After tens of thousands of fraudulent claims and more than $810 million taxpayer dollars lost, the California State Assembly voted to pass legislation to implement standard fraud-prevention practices at California's Employment Development Department (EDD).

05.28.21 State Bill Seeks to Close Restraining Order Ghost Gun Loophole

Excerpted from NBC7

By Alexis Rivas

“When I found out these ghost guns are not subject to California’s gun violence restraining orders,” said Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (74th District - Orange County). “I was shocked, and I knew something had to be done to close this dangerous loophole”

Petrie-Norris worked with Friedman to author State Bill 1057, which classifies ghost gun parts as weapons that could be seized through a GVRO.

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