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04.19.21 Newport Beach planning $12 million system to fight Balboa Island flooding

Newport Beach isn’t alone in its fight against rising seas, lawmakers are also paying more attention to the coast’s vulnerability to sea level rise.

On April 15, two coastal protection bills authored by Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach) were passed unanimously by the Assembly’s Committee on Natural Resources. There are a slew of other bills under consideration in the Legislature with various proposals for addressing sea levels.

RELEASE: Bill to Protect Substance Abuse Recovery Patients Advances

AB 1158 Establishes Minimum Insurance Coverage for Treatment Facilities and Recovery Residences

SACRAMENTO – The California Assembly Health Committee has unanimously passed legislation authored by Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris to protect patients recovering from alcohol and substance abuse.

RELEASE: Legislation to Modernize Domestic Violence Hotline Services Passes First Committee

AB 689 Will Authorize Text & Computer-based Technologies

SACRAMENTO– In response to increasing rates of domestic violence reports during the COVID-19 pandemic, Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris introduced AB 689 which will support the expansion of domestic violence crisis hotline services to include computer chat and phone text platforms. This bill passed the Assembly’s Public Safety committee with unanimous support.

RELEASE: Legislation Incentivizing Life-Saving Innovation Advances

The Golden State Innovation Act Passes First Policy Committee

SACRAMENTO — At a pivotal point in global pandemic response and recovery, the Assembly’s Revenue and Taxation Committee voted unanimously to support AB 593 which will incentivize the innovation of life-saving therapies, like the COVID-19 vaccine.

RELEASE: Orange County Legislators Condemn KKK Activity in Huntington Beach

Senators Dave Min, Tom Umberg and Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris speak out ahead of KKK-promoted “White Lives Matter” march this weekend

ORANGE COUNTY, CA — Three key California State Legislators representing Huntington Beach spoke out today to condemn a Ku Klux Klan-promoted “White Lives Matter” rally this weekend in Huntington Beach, as well as reports of KKK flyers distributed in Newport Beach and Huntington Beach in recent weeks.

04.08.21 California advances bill aimed at massive unemployment fraud

Excerpted from the Los Angeles Times

By Don Thompson

California lawmakers on Thursday advanced what they called common sense legislation requiring two state agencies to share information aimed at helping stop billions of dollars in pandemic-related unemployment fraud.

The measure that cleared its first committee would require the beleaguered Employment Development Department to crosscheck unemployment applications with inmate records to identify fraudulent claims.


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