12.16.21 Report Card: What did Assembly members from Orange County get done in 2021?

Excerpted from the Orange County Register 

By Brooke Staggs

Petrie-Norris, 46, is in her second term representing Assembly District 74, which stretches along the coast from Huntington Beach to Laguna Beach and includes most of Irvine. She serves on committees overseeing accountability, banking, jobs, revenue and veterans.

Legislation: Petrie-Norris authored 20 bills and two resolutions this year. Seven bills were signed into law, including AB 110 to prevent fraud in unemployment benefits, and AB 1057, to close a loophole in rules on ghost guns. She also was principal coauthor of SB 74, which aimed to invest $2.6 billion into grants for small businesses and nonprofit organizations struggling during the pandemic. Those investments were ultimately included in the approved state budget bill.

Communication: She held 15 town halls this year, covering topics from vaccines to self defense to housing. Her website and social media accounts provide legislative updates, press releases, event listings and many other resources.

Helping constituents: Petrie-Norris’ office assisted with 1,076 unemployment cases, six tax cases, seven DMV cases and 2,333 other inquiries from residents.

Vote record: The Assemblywoman missed 13% or four of 31 key votes tracked in September by Vote Smart. Here’s how she voted on three high-profile bills this year (see details of bills above):

– No on SB 9

– Missed vote on SB 2

– Yes on AB 101

Personal highlight: Petrie-Norris also touts securing state budget funds such as $14.3 million to support fighting wildfires in Orange County, $18.8 million for the Orange Coast Community College Chemistry Building,  $21 million for historic cottage rehabilitation at Crystal Cove State Park and $8 million for preservation of Banning Ranch.