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Eighteen Of Runner's Bills Passed The Assembly Policy Committees

Measures include changing the kindergarten start date, community college legislation and key health bills.
(SACRAMENTO) --- As the 2005-06 legislative session is coming to a close in the next month, Senator George Runner (R-Antelope Valley) had 18 measures pass the Assembly policy committees. 

These measures will create positive change for Californians and for residents of Senate District 17. "We have been working hard to pass my legislation this year which will make positive changes for the 17th Senate District and in many cases all Californians.  The legislative proposals will help students and schools, address health issues and are focused on eliminating unnecessary bureaucratic waste," said Runner. 

One of the key legislative bills that passed the Assembly was legislation to change the kindergarten entrance date.  This legislation was first introduced in the mid-1980's by then-Assemblyman Jack O'Connell and until this week has never gotten this far in the legislative process. Other significant education measures authored by Runner that were passed by the Assembly Education Committee or the Assembly Higher Education Committee included:
*   Senate Bill 1185 closes a loophole to disallow school employees who have been caught with drugs and entered into court-mandated drug diversion program to receive back-pay. Passed Assembly Education Committee.

*   Senate Bill 1290 is joint-authored with Senator Denise Ducheny (D-San Diego) and would allow community colleges to use the uniform building code instead of the more arduous and bureaucratic Field Act. This important reform was adopted in the school bond which will be on the November ballot.  Passed Assembly Higher Education Committee.

*   Senate Bill 1303 will eliminate the five percent concurrent enrollment cap for high school students to take community college courses in the summer.  Currently, there is a five percent concurrent enrollment cap that keeps high school students from accessing community college classes during the summer and furthering their education. Passed Assembly Higher Education Committee.

*   Senate Bill 1304 will allow community colleges to use capital outlay state funds to acquire existing government-owned or privately owned property for much-needed facilities.  This legislation will cut costs and provide more tools by allowing community college districts to meet their facilities needs without construction.  Passed Assembly Higher Education Committee.

*   Senate Bill 1724 will reduce bureaucratic processes in the California State University system.  Passed Assembly Higher Education Committee.

*   Senate Bill 1764 will change the kindergarten start date from December 2nd to September 1st through a three-year transition. Passed Assembly Education Committee.

Other key legislative measures that passed Assembly policy committees include:

*   Senate Bill 162 (Ortiz and Runner) is sponsored by Governor Schwarzenegger and will split the Department of Health Services to create the new Department of Public Health.  This legislation is important for the public health and has a fiscal-neutrality provision. Passed Assembly Health Committee.

*   Senate Bill 475 will address a local issue in Santa Clarita. Passed Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee.

*   Senate Bill 535 will allow the City of Victorville to use the design-build process to save taxpayer dollars. Passed Assembly Local Government Committee.
 
*   Senate Bill 1232 is a measure sponsored by the California Medical Board and clarifies the law regarding out-of-state physicians. Passed Assembly Business and Professions Committee.
 
*   Senate Bill 1247 is sponsored by the Attorney General and is clean-up legislation regarding fingerprint rolling. Passed Assembly Public Safety Committee.

*   Senate Bill 1260 is joint-authored with Senator Deborah Ortiz (D-Sacramento) which would provide important protections for women who choose to donate their eggs through multi-egg extraction.  This measure includes written informed consent and many important safeguards. Passed Assembly Health Committee.

*   Senate Bill 1596 creates a public-private fund where counties can apply to the fund with a 50 percent match for a nurse-family partnership program.  These programs have been proven to help decrease infant death rates. Passed Assembly Health Committee.

*   Senate Bill 1807 is a measure to allow the Department of General Services to lease, sell or transfer vacated surplus property in Hesperia. Passed Assembly Business and Professions Committee.

*        Senate Bill 1835 (Florez and Runner) will prohibit an enforcement agency from issuing a solid waste facilities permit and the California Integrated Waste Management Board from concurring in the issuance of a solid waste facilities permit for a solid waste facility approved by a local initiative measure, unless the solid waste facility is consistent with local, state, and federal law, including, but not limited to, local planning, zoning, conditional use permit, and other local requirements. Passed Assembly Natural Resources Committee.

*   Senate Concurrent Resolution 93 will rename a portion of I-5 for the "Newhall Four" which are four brave CHP officers killed in the line of duty. Passed Assembly Appropriations Committee.

There are also two clean-up bills, SB 221 and SB 896, which passed the Assembly policy committee. In addition to these measures, SCA 16 which will create judicial districts in Los Angeles County will be heard in the first week in August.