Press Releases

Daly Congratulates Anthony Rendon on becoming 70th Speaker of the State Assembly

Today, I had the great privilege of seeing my friend, Anthony Rendon, sworn in as the new Speaker of the State Assembly.  I cannot think of a better person to lead our efforts to reduce poverty, make government more accountable, and strengthen our democracy by bringing more Californians into the political process.  As Speaker Rendon stated today, we must focus on “real actions that make real differences in real lives.”

Daly Introduces Bill to Prevent Future Sale of OC Fairgrounds

Assemblymember Tom Daly (D – Anaheim) introduced on February 11, 2016  AB 1907, new legislation to eliminate a provision in state law authorizing the sale of the Orange County Fair & Event Center property.

That authority has existed since 2009, when the State Legislature agreed to support a proposal by then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to sell the fairgrounds, along with several other sites, as part of an effort to close a large state budget deficit during the Great Recession.

Daly Urges the University of California to Accept Computer Science Courses as a Math Credit for Admission Purposes

(Sacramento) Today, Assemblymember Tom Daly (D-Anaheim) sent a letter to the Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools (BOARS) at the University of California to request computer science be categorized as a math class for admission purposes.

The tech industry in California has seen tremendous growth and it comprises one of the largest and best paying sectors in the entire state. The State Legislature recently passed two bills allowing California students to receive math credit in high school for computer science classes.  However, a computer science course only registers as elective credits during the University admissions process, which can discourage college-bound students from enrolling in this critical subject.

Daly’s Bill Assisting First-Time Home Buyers and Veterans is Signed by the Governor

Orange County features many Home Owner Associations (HOAs), many of which are currently not certified for FHA and VA home loan acceptance.  My legislation, Assembly Bill 596, would require HOAs to report on the status of their FHA and VA certifications, prompting many to gain certification and make more homes accessible to veterans and working families.

I’m proud to report that the Governor signed this bill into law on August 12th. The new law goes into effect starting July 1, 2016.

Read more about this bill:

New state law helps veterans, first-timers buy homes - OC Register

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New state law aims to help military vets become homeowners - KPCC

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Governor and Legislature Reach Budget Agreement

SACRAMENTO – Today, the Governor and State Legislature announced agreement on a budget for Fiscal Year 2015-2016.  The budget addresses the priorities and needs of our state, including paying down debt and providing more resources to schools and hard-working Californians.

“I applaud the Governor, Assembly Speaker Atkins, and Senate President pro-Tem De León on crafting an agreement that is based on sound fiscal principles,” said Assemblymember Daly.  “Importantly, the budget pays down the state’s debts and invests in the Rainy Day Fund, while investing in our public schools and universities.”

To read more about this agreement, please click here to read the Governor’s press release.

Assembly Committee Passes Daly Measure to Reduce Fire Authority Board of Directors

Sacramento – The Assembly Committee on Local Government voted Wednesday to approve Assembly Bill 1217 by Assemblymember Tom Daly (D-Anaheim). The measuremodernizes the structure of the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) Board of Directors by reducing the size of its current membership from 25 to 13. The committee vote was 5-2, with two committee members not voting.

Daly Bill Ensuring Justice for Sexual Assault Victims Passes Key Committee

AB 860 Closes a Loophole Allowing Some Offenders to Be Prosecuted for Lesser Offenses

On April 7, the Assembly Public Safety Committee voted unanimously to approve legislation which closes a loophole in state sexual assault law. Assembly Bill 860, by Assemblymember Tom Daly (D – Anaheim), ensures that Californians are protected from sexual predators that provide professional services, such as doctors, chiropractors, massage therapists and others in positions of trust.

“Professional service providers who sexually assault their clients during the course of a treatment session are usually charged with a felony,” Daly said. “However, under certain circumstances, California law only allows particular offenders to be charged with misdemeanor sexual battery.

Daly Seeks Additional Funding for Paid Family Leave Program

A Recent Survey Finds More Californians Would Utilize PFL If They Knew it Existed

Assemblymember Tom Daly (D – Anaheim) is seeking additional funding for public education and outreach for California’s Paid Family Leave Program (PFL). The program, which is administered by the state Employment Development Department (EDD), provides vital financial assistance to Californians who need to take time off from work to bond with a newborn child or care for a sick family member.   

PFL provides up to six weeks of partial wage replacement to workers who participate in the State Disability Insurance program.  However, a Field Poll released in January found that only 36% of California voters were aware of the program’s existence. According to Daly, “These results indicate that working families need to be informed of its existence.”