Sharon's Priorities

Sharon has been a classroom teacher for three decades. She knows a quality education is a right, not a privilege. Sharon supports increased funding, local control, and better access.
As Chair of the Assembly Committee on Jobs Sharon has fought to grow our economy. It’s why she is supported by both the Orange County Business Council and CA Federation of Labor.
130,000 veterans call Orange County home. Sharon has been the leading voice to bring Orange County a National Veterans Cemetery to honor these men and women who fight in uniform.
Keeping us safe requires more than talk.  In 2013, facing severe budget cuts, Sharon stepped in, got Orange its fair share of vehicle license fees, and prevented reductions to public safety programs.
Traffic is more than an inconvenience. It is a disease that damages our economy and pollutes our environment. It’s time for California to invest in it’s infrastructure again.
California has cut the uninsured rate by more than half.  Sharon knows it’s not nearly enough. We need to continue to be an example of how to expand access to quality affordable health care.

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Progress is never easy. But we’re not here for the easy fights.

Legislative Accomplishments


Education

ACR 53 (Sober Graduation Month)- Encourages participation in alcohol and drug free graduation ceremonies.  

AB 584 (College Aid)- Establishes Orange County’s Student Opportunity and Access Program to help more students access high quality educational opportunities.

AB 490 (College Access Tax Credit)- Extends tax credits that reduce the cost of receiving a higher education.  

 


Jobs

AB 1560 (California Competes Tax Credit Program Increase) – Increased tax credits available to the California businesses which create the most jobs and wages.

AB 674 (Microenterprises) – Helps microenterprises gain more access to government resources by providing training, technical assistance and microloans to small business owners.

 


Veterans

AB 1453 (The Orange County Veterans Cemetery Act) – Required the first step to establishing a Southern California Veterans Cemetery in Orange County.

AB 2664 – (Military Family Relief Fund) – Provides financial aid grants to members of the California National Guard who have been called to active duty.

AB 1733 (Homeless Fee Waiver Records) – Allows homeless individuals to get a free identification card so they can qualify for assistance program.

 


Public Safety

AB 701 (Vehicle License Fee Adjustment Account) – Provided Orange County with $53 million to settle a long-term dispute with the state, preventing severe budget cuts including reductions for public safety programs.

AB 1459 (Murder of a Peace Officer)- Mandates that the murder of a peace officer shall be considered first degree murder.

 


Transportation

AB 466 (Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Funds) – Brought approximately $47 million in federal funds to Orange County for projects to shorten commute times, lower air pollution and improve our transportation system.

 


Health Care

AD 1045 (Drug Recalls)- Protects patients by requiring they be notified within 12 hours if compounded prescription drugs are recalled.

ACR 203 (Donate Life)- Encourages Californians to join the Donate Life California Organ and Tissue Donor Registry at the DMV.

AB 974 (Veteran’s Mental Health Care)- Requires better tracking of spending on mental health services for veterans.

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