Vidak's News & Views: May 2017

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Howdy Friends —

May: National Military Appreciation Month

American Soldiers against a flag and sky backdrop

This month’s newsletter is devoted to the brave men and women who serve and have served our great country.

National Military Appreciation Month was created in 1999 and is dedicated to honoring the service of all members of the U.S. armed services and their family members who support them. In particular this month is a time for reflection on America’s military history by remembering the wars that created, unified and defined our country and its values.

The California Vietnam Veterans Memorial, located on the grounds of the State Capitol in Sacramento, sums up the sacrifice of our brave soldiers, “All Gave Some, Some Gave All.” Let’s not forget this as we celebrate and reflect on those who have served and given their all for the United States of America.

  • May 1: Loyalty Day – This day provides each American an opportunity to reaffirm belief in the principles the United States represents to our citizens and the world – liberty, justice, and equality.

  • May 8: Victory in Europe Day – In December, 1941 the U.S. entered World War II, turning the war’s tide. Battles continued for three more years, until Germany surrendered to the Allied powers on May 8, 1945, a day called Victory in Europe (VE) Day.

  • May 12: Military Spouse Appreciation Day – It’s often said that U.S. service members never serve alone; their families serve along with them, wherever they go. May 12 commemorates the service and sacrifices that each family member makes in protecting our country.

  • May 20: Armed Forces Day – President Harry Truman designated May 20, 1950 as a day to recognize the contributions of the U.S. armed services to America’s peace and freedom and the strength these services can implement throughout the world as a unified fighting force.

  • May 29: Memorial Day – This day lets us honor those who sacrificed and gave the full measure of devotion to liberty. We should not forget the precious freedom we are so fortunate to enjoy here in America, because of their bravery and sacrifice.

For more information about National Military Appreciation Month and how we can honor those who have and currently are making the ultimate sacrifice, click here.

God Bless you and God Bless the United States of America.

Sincerely,

Senator Andy Vidak's signature

Andy

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May Mobile District Office Hours

Members of Andy’s staff will be holding Mobile District Office Hours in the following communities in May:

Earlimart
Thurs., May 4
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Fruit and Veggie Fest
Toro Loco Supermarket
636 S. Church St., Earlimart

Dinuba
Sat., May 6
12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Cinco de Mayo Festival
Rose Ann Vuich Park
855 E. El Monte Way, Dinuba

Wasco
Wed., May 24
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Wasco Veterans Hall
1280 Poplar Ave., Wasco

Lindsay
Thurs., May 25
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Lindsay Wellness Center
860 Sequoia Ave., Lindsay

Sanger
Fri., May 26
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Kings River Winery
4276 S. Greenwood Ave., Sanger

Buttonwillow
Tues., May 30
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Buttonwillow CHP Office
29449 Stockdale Hwy, Bakersfield

Mobile District Office hours are an opportunity for Senate District 14 residents to meet locally with a Team Vidak representative to hear more about Andy’s work in Sacramento and the Central Valley, have their questions answered or get help with specific state-related issues, including:

  • unemployment benefits;
  • issues with state agencies, such as the DMV and Franchise Tax Board;
  • licensing;
  • Medi-Cal;
  • small business assistance;
  • worker’s compensation;
  • state legislation; and
  • other state-related matters.

For more information, please contact Team Vidak’s Claudia Salinas (559) 264-3070 or email claudia.salinas@sen.ca.gov.

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Highlights of Andy’s 2017 Proposed Legislation

SJR 1 – Immigration Reform
Requests Congress and the president to work together to reform the United States’ broken immigration system.
– Held in Senate Judiciary Committee.

SB 414 – High-Speed Rail (HSR) Revote/ Reallocation of Bonds
Puts HSR back on the ballot for voters, and if approved, reallocates the bond funds to expand and repair local roads and state highways.
– Initially defeated in the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, but has been granted reconsideration.

SB 415 – High-Speed Rail Authority (HSRA): Excess Property ‘Use it or Lose it’
Creates a three-year timeframe for HSRA to either use or sell property.
– Initially defeated in the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, but has been granted reconsideration.

SB 453 – Local Law Enforcement Funding
Allocates funds for Arvin, Dinuba, McFarland, Orange Cove, Parlier, Reedley, Sanger, and Woodlake Police departments.
Co-authors: Assemblymembers Arambula, Mathis, and Salas.
– Hearing was held the Senate Public Safety Committee. No vote was taken, but consensus was reached to discuss funding in the 2017-2018 budget.

SB 495 – Racing Code Clean Up
The bill cleans up the Horse Racing Code by removing an obsolete section.
– Approved by the Senate Governmental Organization Committee on March 28, the Senate Floor on April 20, and is now pending in the Assembly.

SB 524 – Division of Labor: Good Faith
Immunizes employers from fines and penalties if the employer relied in good faith on specified written advice from the Division of Labor.
– Initially defeated in the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee, but has been granted reconsideration.

SB 530 – Farmworker Housing
Allows farms and ranches to build seasonal farmworker housing without having to apply for local permitting, regardless of local zoning ordinances.
– Has been designated a “two-year bill” meaning it will be taken up for a vote in January, 2018.

SB 586 – Assault and Battery: Federal Peace Officer
Increases the penalty for assaulting an on-duty federal agent working in California, to the same penalty for assaulting a California Peace Officer.
– Defeated in the Senate Public Safety Committee on April 18.

SB 609 – Right to Vote
Prevents government agencies from suing to stop certified local initiatives from making it on the ballot.
– Initially defeated in the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee, but has been granted reconsideration.

SB 666 – Gambling Conflict of Interest
Establishes regulations for former members and employees of the California Gambling Control Commission or Bureau of Gambling Control when they are seeking employment as a consultant or key employee of a gambling establishment.
– Approved by the Senate Governmental Organization Committee on April 25 and is now pending a vote in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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Team Vidak Out & About

Click on the photos below to read more about what’s happening in our Communities.

89th Annual California State FFA Leadership Conference

89th Annual California State FFA Leadership Conference

Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Youth of the Year

Boys and Girls Clubs of America's Youth of the Year

Fresno County Sheriff-Coroner’s Swearing in Ceremony

Fresno County Sheriff-Coroner's Swearing in Ceremony

2017 Reality Tour

2017 Reality Tour

Hispano Dental Care Grand Opening

Hispano Dental Care Grand Opening

2017 Tiger ROmP Competition at Reedley College

2017 Tiger ROmP Competition at Reedley College

Senate Commemorates Armenian Genocide

Senate Commemorates Armenian Genocide

Parlier Police Officer Jacob Aguilar Recognized

Parlier Police Officer Jacob Aguilar Recognized

2017 Miss Fresno County Pageant

2017 Miss Fresno County Pageant

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California Public Utilities Commission Meeting May 11 in Merced

California Public Utilities Commission Merced Meeting Letter
California Public Utilities Commission Merced Meeting Letter

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May Legislative Calendar Highlights

California Senate Seal

5/1    Senate Floor Session – State Capitol
5/4    Senate Floor Session – State Capitol
5/8    Senate Floor Session – State Capitol
5/9    Senate Governmental Organization Committee Hearing – State Capitol
5/11     Senate Floor Session – State Capitol
5/12  Last day for Senate Policy Committees to hear non-fiscal bills and report to the Senate Floor
5/15  Senate Floor Session – State Capitol
5/18  Senate Floor Session – State Capitol
5/22  Senate Floor Session – State Capitol
5/26  Senate Floor Session – State Capitol
5/26  Last day for Senate Fiscal Committees to hear bills and report to the Senate Floor
5/29  Memorial Day
5/30  Senate Floor Session – State Capitol
5/31  Senate Floor Session – State Capitol
 

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