Archived Cannella Capitol Update

February 4, 2013
Dear Friend, There is much to report after a very busy start to our legislative season! The Governor laid out his proposed budget and presented the State of the State. I have begun to introduce new legislation and am working with my Assembly and Senate on ideas for bills they have that I can also...
January 8, 2013
Dear Friend, I hope you and your families had a wonderful holiday season and happy start to 2013. I am excited at the possibilities that a new year brings and am looking forward to this year’s new legislative session. My 11 year–old son’s Christmas toast this year was “I hope none of us die, and we...
December 27, 2012
Dear Friend, As this year comes to a close, I see it as a time to reflect on what it has meant for me and my family. It is also a time to look forward and set goals for the upcoming year. All in all, I am very happy with 2012. As Senator, one of my main goals for this year was to create a better...
October 31, 2012
Dear Friend, The past month has sure been an exciting one. Governor Brown signed into law each of my bills sent to his desk. I have been able to spend much of my time outside of Sacramento, meeting with constituents and community leaders across the district. Not only that, but I have received...
September 28, 2012
Dear Friend, With the end of our legislative session came a number of long nights on the Senate floor debating issues ranging from public pension reform to immigration and restoring the Healthy Families program to the reform of the CEQA process. There were some significant achievements made,...
June 29, 2012
Dear Friend, The budget dominated this month and, once again, we faced a multi–billion dollar deficit. The budget that was passed last year was built on overly optimistic assumptions. As a result, we faced mid–year cuts, the so–called “trigger cuts,” which were devastating to programs we funded...
May 31, 2012
Dear Friend, This week, the Legislature has been busy working to meet the “house of origin” deadline, meaning that all bills introduced in the Senate or Assembly have been passed to the other house. I’m happy to report that three of my bills – SB 1155, SB 1327 and SB 1357 – passed the Senate with...
April 30, 2012
Dear Friend, As I’d mentioned last month, the legislation I introduced this year is beginning to make its way through the process. April was full of hearings to discuss whether the bills should continue to move forward. May will find more hearings and, mid-month, the Governor will present his...
March 30, 2012
Dear Friend, I know the English proverb is “March comes in like a lion, goes out like a lamb,” but that couldn’t be further from the truth this year. Now that the bill introduction window has closed, we begin to settle in and discuss the new legislation being proposed. For my legislation, that...
February 29, 2012
Dear Friend, Even though this year February has an extra day, it just flew by! The 24th was the final day for legislators to introduce new bills for the year. I’m excited about the bills I authored and coauthored and will be working hard for them to become law. As I’d said, I am carrying...

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