Promises Made - Promises Kept

PUBLIC SAFETY


Protecting kids from online predators


  • AB 755 (2011) I authored AB 755 to establish California’s Electronic Securing and Targeting of Online Predators Act (E-STOP) in conjunction with the KlaasKids Foundation for Children, and former Facebook Chief Privacy Officer Chris Kelly.  When AB 755 failed in the Legislature, it went before the voters in Proposition 35 and passed overwhelmingly.


Officer Kevin Tonn Memorial Highway


  • SCR 74  (2014) - On January 15, 2013, Officer Kevin Tonn of the Galt Police Department lost his life in the line of duty while responding to a residential burglary.  This resolution honors the life and service of Officer Tonn, and designates the portion of State Highway Route 99 in the City of Galt, as the Officer Kevin Tonn Memorial Highway.  


Homicide trial reimbursements:  Local governments facing tight budgets shouldn’t have to choose between paying the costs for high profile homicide trials, and taking law enforcement officers off the streets. 



  • AB 1820 (2008) In April 2004, Merced Gangster Crips gang member Toa Rivera killed Merced Police Officer Stephan Gray during a routine traffic stop.  Rivera was later convicted and sentenced to death.  State law allows for partial reimbursement for these high profile cases.  But changes to the State funding formula placed reimbursement for this case in jeopardy.  AB 1820 clarified that trial costs for this case would still be eligible for reimbursement under a previous formula. 


Synthetic Drugs: Taking “zombie” drugs & “bath salts” off our streets. 


  • SB 1283 (2014) In May 2014, a nationwide drug sting netted 11 tons of synthetic drugs worth $20 million dollars.   These designer drugs were manufactured in warehouses in Stockton and Millbrae. They are concocted in labs and marketed to our kids. Underground chemists skirt the law by altering their chemical compounds to come up with new versions, which are not illegal YET. SB 1283 prohibits the use and possession of synthetic drugs.

CHILDRENS' HOSPITAL


Childrens’ Hospital Funding - Galgiani led the efforts to protect the Children’s Hospital funding for our most vulnerable populations during the State’s Budget crisis. 


  • AB 2474 (2008), AB 896 (2009), and AB 1872 (2010) - Ensures continuous healthcare for California's most medically fragile pediatric population, during the State budget crisis. These bills guarantee higher reimbursement rates to hospitals that provide catastrophic medical care for infants and children in the California Children's Services (CCS) program and the Genetically Handicapped Person's Program (GHPP). Infants and children in these programs have rare, difficult to treat, and potentially fatal illnesses.

CRIME VICTIMS


Senator Cathleen Galgiani is chair of the Select Committee for Missing and Unidentified Persons.  There are more than 25,000 missing and unidentified persons in the California Attorney General's repository of cold cases. ​


Missing & Unidentified Persons Records


  • SB 1066 (2014) - Requires the Department of Justice (DOJ) to maintain dental records, and to serve as a statewide repository for final reports of investigation for missing and unidentified persons.  Existing law requires the DOJ to maintain a publicly accessible Internet directory for missing children, and unsolved homicides.  This directory includes photographs, dental records, and DNA (when available) for missing persons, in order to assist in their identification and recovery.  This bill requires the DOJ to maintain the same information for missing adults, and expands responsibilities for an agency investigating the death of an unidentified person. 


Criminal Profiling


  • SB 846 (2014)  Expands the authority of the California Department of Justice (DOJ) to use a criminal profiling tool, known as “linkage analysis,” to help local law enforcement compare records of missing and unidentified loved ones, with homicide cases from other jurisdictions.  Open and closed homicide cases are stored electronically so that investigators can query a searchable database for similar cases.  “Linkage analysis” is used by the FBI to identify similar characteristics that may exist in a series of unsolved murders, suggesting the likelihood that the crimes were committed by the same offender, even though they occurred in different geographical regions.  SB 846 expands the authority of the CA DOJ to use this criminal profiling tool, to help local law enforcement resolve their cold cases.

Cathleen Galgiani 2016

HEALTH & MENTAL HEALTH CARE


Telemedicine & Rural Healthcare – Expanding access in medically underserved areas. 


  • AB 2120 (2008) Allows medical providers who use telemedicine in medically underserved rural and urban areas, to receive Medi-Cal reimbursement for optometry and dermatology services.  The lack of primary care practitioners, and the lack of transportation for patients in remote areas, continue to be barriers for patients in need of healthcare.  Telemedicine uses interactive audio, and video technology via satellite, to allow medical providers to consult with patients.  


Mental Health – Mental health care for California’s youth. 


  • AB 1780 (2008) Senator Galgiani worked with the Schwarzenegger administration to develop the administrative structure for the operations and fiscal management of the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) program, which provides mental health services for our children & youth, including our youth in the LGBT community. 


Dental Care – Improving access with portable dental units 


  • SB 562 (2013) Establishes a framework for "portable dental units" to be regulated by the Dental Board of California (DBC).   A portable dental unit can be used by a dentist, or dental hygienist at various field sites.  SB 562 will help ensure the availability of dental health care services for patients who receive care in remote or underserved areas in the Central Valley. 


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SMALL BUSINESSES


Tax Credits & Enterprise Zones (EZs) – Extending tax credits for local businesses. 


  • SB 90 (2013) Increased the number of years that sales tax and income tax credits can be used, and ensured that industries like food processing, wineries and other types of manufacturing are eligible for EZ credits. In support, the California Chamber of Commerce wrote, “A new and improved tax treatment for manufacturing and R&D investments will send a strong message that California favors fair tax policies that make the state more business-friendly, even during difficult economic times."


Prompt Payment for State Contracts 


  • AB 2181 (2012) Small businesses shouldn’t be at the mercy of government agencies when waiting for payment on work that’s been performed.   AB 2181 forces the State to make prompt payments to certified small businesses working on rail transportation projects, or pay late fees just like the rest of us. 


Fictitious Business Names - Eliminating redundant regulations on small businesses. 


  • SB 146 (2015) Eliminates redundant regulations on small businesses by requiring only a single registration of realtors fictitious business names.  Specifically, this bill exempts “team names” of realtors from the requirement of filing a fictitious business name (FBN) with their local county when providing real estate services.

IDENTITY THEFT & MEDI-CAL FRAUD


 Medi-Cal Fraud – Fraud + Identity Theft = Billions Stolen from Health Care. 


  • AB 381 (2007) It’s estimated that California taxpayers get ripped off for $2.8 BILLION a year by MediCal fraud.  Fake claims get turned in… not by the poor, the sick or the elderly… but by fake providers who use stolen Social Security numbers.  AB 381 tackled MediCal fraud and identity theft by setting up a computerized system that eliminates the use of Social Security numbers for MediCal.

CEQA REFORM


Grade Separations (Overpasses & Underpasses) at Railroad Crossings – Streamlining Regulations 


  • SB 348 (2015) & AB 660 (2008) Prioritizes public safety over bureaucratic regulatory requirements that are not related to environmental quality. Specifically, if a railroad overpass or railroad underpass used for freight rail is determined to be dangerous, officials need to be able to protect the public by closing it down without delay. SB348 & AB660 allows for closure of these unsafe grade separations without the overly burdensome regulations under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) that were originally intended for new construction projects.

AGRICULTURE


Senator Galgiani has served as Chair of the Senate & Assembly Agriculture Committees. ​


Livestock Veterinarians bill - Streamlining the licensure process for livestock vets. 


  • AB 107 (2009) Sponsored by the Western United Dairymen and the California Cattlemen’s Association, this bill addressed a shortage of livestock veterinarians by streamlining the process for licensure to practice in California.  The shortage of food supply veterinarians could directly affect the safety of the nation’s food supply because it is veterinarians who are responsible for monitoring the health of livestock.


Funding for County Fairs


  • SBX2 16 – Ashburn & Galgiani (2009) - Senator Galgiani served as a Principal Co-Author to provide critical funding to county fairs during the State’s budget crisis.  The horse racing industry contributes to California’s economy by employing over 50,000 residents and generating, over $4 billion in economic activity.  In addition, fairgrounds are used as emergency disaster preparedness sites during fire and flood emergencies.

HOMEOWNER PROTECTIONS & FORECLOSURE PREVENTION 


Senator Galgiani worked with business and community leaders to protect and educate homeowners during these challenging economic times. 


Buyers Choice Legislation – Protecting small businesses & consumers during the foreclosure crisis 


  • AB 957 (2009) Was signed into law, ensuring that local businesses were able to compete in the foreclosure market, and that new homebuyers received the best services available. In the midst of the foreclosure crisis, most banks entered into exclusive contracts with escrow and title companies in Southern California and the Bay Area, shutting down business for local escrow and title companies in the Central Valley.  AB 957 stopped this practice, and required banks to provide notification to buyers informing them of their right to choose local companies.


Foreclosure Prevention


  • Senator Galgiani brought all levels of government together and conducted over 50 foreclosure workshops throughout the district to help homeowners.
  • She worked hard to ensure the passage of SB 401 (Wolk), which created the California mortgage debt forgiveness act of 2010 to exempt borrowers who lost their home to foreclosure or short sale from having to pay personal income tax on the value of their home.

BUDGET & PROTECTING TAXPAYER DOLLARS


Medi-Cal Savings - Providing cost savings for eye and vision care services 


  • AB 2120 (2008) & AB 175 (2009)  Allow optometrists to provide ophthalmology services to Medi-Cal recipients through telemedicine, and “store and forward technology.”  Store and forward technology is the transmission of medical information via computer and satellite, to be reviewed at a later time by a physician at a distant site without the patient being present in real time.  AB 175 achieves a cost savings of more than $1.3 million in savings per year.


Prison Medical Cost Savings – Audits for prison health care payments 


  • AB 1985 (2010) As introduced, allowed the Department of Corrections (CDCR) to establish “price caps” to cut costs for durable medical equipment like wheelchairs and crutches for prisoners.  Manual claims processing for all health care services in CDCR resulted in costly errors. A department audit of claims from 2007 to 2009 alone, identified more than $15,000,000 in overpayments.  AB 1985 requires periodic audits of claims paid, and authorized CDCR to establish an electronic health care claims processing system to stop overpayments. 


Prompt Payments - Requiring prompt payment for Health Care Reimbursements to Counties 


  • AB 308 (2007) When Senator Galgiani was first elected, the State owed Counties more than $252 million in back-pay for mental health care services.  Counties couldn’t afford to bankroll services for the State.  AB 367 forces the State to reimburse counties immediately, and to require prompt payment in the future.  AB 308 was adopted into the Budget Health Care Trailer Bill.

WATER


Senator Galgiani OPPOSES the Twin Tunnel Plan


  • ​Galgiani strongly opposes the twin tunnel proposal as it will be detrimental health of the Delta. She believes and wants to focus on upgrading the levee system to protect the Delta.

Senator Galgiani is a Member of the Delta Protection Commission.


Proposition 1, State Water Bond (2014) – Fighting for funding for water storage. 


  • AB-1471 Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 - Senator Galgiani authored SB 1370 to ensure that the final Water Bond package would include ongoing State funding for water storage projects.  It allows for investing in solutions that increase the availability of water for ALL of California, rather than solutions that simply redistribute our inadequate supply of water. 

State Water Bond (2010) - Fighting to protect water rights for farmers.


  • AB 1265 Safe, Clean, and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2010 - As Chair of the Agriculture Committee, Galgiani negotiated amendments with Legislative leadership, to remove numerous provisions from the original Water Bond packages, which would have had devastating effects on property owners in the Delta, and the agricultural community in general.  Here are just a few of the amendments Senator Galgiani secured in the final Water Bond packages:​
  • Deleted provisions that would have allowed the State Water Board the authority to permanently revoke water rights for minor violations.
  • Deleted language that would have given the Department of Water Resources (DWR) the power to take away water rights, and charge a farmer with “illegal water diversion” unless that farmer could produce written documentation of Riparian Water Rights or Pre 1914 Water Rights.
  • Shut down “bounty hunter” provisions that would have allowed the State Water Board unlimited authority to initiate its own investigation of water diversions from the Delta. • Deleted the State’s authority to levy excessive fines of up to $5500 per acre foot, per day. 

Drought Relief - Fast-tracking development of local storage projects


  • SB 1120 (2014) Senator Galgiani’s legislation established a statewide inventory of local and regional water supply projects in need of funding, in order to fast-track the development of local water projects during our statewide drought.  Local projects can be brought on-line faster, and cheaper, with greater certainty.'


Well drillers bill - Protecting Central Valley farmers’ ability to drill wells during drought. 


  • AB 1416 (2009) As a result of Assemblymember Galgiani’s legislation, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved an extension for well drillers to comply with new AB 32 air quality regulations. This ensured that struggling farmers kept their crops growing in the Valley.


TRANSPORTATION


$6.3 Billion Dollars for Central Valley High-Speed Rail Jobs 


  • AB 3034 placed the California High-Speed Train Bond Act, Proposition 1A, on the ballot, creating the Nation’s first High-Speed Rail project.  Senator Galgiani led the statewide, collaborative effort to secure more than $3 billion dollars in Federal stimulus funding, for a total of $6.3 Billion Dollars for the Central Valley.  


$36.4 Million Dollars for Altamont Commuter Express rail system. 


  • AB 3034 added the Altamont Corridor and the Modesto/Stockton/Sacramento corridor to the list of corridors eligible to receive funding from the State’s $9 billion bond measure.  As a result, San Joaquin County’s ACE system has received $36.4 million from Galgiani’s bond measure to begin the planning stages for extending ACE to Modesto and Merced.  Construction is currently underway, providing thousands of jobs for Central Valley workers. 


Commuter Rail – Train schedules that match job schedules.


  • AB 1779 (2012) - At least 70,000 individuals commute from San Joaquin County alone, to their jobs in the Silicon Valley and Bay Area.  Projections estimate the number of daily commuters over the Altamont Pass will grow to 250,000 by the year 2020.  AB 1779, allowed the San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority (SJJPA) to take over the management of the San Joaquin Rail Service from the State.  Local input means flexible departure times for commuters who work late, or come to work early.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PREVENTION 


“Family Justice Center” – Providing a funding stream for Stanislaus County’s Center. 


  • AB 1770 (2010) provides funding for Stanislaus County to establish a Family Justice Center, similar to the model that has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice.  The “Family Justice Center” brings a team of professionals together under one roof to provide multiple services for victims of domestic  violence, and their children.