Jacqui Irwin

Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin

Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks, has authored a bill that would strengthen consumer protections for active-duty service members in the state. The bill, AB 3212, is sponsored by Attorney General Xavier Becerra.

The bill extends the length of time for which service members are protected against foreclosure, eviction, repossession and default judgements and extends interest rate protections for student loans. It would also clarify that National Guard and Reserve members have a right to academic leave when they are activated, according to Irwin’s office.

“We ask members of the armed forces to take great personal risk on our behalf, but the demands of military service go beyond the dangers of the battlefield,” said Irwin.

“I am proud to have worked with Assemblymember Irwin to see Assembly Bill 3212 become law,” said Becerra. “This is another way we show all of our men and women in uniform that we appreciate their service and have their backs.”

In August, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law AB 2719, a bill authored by Irwin that adds sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression to the definition of elderly communities that will receive priority consideration for California Department of Aging programs and services.

“I’m incredibly thankful to the governor for signing this bill into law,” Irwin said. “Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Californians will now have certainty that the state will continue to take into account their unique circumstances as they age, and our current elderly LGBTQ population will continue to benefit from having priority in the planning and implementation of programs they need to age with dignity.”

Congresswoman Julia Brownley

Julia Bownley

Congresswoman Julie Brownley, D-Westlake Village, was in Thousand Oaks on Thursday, Sept. 20, touring antenna and antenna system manufacturer Smiths Interconnect as part of the Julia at Your Job tour.

Brownley witnessed firsthand what it takes to design and produce precision antennas, and emphasized the role local manufacturers have on the economy.

“Through their innovative products, Smiths Interconnect showcases how technology companies are supporting jobs and spurring growth that makes our economy strong,” said Brownley. “In Congress, I will continue to fight to ensure our local businesses can thrive, because when they succeed, Ventura County residents succeed.”

Earlier in the week, Brownley announced the procurement of a $125,000 grant for Chabad of Camarillo to help prevent youth substance abuse.

The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grant, from the Office of National Drug Control Policy, will go “directly to helping young people in Ventura County make smart choices and prevent substance abuse” and help make “our communities safer and healthier for everyone,” said Brownley.

Brownley also welcomed the House passage of the Fiscal Year 2019 Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, H.R. 5895, which includes funding for several projects in Ventura County, including dredging at both the Ventura and Channel Islands harbors, so-called “donor port” funds for the Port of Hueneme and new infrastructure projects at Naval Base Ventura County.

“The Port of Hueneme, Channel Islands Harbor and Ventura Harbor are critical engines of our economy here in Ventura County, and this funding will help them stay open for business and continue to be positive contributors to our community,” said Brownley. “The funding for Naval Base Ventura County will support the construction of three new facilities, which are critical to further solidifying our base’s essential role in U.S. national security.”

For more information on what will be funded via H.R. 5895, visit www.juliabrownley.house.gov.

Assemblywoman Monique Limón

Monique Limon

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill authored by Assemblywoman Monique Limón, D-Santa Barbara, that would set a maximum out-of-pocket cost for drugs related to chemotherapy treatment.

AB 1860, also known as The Oral Chemotherapy Fairness Act, will prohibit a health plan or health insurer from charging more than $250 out of pocket per month for each prescription of a covered oral anticancer medication.

Limon says that the bill will give better access to life-saving drugs for patients fighting cancer.

“The Oral Chemotherapy Fairness Act is about ensuring that cancer-fighting drugs can be administered orally, allowing cancer patients to keep focus on their everyday life routines,” said Limón. “AB 1860 will make a significant difference in the lives of many cancer patients.”