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Thursday, December 14, 2017

On December 14, the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote to adopt what’s known as the Restoring Internet Freedom Order. This order will essentially reverse Net Neutrality. Net Neutrality refers to the Open Internet Order, which was passed in 2015, and reclassified broadband internet service under Title II of the Communications Act—the legal foundation upon which the former administration established “open internet” regulations on internet service providers (ISPs).

Thursday, December 7, 2017

ANAHEIM, CA – Dec 6, 2017 – Anaheim Beautiful welcomed CA District 65 Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva as the featured guest speaker at the 2017 Holiday Luncheon. Guests enjoyed entertainment by the Kennedy Singers and the organization’s quarterly property awards were presented. Priscilla Oropeza, Miss Anaheim Fall Festival Teen Ambassador was on hand to greet members and help with the opportunity drawing.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

ORANGE COUNTY - Last week, in accordance with the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act, the California State Student Association (CSSA) Executive Board received communication from the Chancellor’s Office regarding a possible tuition increase proposal for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Friday, November 3, 2017

(Irvine) – Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D- Orange County) gives her remarks at the dedication ceremony of a project site for Orange County's first veterans cemetery. "I too come from a veteran family, my father serving in Korea and my brother in the Coast Guard," Quirk-Silva said.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

 

Photo of Governor Jerry Brown, Leland Wilson, and Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva

Friday, October 13, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill 490 (AB 490), authored by Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D - Orange County) was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. AB 490 will extend the College Access Tax Credit Program for 5 years, and support Cal Grant B Access Awards for California students, in an effort to shorten the time it takes to graduate and to allow students to spend more time focusing on their studies.

“This law provides a continuation of funding for Cal Grant B awards that cover textbooks, housing, transportation, childcare and other living expenses, and additional costs associated with higher education for low-income students,” said Quirk-Silva. “The College Access Tax Credit is an innovative program that will help students, while allowing individuals and businesses to get the maximum benefit from that investment.”

Monday, October 9, 2017

 

Sacramento, CA – Assembly Bill 363 (AB 363) by Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva (D-Orange County) was successfully signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. The law will waive the processing fee for homeless and low-income veterans who apply for a veteran designation on their California driver’s licenses and identification cards.

Current law requires the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to offer a driver's license or identification card printed with the word "veteran" on it, indicating that the possessor is a military veteran. However, all veterans are currently charged a fee for this service, a cost that homeless veterans may not be able to afford. AB 363 will waive the fee for low-income and homeless veterans that do not have the extra resources readily available to pay for the veteran designation.

Saturday, October 7, 2017
SACRAMENTO – Today, the California Disclose Act, coauthored by Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D - Orange County) was signed into law, by Governor Jerry Brown. The California Disclose Act, otherwise known as Assembly Bill 249 (AB 249), will regulate how campaign committees and independent expenditures must disclose who is paying for their political advertisements.
 
Friday, October 6, 2017

(SACRAMENTO) –Assembly Bill 584 (AB 584) by Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Orange County) was signed into law, by Governor Jerry Brown. AB 584 will help students improve their academic performance and make information about postsecondary education, and financial aid more widely available. This new law will bring together resources in Orange County for the purposes of improving academic performance, and providing information to underserved populations of Orange County.

“Orange County students overall, outscore, outperform, and outrank the state average on standardized testing and other measures of achievement, but minority students in the Anaheim, Garden Grove, and Santa Ana school districts are far more likely to drop out of high school,” said Quirk-Silva. “We have witnessed an education achievement gap, which is fueled by poverty, language and cultural barriers, lack of advocacy, and limited education support outside of the school system.”

Monday, October 2, 2017

Orange County, CaliforniaToday, Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, (D - Orange County) hosted a Joint Informational hearing to discuss the future of high school Career Technical Education (CTE).

The hearing covered how the 3-year, $900 million California Career Technical Education Incentive Grant, established as part of the 2015-2016 state budget, has been implemented to expand and enhance district CTE programs. The hearing also discussed the need for ongoing funding to ensure students have access to CTE education that prepares them for well-paying careers in industries like agriculture, energy, manufacturing, construction and engineering, healthcare, hospitality, and more.