Press Release

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

(SACRAMENTO) – Today, during Mental Health Awareness Week, Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Orange County) announces that Assembly Bill 974 (AB 974) was signed into law, by Governor Jerry Brown. AB 974 will require all counties to submit an annual report to the legislature on Mental Health Services Act spending on clinical services provided to veterans.

“In Southern California and throughout the country many veterans are not going to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) for mental health services, leaving the task of outreach and providing long-term care to a patchwork of local services and private nonprofits,” said Quirk-Silva. “We can no longer look the other way or continue to underfund the mental health care system that our veterans use.”