Press Release

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.”

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.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva (D - Orange County) leads the fight to regulate how campaign committees and independent expenditures disclose who is paying for their political advertisements in her co-authored Assembly Bill 249. "By bringing the sources of this dark money into the light, we force groups to put their true identity next to their words," Quirk-Silva said.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

(Sacramento) – Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton) voiced her strong support for Dreamers and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program during the debate on House Resolution 66 in the State Assembly. HR 66 condemns President Trump's decision to revoke the current version of DACA and pushes Congress to develop a bipartisan and effective version of the Dream Act that includes a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 800-thousand young people brought to this country as children.