Press Releases

April 23, 2007

Victim's Advocacy Group Makes Announcement at Annual Capitol Convocation

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymembers Greg Aghazarian (R-Stockton) and Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) were named “Legislators of the Year” by Crime Victims United at the Annual Victims March on the Capitol today.  Crime Victims United is a victims advocacy group, led by Harriett Salerno, that helps organizes the annual march and is very active in lobbying the legislature and state government on matters related to crime and crime victims.

April 19, 2007

AB 308 Reimburses Counties for Past 3 Years of Mandated Mental Health Services

SACRAMENTO – Many California Counties are waiting for Medi-Cal reimbursements for State mandated Mental Health Services that go back to FY 2003-04.  One-Quarter Billion Dollars is owed to Counties, Los Angeles County topping the list with $110 million in un-reimbursed services for the Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment Program (EPSDT).

April 09, 2007

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Cathleen Galgiani (D – Stockton) and Assemblymember John Benoit (R – Bermuda Dunes) have requested that the California State Auditor conduct an operational audit of the Section 190 Grade Separation Funding Program.  Galgiani and Benoit  submitted the request to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee just before the Easter break.  The request has been forwarded to the State Auditor to be evaluated and scheduled for a hearing.

March 29, 2007

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Tom Berryhill (R-Modesto) and Assemblymember Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) joined forces to pass “The Metal Theft Prevention Act” (AB 844) through the Assembly Business and Professions Committee today with unanimous support.  The bill aims to curb the rising rate of metal theft that has been especially devastating to farmers, utility companies, and construction companies.  Berryhill, the author of the bill, presented it in committee with principal coauthor Galgiani.  Additional coauthors are Assemblymember Bill Maze (R-Visalia) and

March 28, 2007

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Cathleen Galgiani presented Assembly Bill 406 (AB 406) in the Assembly Local Government Committee today, and it passed with a 5-0 vote.  This bill seeks 100% reimbursement of the total costs for People v. Rivera, a high profile trial for the killing of Merced Police Officer Stephen Gray.  Testifying in support of the bill were Merced County District Attorney Larry D. Morse II, Merced County Administrative Officer Dee Tatum, Sheriff Mark Pazin and Merced County Supervisors John Pedrozo and Mike Nelson.

March 27, 2007

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) joined Senator Dave Cogdill (R–Modesto) and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for the second day in a row for the second press conference in two days at a second large water project site to discuss the need for the Governor’s proposed Water Bond.

February 28, 2007

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Cathleen Galgiani has selected Mayor Ellie Wooten of Merced as her Woman of the Year for the 17th Assembly District. Eighty women, one from each Assembly District in the state, are selected annually. Galgiani selected Mayor Wooten for her continuing and significant contributions to her community. Each honoree will be introduced during a ceremony in the Assembly Chambers on Monday, March 5th where each will receive a resolution.

January 22, 2007

SACRAMENTO – Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) is introducing legislation that will put a person who has been convicted of a crime against a child under the age of 18 years in prison for the rest of his or her life.

“Technological advances such as the internet, have contributed to a dramatic increase in crimes against children” stated Galgiani, “This is alarming.  It is time the law ensures that the punishment reflects the severity of the crime”.

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