My Committee Assignments

Legislative Committee hearings are an important step in California’s legislative process. Committees review policy matters and proposed legislation in greater detail than the full legislative bodies meeting as a whole. These committee hearings allow legislators to consult with policy experts and members of the public when considering complex legislative issues. Committee members are appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly.

Chair, Assembly Committee on Appropriations

The Assembly Appropriations Committee reviews all bills with any fiscal impact after passage by a policy committee. The committee hears more bills than any committee in the Legislature. In the 2009-10 and 2011-12 sessions combined, the committee heard about 4,600 bills. For contrast, the Business, Professions and Consumer Protection and Public Safety Committees each referred about 400 bills over the course of these two sessions.

The goal of the committee is sound, responsible, affordable fiscal policy.

Chair, Select Committee on Women in the Workplace

Jobs, Economic, Development, and the Economy

Primary jurisdictions are business advocacy within California and the United States; business advocacy of import/export trade; California-Mexico relations; California overseas trade offices; Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development; development and expansion of new technologies, except energy; development of international high tech markets; economic disaster relief; economic impact reports; effect of balance of trade issues on California; expansion of overseas markets; foreign investments by California; foreign investments in California; impacts of federal budget on high tech projects; impacts of federal budget on international trade; industrial innovation and research; international capital, including capital formation; international trade, research and import/export finance; interstate commerce; seaports and physical infrastructure; sister state agreements and friendship agreements with other nations; small business development and operations; state and local economic development; women and minority business enterprises (WBME).

Vice Chair, Latino Caucus