Assemblymember Levine Bill to Fund the Senior Legislature Passes State Senate with Bipartisan Support
(Sacramento)- AB 519 authored by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County) advances from the Assembly Floor on a bipartisan vote 74-0. The bill renews the funding mechanism for the California Senior Legislature (CSL).
“As California’s senior population grows, so do the challenges associated with ensuring healthcare and dignity for our seniors. The California Senior Legislature consistently and effectively ensures seniors’ needs are heard in Sacramento,” said Assemblymember Levine. “The California Senior Legislature puts a spotlight on the priorities of this population and helps guide our actions.”
The majority of funding for the California Senior Legislature comes from voluntary contributions on State income tax forms. Each year, the Legislature brings 80 Senior Assemblymembers and 40 Senior Senators to Sacramento where they conduct a model legislative session and lobby on issues important to seniors.
“The work of the California Senior Legislature has become that much more important as the number of seniors rises. Our organization has sponsored over 200 bills that have become law, and must continue this legacy of advocating for senior issues," said Senior Assemblymember Ellie Bloch who represents Marin County.
Without this bill, the California Senior Legislature would miss out on its largest funding opportunity through voluntary income tax return contributions, and will be unable to continue its important work.
"The California Senior Legislature appreciates Assembly Member Levine’s leadership on this legislation and moving it forward,” said Senior Assemblymember John Pointer, Chair of the CSL Joint Rules Committee. “This will enable the CSL to continue to advocate for seniors and improve their quality of life, as they have for the past 35 years."
Assemblymember Marc Levine represents the 10th Assembly District, which includes Marin and Sonoma Counties.