Cheryl Brown

Cheryl Brown represents California’s 47th State Assembly district and is seeking reelection in the June primary elections. (Courtesy photo)

By Beau Yarbrough and Ryan Hagen, The Sun
and Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 08/19/15, 12:57 PM PDT |

California’s legislators returned to work in Sacramento on Monday, poised for the battle to get their legislation approved before the 2015-16 session ends on Sept. 11.

They’ve got their work cut out for them, as they push for success. But even small changes can pack a lot of punch for a lawmaker’s constituents, one expert said.

It’s important to not just look at a legislator’s batting average, according to Claremont McKenna College political science professor Jack Pitney.

“If you’re running in a red district and you promise to cut state spending by 20 percent, not going to happen,” he said. “But if you make a small change in the law, that means a great deal to, say, local farmers, then that’s a great deal for those local farmers.”

Assemblyman Jay Obernolte, R-Hesperia, has introduced 24 items this legislative session, five of which have been signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, as of midday on Monday. Those five include Assembly Bill 249 on legal appeals fees; AB 250 on rules regarding marriage and family therapist interns and trainees; AB 868, updating the rules regarding CalPERS pension contracts; Assembly Concurrent Resolution 21, designating a portion of state Route 18 as Rim of the World Veterans Memorial Highway; and Assembly Concurrent Resolution 25, declaring March 14, 2015 to be Pi Day.

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