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Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry Introduces Internet for All Act of 2021, Announces Partnership with Senator Lena Gonzalez to Deliver 21st Century Connectivity to All Californians

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) introduced Assembly Bill 14, known as the ‘Internet for All Act of 2021’. The Assemblymember has also reached agreement to work in partnership with Senator Lena Gonzalez (D-Long Beach) to revolutionize the State’s broadband deployment program under the California Advanced Services Program, and provide new and increased funding to bring California into the technological 21st Century.

The two Members, who individually advanced legislation elevating the discussion of the sorry state of internet connectivity in the State, have joined forces to bring forward the funding and reforms necessary to truly achieve Internet for All.  The bills will build on the extension of the CASF program under AB 1665, signed into law in 2017 (joint authored by Assemblymembers Garcia, Aguiar-Curry, Holden, McCarty, Bonta, Gallagher, Low, Santiago, Wood, and then-Assemblymember, now Senator Brian Dahle).

Aguiar-Curry Introduces Internet For All Act

The ongoing COVID pandemic has laid bare the massive gaps in internet connectivity at sufficient speeds for too many Californians. As more families have struggled to conduct distance learning, virtual work, access telehealth services and safeguard small business participation in the virtual marketplace, the need to connect the State at sufficient speeds with adaptable technology has reached crisis proportion.

McGuire, Aguiar-Curry and Lake County work together to secure COVID-19 testing site

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – State Sen. Mike McGuire and Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry have been working with county officials to ensure rural Californians are not left behind in coronavirus testing deserts as the state boosts the number of testing sites.

Currently, there are over 700,000 Californians who still aren’t within an hour’s drive of a testing site after a commitment was made by the state that all Californians will be within a one hour drive of a site. This is unacceptable to both the Assembly member and senator.

Yolo assemblywoman working on bill for Papillomavirus vaccine

Cecilia Aguiar-Curry wants to cover all women of child-bearing age

A new law proposed by a Yolo County assembly member would provide the Human Papillomavirus vaccine to those enrolled in the California Family Planning, Action, Care and Treatment Program.

The Family PACT Program covers all residents of a state who are of childbearing age or those who are able to get someone pregnant. Enrollees must also be below 200% of the federal poverty line.

For a family of three, 200% of the poverty line would be an annual income of $43,440. There are an estimated 1.1 million Californians registered in the program.

Follow Her Lead: Cecilia Aguiar-Curry

California Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry credits her success to a few pointers from her father, who taught high school leadership classes in Winters. “Always look people in the eye when you shake their hand, always thank the hostess at a party for inviting you,” she recites from memory. “Ultimately, that’s what got me into doing public service: making sure I respected people and listened to people all along the way.” 

Read more here. 

Cecilia Aguiar-Curry and Eloise Reyes introduce bills declaring state open to refugees

SACRAMENTO — Assemblymembers Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, D-Winters, and Eloise Reyes, D- San Bernardino, introduced two bills last week to protect, support, and welcome refugees in California, according to a news release from Aguiar-Curry’s office.

Authored by Aguiar-Curry, Assembly Bill 3133 codifies California’s commitment to resettling refugees as part of the United States Reception and Placement program, and specifically prohibits discrimination of a refugee anywhere in California on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, creed, or sexual orientation, her office said.