of Budget Committee
Passage of “COVID-19” Emergency
Late Monday evening, March 16, 2020___ Sacramento, CA___
Today, Assembly Budget Committee Vice Chair Jay Obernolte
(R-Hesperia) issued the following statement in response to the passage of two Emergency
Budget Bills to mitigate the effects of COVID-19:
“Today (03-16-20) we passed two critically important funding
bills in response to the spread of the Coronavirus. AB/SB 117 will provide critical funding to our public
school system to ensure it is held harmless as many school districts
throughout the state have had to shut down.
It will also give schools the money they need to deep clean
their facilities. AB/SB 89 provides an immediate $500 million and up to $1
billion in funding to give the Governor the authority to address this pandemic.
This money will be used to assist our hospitals, nursing homes, and other
health care facilities and will also be used to clean child-care centers so
they can remain open.
“By taking the actions we did today, we are placing an
extraordinary degree of trust in Governor Newsom. However, these are extraordinary times and it makes
sense to empower him to act quickly and expedite the funding necessary to
mitigate this crisis. The funding provided in this bill is critical to
stopping the spread of this illness, to preserving our economy, and most
importantly, to saving the lives of Californians.”
Assemblyman Jay Obernolte represents the 33rd Assembly
District, which includes the San Bernardino County communities of Adelanto,
Apple Valley, Baker, Barstow, Big Bear City, Big Bear Lake, Big River,
Crestline, Fort Irwin, Hesperia, Johnson Valley, Lake Arrowhead, Lenwood,
Lucerne Valley, Needles, Oak Hills, Phelan, Running Springs, Silver Lakes,
Trona, Twentynine Palms Base, Twin Peaks and Victorville.
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