Kevin has worked hard to improve public education, to protect funding for our neighborhood K-12 public schools, to improve school safety and make sure California’s public schools are wired for modern technologies. His work was instrumental in the passage of the California Dream Act, which allows undocumented and nonresident documented students to apply for and receive private scholarships funded through public universities, state-administered financial aid, university grants, community college fee waivers and Cal Grants.
College Access Tax Credit
After a three-year effort on behalf of Senator de León, Governor Brown has signed the College Access Tax Credit bills (SB 174 and SB 798). These bills will use an innovative method to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for Cal Grants by leveraging federal and private donor money at zero cost to the state government. The Governor’s signature means we will be able to increase Access Awards to help California’s neediest students afford textbooks, childcare, transportation and all the extras that come with being a student.
Protecting California’s Environment
Senator Kevin de León is a champion for parks for underserved communities. His law secured $400 million to fund 127 park projects across the state, including in Elysian Valley, Echo Park, Highland Park and many other neighborhoods in Los Angeles.
This year, de León joint authored SB 270, a plastic bag ban that will not only help keep Los Angeles’ river clean, but it will also protect California’s pristine environment while preserving jobs in our state. This will help eliminate millions of pounds of plastic waste from our oceans./p>
Fighting for the Los Angeles River
Signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in 2012, Kevin de León authored SB 1201 which amended the Los Angeles County Flood Control Act to ensure public access for recreational and educational use of the river.
Clean Energy and Green Jobs
Senator Kevin de León served as Co-Chair for Proposition 39 (2012) the California Clean Energy and Jobs Act. Proposition 39 closed a corporate tax loophole that only benefited out-of-state corporations. It will generate more than $1 billion annually for California in new tax revenues, with money designed to create jobs and save energy for the next five years.
Combatting Sexual Assault
Kevin de León wrote the strongest law in the nation requiring that campuses establish “affirmative” policies in regards to sexual assault. While it seems like it should be common sense, California is now the first state in the country to have a “yes means yes” policy. The law now requires conscious and voluntary agreement, by each party, to engage in sexual activity.
Kevin de León fought the National Rifle Association and championed common-sense gun safety measures to help protect our communities. He authored legislation like SB 53, which requires anyone wishing to purchase ammunition to first obtain a California Ammunition Purchase Permit issued by the Department of Justice, which would require a background check. Background checks would restrict the mentally ill, convicted felons and affiliated gang members from purchasing ammunition.