SACRAMENTO – California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently signed two bills authored by 36th District Assemblyman Tom Lackey, who represents the Antelope Valley area including California City, Mojave, Rosamond and Boron.

Lackey said he is happy to see the governor signed AB 169 and AB 1351, which are a part of his package advocating on behalf of individuals with physical and developmental disabilities.

“I am pleased to hear that the governor signed AB 169 which will extend protections to off-duty guide, signal and service dogs,” said Lackey. “A guide dog is an extension of the person being led; when the animal is attacked, so is their handler. This bill not only protects animals, it protects individuals with disabilities across the state, especially in a time of crisis.

“I am delighted to see the governor sign AB 1351 which fortifies inclusive transportation for members of the intellectual and developmental disabled community, allowing them to travel around the state more freely. Currently, there is a cumbersome process to maneuver before one can travel across county lines. In some instances, this process can take up to four weeks. This is very concerning, especially if a person with disabilities needs specialized services that is not offered near their home.”

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