Assemblywoman Smith Releases Statement Regarding ACA 25 Vote

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

SACRAMENTO, CA — Assemblywoman Christy Smith (D-Santa Clarita) released the following statement upon her vote for Assembly Constitutional Amendment (ACA) 25, authored by Speaker pro tempore Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francisco) which allows for remote legislative proceedings during states of emergency if California voters approve.

"California is prone to natural disasters including earthquakes and devastating wildfires. In the initial wave of the COVID-19 pandemic we found ourselves limited in the ability to function as usual in the halls of the Legislature while protecting public health." Assemblywoman Smith said. "The business of our State Capitol — ensuring public safety, passing important measures, working on our State Budget and serving as a co-equal branch of government — must not be impeded.

Though this pandemic has not subtracted from our service and dedication to our communities, it's constrained our ability to legislate. Many of our legislative packages — including my own — had to be curtailed in order to comply with the constitutional deadline. This is why ACA 25 is a common-sense, bipartisan measure.

I echo the supporting comments of Minority Leader Marie Waldron — as one of the largest economies in the world with vast troves of innovative resources, California must support our government with technology infrastructure so we can do business as usual should we ever come across another circumstance such as the moment in which we live."

ACA 25 now heads to the State Senate. If passed, it will be decided by California voters.

Assemblywoman Christy Smith represents California's 38th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Santa Clarita, Simi Valley, Agua Dulce, Castaic, Santa Susana Knolls and North San Fernando Valley.

Contact: Danni.Wang@asm.ca.gov (661) 286-1565 or (913) 449-0802