Governor Brown signs Achadjian bills to benefit SLO County
Governor Jerry Brown recently signed Assembly Bills 2117 & 2195 by Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian (R-Arroyo Grande) into law to benefit San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. Both bills received unanimous, bipartisan support in the Legislature.
“CenCal Health is an organization that provides a tremendous and much needed service to both counties,” said Achadjian, “AB 2117 will ensure that both counties are included in the decision making process regarding an agency that serves their community.”
AB 2117 allows the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors, in conjunction with the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors, to dissolve CenCal Health if it is decided that there is no longer a need for the organization. Currently, the authority to dissolve CenCal Health lies solely with the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors, despite the fact that it serves both counties.
In addition, AB 2195 allows truancy cases to be heard in an Informal Juvenile and Traffic Court, providing a moderate option for school officials, school resource officers, and probation officers to address and correct truancy.
“AB 2195 provides another option to address and correct habitual truancy,” said Achadjian, “With this law now in place, students struggling with truancy will be handled in an appropriate manner and will provide them with the resources and support that they need.”
Under existing law, truancy cases can only be addressed through a school diversion program or through the filing of a 601(b) petition to Juvenile Court. These options are either too lax or too harsh for most truant students.
When brought to a formal Juvenile Court, cases of truancy are often overlooked among other cases often dealing with more serious or violent offenses. However, this is a problem among our youth which must be addressed. AB 2195 will help students, families, and schools swiftly and effectively address problems of truancy, without getting involved with our complex and often drawn-out legal system. This bill was sponsored by the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors.
Assemblyman Achadjian represents all of San Luis Obispo County and part of Santa Barbara County, including the cities of Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Paso Robles, Grover Beach, Guadalupe, Lompoc, Morro Bay, Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria and surrounding communities.