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California Assembly Member Cristina Garcia Holds “There Ought to Be a Law” Contest

GarciaBy Brian Hews

(Artesia) – If you think you can write better laws that the lawmakers in Sacramento, then California State Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia wants to hear from you.

Garcia, a Democrat who represents a wide swatch of Southeast Los Angeles County including Downey, Cerritos, Artesia and Bell Gardens, announced on Monday that she is launching her first “There Ought to Be a Law” contest for residents of the 58th Assembly District.

The concept is simple.  Constituents are invited to submit ideas and proposals for a new state law. No strings attached.

Garcia said she wants residents and voters to put together “entries” that can cover a wide range of issues, “that can be addressed by legislation and will improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods throughout the state of California.”

Garcia is in the middle of her first term in the State Assembly, and will be up for reelection in 2014.

The contest is open to residents of the 58th Assembly District and people of all ages are encouraged to enter and the lawmaker “highly encourages” high school and college students in the 58th Assembly District to participate.

“I want my constituents to have a voice and an opportunity to be a part of the process a bill idea goes through in Sacramento, “Garcia said.

“I encourage my constituents to share with me their bill ideas, inspired by their daily experiences – ideas that will make California better.”

Previous contest entries, submitted to legislators across the state have included laws that have cracked down on misleading floral advertising, a bill that enables individuals who vote by mail to confirm that their ballots were counted and a measure that created a pilot program to link the state’s community colleges with local chambers of commerce to promote business development and job creation.

Assembly member Garcia will choose one winner from the contest, and the lucky entrant will have the opportunity to travel to Sacramento, testify before an Assembly Committee on the merits of the bill, and have lunch with Assembly member Garcia.

Submissions will be accepted by e-mail, mail or fax.  The deadline for entries is Friday, JANUARY 17, 2013.  Applications can be submitted online at: asmdc.org/members/a58/district/upcoming-events/there-ought-to-be-a-law-contest or Faxed to (562) 861-5158 or mailed to: Office of Assembly member Garcia, 8255 Firestone Blvd. Suite 203, Downey, CA 90241

Garcia can be reached at her Artesia District Office at (562) 861-5803.

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