WILK COVID-19 WORK ON BEHALF OF ALL CALIFORNIANS

Scott Wilk Commentary, News

Bi-partisan Efforts

Wilk Demanded EDD clear their backlog

Wilk and a bipartisan coalition of both Democrats and Republicans demanded accountability at the EDD and that they clear their bureaucratic backlog, improve their basic customer service, overhaul their outdated technology, and reform their bureaucratic labyrinth.

Wilk sought waivers to keep school kids fed

Wilk and a bipartisan group of legislators asked the US Department of Food and Agriculture to extend and expand USDA waivers that allow school districts to feed students during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Waivers include: Lunch Meals, Afterschool Meals and Snacks, Three meal day programs, and the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

Wilk sought $45 million in aid for the devastated hospitality industry

Wilk and a bipartisan group of both Democrats and Republicans requested a one-time, emergency allocation of $45 million in this year’s budget for Visit California. 1.1 million job losses expected in the Leisure and Hospitality Industry due to COVID.

Wilk sought pause at CARB to help freight transportation and harbor craft during the Covid-19 crisis.

Wilk and a bipartisan group of legislators requested that CARB put all current and proposed rulemaking regarding freight transportation and harbor craft on hold until January 2021.

Wilk helped bring more trained nurses onto the front lines in the Covid-19 crisis

Wilk and a bipartisan group of legislators requested that the Dept. of Consumer Affairs grant nursing faculty the maximum flexibility necessary to meet on course objectives in order to allow for 14,000 nursing students to expeditiously join the workforce and help fight COVID

Senator Wilk and Assemblyman Ramos helped keep residents in their homes by supporting a moratorium on residential evictions

Wilk and Ramos sent a support letter of recognition of the moratorium on residential evictions put forth by the Board due to COVID to the San Bernardino Board of Supervisors.

Wilk helped improved safety at skilled nursing facilities by demanding accountability audits of:

California Health and Human Services Agency

The California Department of Public Health

The California Office of Emergency Services

Relative to their roles and responsibilities for the safe operation of Skilled Nursing Facilities.

SB 943 – Wilk co-authored a bipartisan measure on paid family leave for parents whose children’s school has been closed due to Covid-19

SB 943 Would have authorized the use of Paid Family Leave (PFL) wage replacement benefits for individuals who need to take time off work to care for a minor child whose school has been closed due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak or to care for a special needs child or adult. Unfortunately, this bill died in Senate Appropriations.

Wilk coauthored a bipartisan effort for teacher’s rights during Covid-19 pandemic

SB 805 would have prohibited school districts from requiring employees to use their paid leave if they are unable to report to work because the school is forced to close as a result of a natural disaster or an evacuation order, including pandemics like Covid-19. Unfortunately, this bill died in Senate Appropriations.

Wilk coauthored a bipartisan effort to place emergency protocols in place for foster youth during the COVID-19 pandemic.

SB 912 would put emergency protocols in place for foster youth who turn 18 and non-minor dependents (NMDs) who turn 21 during declared states of emergencies. This bill is Governor’s desk awaiting signature.

Wilk supported help community college students with housing and food assistance during Covid-19

AB 2884 Authorized restricted Lottery funds allocated to the CA Community Colleges, currently limited to pay only for instructional materials, to be used to provide housing and food assistance for students. Imperative to current COVID relief and flexibility for recovery in the future. This bill is currently Governor’s desk awaiting signature.

Wilk supported a measure to speed the distribution of Covid-19 vaccine once it becomes available

AB 1710 Authorized a pharmacist to independently initiate and administer any COVID-19 vaccines approved by the federal FDA. This bill is currently on Governor’s desk awaiting signature.