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Assemblymember Salas proposes bills to aid farmers, seniors, disabled

Posted at 11:08 AM, Apr 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-23 14:09:25-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — On Monday, Rudy Salas (D) passed out of the Assembly Committe on Transportation with bipartisan support of two bills he has authored.

His proposal of AB 970 would establish a grant program to provide transportation to and from health care appointments for older adults and disabled persons. Under the bill, a grant program would provide clean transportation to non-emergency medical appointments with zero emission or near-zero emission vehicles for seniors and people living with disabilities.

Assemblymember Salas said:

"Older adults struggle with getting to and from their medical appointments. AB 970 would help remove that significant transportation barrier and allow seniors and people living with disabilities to make their appointments. This is a step toward ensuring that the transportation needs and health care access of older adults are met."

In addition, AB 1589 would expand the Carl Moyer Program to include the replacement of old gasoline tractors with newer, clean diesel engines. Salas says the expansion is a new way to improve air quality and help local businesses transition into cleaner burning engines.

Assemblymember Salas has been working closely on these bills with the California Senior Legislature and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.