New Leaders on Tobacco Control

The November 2, 2010 election will bring a total of 38 new legislators to the Capitol for the 2011 legislative session; 10 new Senators and 28 new Assembly Members.  This represents nearly a third of the entire legislature.  Among those new faces are some legislators that have been champions on tobacco control at the state or local level previously.  They include:

Roger Dickinson (Assembly – 9th District) – Sacramento County Supervisor who led the efforts on the county’s smokefree housing resolution and was a strong defender of the allocation of county MSA funds to tobacco control efforts

Michael Rubio (Senate – 16th District) – Kern County Supervisor who was the champion for the county’s tobacco retailer licensing ordinance

Juan Vargas (Senate – 40th District) – Former Assembly Member who authored the state law prohibiting smoking within 25 feet of playgrounds and tot lots and the state law prohibiting smoking with 20 feet of a main entrance or exit to a public building

The Center has produced a full list of the 38 new legislators, including information on the counties they represent and their previous occupations.  New Legislator Orientation is your opportunity to meet these new legislators and educate them about tobacco control efforts in your community.  New Legislator Orientation takes place January 24-28, 2011 and more information is available at www.center4tobaccopolicy.org/districtdays-newlegislatororientation.

– Justin Garrett 

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