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What is the California State Assembly?

The lower chamber of the California State Legislature

The California State Assembly, along with the California State Senate, make up the legislative branch of the state government.  

The State Assembly's responsibilities consist of passing bills on matters of public policy, raising and lowering taxes, determining limitations on state spending, issues regarding State policy in education, and voting to uphold or override vetoes made by the Governor of California. Additionally, the State Assembly works alongside the governor to create laws and determine the State Budget.

The Assembly consists of 80 members, with each member representing at least 465,000 people. Democrats are currently the Assembly's majority, holding 59 of the 80 available seats. These seats are elected positions, each with a two-year term and a limit of six terms.

 Every State Legislature contains committees, of which there are 3 kinds: Standing Committees are permanent, Select/Special Committees are temporary and are formed to address specific issues, and Joint Committees feature members from both State Assembly and Senate chambers of the State Legislature. Committees are responsible for studying, amending, and voting on legislation before it is brought to a full vote on the chamber floor. The State Assembly of California currently has 32 standing committees.

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Laura Friedman

California State Assembly Member,  District 44

Capitol Office:

State Capitol

P.O. BOX 942849

Sacramento, CA 94249-0043

Tel: (916) 319-2043

Fax: (916) 319-2143

District Office:

300 East Magnolia Boulevard

Suite 504

Burbank, CA 91502

Tel: (818) 558-3043

Fax: (818) 558-3042




Laura Friedman was elected to the California State Assembly in November 2016. Friedman represents the 43rd Assembly District, which includes Burbank, Glendale, La Canada Flintridge, La Crescenta and Montrose, Atwater Village, Beachwood Canyon, Los Feliz, East Hollywood, Franklin Hills, and Silver Lake. Friedman also holds leadership roles on several committees. She is the Chair of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee, Assistant Speaker pro Tempore fo the Assembly, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Chair of the Joint Rules Subcommittee on Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response, Chair for the Assembly Committee on Transportation, and the Chair of the bicameral Environmental Caucus. She also serves as a member of the Assembly Committees on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media; Natural Resources; and Water, Parks, and Wildlife.

Friedman's legislative work focuses on three primary areas: addressing the housing affordability and homelessness crisis, combating climate change, and protecting vulnerable communities. Friedman is recognized as a strong advocate for the environment, sustainability, and active transportation. In her position as Chair for the Assembly Committee on Transportation, she has led a push towards policies like investment in mass transit, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, zero-emission vehicles, and road safety. During her time in the Assembly, she has authored several bills to facilitate new avenues for communities to tackle affordable housing, encourage water conservation, strengthen environmental sustainability, protect communities against wildfires, improve access to higher education and health care, and ensure that the foster youth of California has the support they need in their transition out of the foster care system.

A few of Laura’s accomplishments in 2020: she introduced a bill to allow Californians to withdraw their retirement funds without a tax penalty, urged her colleagues to support closing California’s inequality gap, proposed a tax credit to protect affordable housing, launched Safe Streets Legislation following a report from the ‘Zero Traffic Fatalities Task Force’ she formed in 2018, and was in a group of California Legislators that announced scholarships created with the intention to raise awareness of the Armenian Genocide.  

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How Laura Friedman Can Help You !

We elect our representatives so they can serve as our advocates! 

Assembly member Friedman has demonstrated her commitment to solving our district's most urgent issues. Her office is happy to listen to your concerns and ideas and can help provide support and resources for your cause!

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Next Election

The next election for California Assembly is on November 5, 2024.

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