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Monday, Dec 09 2013 02:18 PM

'First Look': Assemblyman Salas talks about bills benefiting Kern County

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    Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, left, talks about legislation with Californian Editorial Page Editor Robert Price on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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State Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, has been in the legislature for one year and has already seen six of his bills signed into law or incorporated into the state budget.

Monday on "First Look with Scott Cox," simulcast host Scott Cox called him the "Stephen King of legislation."

So what was the biggest bill of 2013 for Salas?

He said one was the $15 million bill for job training Gov. Jerry Brown signed.

"It's not that these people don't want to work, it's that they aren't offered the jobs because they don't have the skills," the 32nd district representative said.

So Salas went to local companies such as Bolthouse Farms and Grimmway Farms Inc. and talked to employers about the skills job candidates need to have.

Today, there is training for carpentry, construction, window replacement, solar installation and more, Salas said.

Another major bill Salas introduced grants state money to some physicians.

"I want doctors to develop some roots in Bakersfield, form a family, and stay here locally," he said.

The bill offers up to $105,000 in medical school loan repayments to new physicians if they agree to practice in one of the state's underserved areas for three years.

After one year in the legislature, six of his bills have been signed by the governor, Salas said.


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