Indian American Assemblywoman Jasmeet Bains introduces first bill in California state legislature

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Newly-elected Indian American Assemblywoman Dr Jasmeet Bains introduced her first piece of legislation in the California State Legislature this week, just minutes after being sworn-in as Kern County’s newest Assemblymember.

Her new bill, AB33, would require a task force of law enforcement, prosecutors, first responders, school officials, community leaders and addication experts to create a coordinated plan to solve the fentanyl crisis.

“Fentanyl does not discriminate,” said Assemblywoman Jasmeet Bains. “It kills people of all ages, gender, race, ethnicity and social status. I’ve seen too many patients in my community die of accidental fentanyl overdose and it’s time we create a coordinated approach to stop this devastating drug from killing more of our neighbors.”

She said her new legislation is designed to bring together the “best experts from law enforcement, prosecutors, first responders, schools, addiction experts and community leaders – along with people who are fighting this scourge on the front lines – to develop real and lasting solutions.”

Dr. Bains was declared the winner in the November 8, 2022 general election, becoming the first Sikh American and woman of Indian American descent to be elected to the California Legislature. She took the oath of office on December 5.

She had said then, “We did it! Thanks to a tremendous grassroots campaign and countless diverse community volunteers, we shattered expectations and delivered a decisive victory for Kern County families.”

She added, “The vote count speaks for itself. The people of Kern County wanted change and supported our efforts to create healthier communities and safer neighborhoods, deliver clean water and cleaner air, and provide greater economic opportunity for all families so that “every child of the Valley has a shot at living the American Dream”.

Growing up as a girl in Delano, Dr. Bains said that she couldn’t have imagined that one day she will be a doctor, “let alone, Assemblywoman-elect”. “But at my core I’m still just a daughter of the Valley who was lucky enough to go away to medical school and return to serve the community I call home – a community rich in culture, diversity, and proud valley values,” she added.

“I’m also proud to be the first woman of Indian American descent and first Sikh to be elected to the California Legislature,” she said. “I’m honored and mindful of what this historic achievement means to both my ancestors and the younger generation – who will hopefully be inspired to break barriers and pursue dreams of their own.”

Dr. Bains said: “I’m deeply grateful to the voters of Kern County and humbled by the hundreds of volunteers, community leaders, healthcare workers, firefighters, law enforcement officers, farmers, small business owners, and hard-working families who supported our efforts across Assembly District 35. Together, we have achieved what many thought was impossible, and we will continue to deliver victories for the people of Valley. Let’s get to work!

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