By Kristopher Daams
Signal Staff Writer
State Assemblyman Cameron Smyth said Friday that runaway film production, physical activity for kids and vocational education are the top items on his legislative agenda during his initial two-year term in Sacramento.
Physical fitness courses in elementary schools is one area where Smyth said he’d like to see more priority aimed in terms of funding to fight the state’s growing obesity rates.
Vocational education is another part of education he said he’d like to work on. More vocational education programs should be spread to other community colleges in the state, he said.
Smyth introduced his first bill on Friday.
Assembly Bill 47 is “intended to assist with the Cemex effort and take the fight to the state level if we need to,” Smyth said.
It doesn’t have specific provisions to combat Cemex’s planned 69 million ton sand and gravel mine that the city of Santa Clarita has long fought, but the bill is considered a spot bill that can be inserted with provisions as time goes by “if it is deemed necessary,” Smyth said.
As for the recent transportation bond that state voters passed in November, local highways need a fair share of those dollars, Smyth said, citing the interchange between Highway 14 and Interstate 5.
“Now that those dollars are available, the people of California voted for these bonds with the expectation of seeing results sooner rather than later and I share that expectation,” Smyth said.
Runaway film production to other countries, like Canada, needs to be countered, Smyth said, and added he’d work with legislative leaders on that issue.
The film industry is one of four business sectors targeted by Santa Clarita.
Smyth said he’ll work on more legislative goals as his time in the Assembly goes by, but first wants to focus his time and efforts on a somewhat smaller package of bills.
Santa Clarita’s State Sen. George Runner was recently selected to chair the chamber’s Republican Caucus.
Senate caucus chairmen are part of their party’s leadership team in the state Senate and are tasked with developing the policy agenda for their party’s caucus.
Runner will “continue to be vigilant” in cutting governmental waste and business regulations and working for economic development, the senator said in a statement.