Dec. 2 terrorist attack survivors were left downhearted after state legislation expected to help them and other Californians recover from terrorism and workplace violence was eviscerated Wednesday, April 19.
Assembly Bill 44, authored by first-term Assemblywoman Eloise Reyes, D-Grand Terrace, was gutted by the Assembly Insurance Committee, which is chaired by Assemblyman Tom Daly, D-Anaheim, and co-chaired by Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore.
Reyes, a Colton attorney who’s represented injured employees struggling to get medical treatment through workers’ compensation, introduced the bill Dec. 5 – the day she was sworn in and just three days after the first anniversary of the mass shooting that left 14 people dead and 22 wounded by gunfire.
“It’s disappointing, to say the least,” said survivor Ray Britain, as he drove home late Wednesday afternoon from John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana after testifying before the 13-member committee in Sacramento with another survivor, Sally Cardinale.
Britain and Cardinale, who took a 5:30 a.m. flight to speak at the hearing, were among 57 San Bernardino County employees who lived through the attack by coworker Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, during a holiday party/training session at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.
Thirteen other legislators co-sponsored the legislation. Those included four members of the insurance committee, assemblymen Kansen Chu, Ken Cooley, Mike Gipson and Randy…
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