Assemblyman Tim Donnelly’s four-year term representing the 33rd District in the California Assembly is almost at an end. In this brief span of time, he has worked to preserve and protect our rights and liberties. Over the past four years, he listened to our concerns and introduced legislation to protect our inalienable rights and to preserve our way of life in the 33 rd district. The following is a thumbnail sketch of his work and accomplishments.
He introduced Assembly Bill 351, California’s Liberty Preservation Act, which criminalizes any attempt to indefinitely detain American citizens without trial in the state of California. He introduced this bill to counteract portions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes indefinite detention of persons apprehended within the United States without charge or trial.
Assembly Bill 484 ensures that public schools in California will forever teach the United States Constitution, the California Constituent and the other founding documents in our classrooms.
Assembly Bill 1697 prohibits the use of collected DNA for use in research or any other use other than comparison in a criminal case.
Assembly Bill 2233 establishes a more open and fair election process during special elections.
Assembly Bill 2439 ensures that information regarding the assistance that is available to the public seeking to write an initiative is easy to access.
During his first term, Donnelly introduced Assembly Concurrent Resolution 6 designating the month of January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month to help bring awareness to an ever increasing problem in our state.
In 2013, during his second term, he introduced Assembly Concurrent Resolution 68, which designated a portion of State Highway 38 in the San Bernardino Mountains as the Detective Jeremiah MacKay Memorial Highway to honor one of our fallen officers. Detective MacKay was killed in the line of duty during the Christopher Dorner manhunt. Detective MacKay left behind a wife and two children.
Also in 2013, he was introduced to a young couple in Sacramento who had their infant son taken by Child Protective Services when they decided to get a second opinion regarding their son’s medical condition and treatment. This case received national attention and Donnely’s office received thousands of letters, emails and phone calls from families that had similar experiences to share. After reading many of these heartbreaking stories and talking to many personally, he and his colleagues in the Assembly called for an audit of Child Protective Services statewide. The findings from the audit revealed major flaws in the system and shed light on the way Child Protective Services operates in California. In response to the audit report, Donnelly introduced legislation in 2014 that would have required the videotaping of meetings between families and social workers but, unfortunately, the bill failed in committee.
When the President of Mexico visited Governor Brown in Sacramento, Assemblyman Donnelly and hundreds of citizens gathered on the street to protest the incarceration of Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi in Mexico. After months of petitioning and working with other Patriots like Greta Van Susteren and Congressman Duncan Hunter, we can thankfully report that Andrew returned home on Halloween night and CalTrans is currently redesigning the markers and signage of the off-ramp that led to this nightmare.