Friedman’s Fur Ban Clears Major Hurdle in State Senate

SACRAMENTO – On Friday, animal welfare advocates and opponents of the fur trade won a significant victory as landmark legislation banning fur in California passed a key vote in the Senate Appropriations Committee.  The measure, Assembly Bill 44, by Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale), would implement a statewide prohibition on the sale and manufacture of new fur products in California.  If successful, it would make California the first state in the nation to ban fur.

OP-ED: Being Smarter About High-Speed Rail

By Laura Friedman

There are few phrases in California politics that invoke as much passion as the words “high-speed rail.” The ambitious transportation infrastructure project seeking to move passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in two hours and 40 minutes, and ultimately connect San Diego to Sacramento, has become a centerpiece of public debate.

KQED: Friedman, Stern, to Call for Hearings Into Chevron Oil Spill

The two top California lawmakers that oversee the state's oil industry plan to call for hearings into a recent, massive oil spill in Kern County and revelations that officials at the agency that regulate oil wells held investments in the companies they were supposed to keep watch over.


SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, as part of this year’s California Small Business Day celebration, Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) recognized Crescenta Valley Insurance as the 43rd Assembly District’s 2019 Small Business of the Year.  She presented the award to President Rick Dinger and his wife Heather Dinger at a luncheon hosted by the California Small Business Association (CSBA).


            California Small Business Day is an annual celebration created by the passage of House Resolution 57 in 2000.  Over 1,500 business owners and representatives of small businesses from across California gathered this year, to be honored by legislators and other state leaders.  The day was created to honor the small businesses and entrepreneurs of California who make outstanding contributions to the economy, workforce, and communities throughout our state.


SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) honored the Burbank Arts for All Foundation as the 43rd Assembly District’s 2019 Nonprofit of the Year.  Burbank Arts for All Foundation was honored as part of the fourth annual California Nonprofits Day at the State Capitol.  Each year, approximately 100 nonprofit organizations are honored from communities across California by