SACRAMENTO – On October 29 th, 2020, Assemblywoman Megan Dahle (R-Bieber) partnered with Assemblymember James Gallagher (R-Yuba City), Assemblymember Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin), Senator Brian Dahle (R-Bieber), and Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) to host a North State Conference. This offered delegates from northern counties an opportunity to meet with state representatives to coordinate a regional response to reopening the local economy, schools, and actions in response to the state’s threat to withhold entitled funds from counties.
As Governor Newsom has enforced an extended State of Emergency and continued to dictate a one-size-fits-all approach to COVID-19 response, the North State Conference was a productive, consensus-building opportunity for open dialogue between 13 counties from the North State. They were able to find agreement upon several action items that will be followed through with in the coming weeks and presented to the Governor for further productive conversation. Ultimately, the intent is to move forward with a localized approach to COVID-19 mitigation in the coming winter months.
“I’m very proud of the North State and the exceptional job we have done mitigating the spread of COVID-19, and it is time for us to take the reins in mapping out our region’s long-term plan of action.” Said Dahle. “This conference allowed us to come together in agreement on what our region truly needs. Support for our counties’ to continue their good work, mental and emotional health resources for our constituents who have been seriously affected by the pandemic, and ensuring we protect the vulnerable without holding businesses hostage are among our top priorities. Together, we have confronted the realities of the pandemic’s economic devastation on our communities, and I am committed to creating a plan we can carry forward to the highest levels of state government to advocate for what is best for the people of the North State.”
Assemblywoman Dahle has also co-authored a letter with a number of rural education leaders urging her federal counterparts to extend the expiration deadline for CARES Act funds paid to state and local governments from December 30, 2020, through 2021. This is essential to the regional recovery effort from the Coronavirus.
Assemblywoman Megan Dahle represents the 1st Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes portions of Butte and Placer counties, along with Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, and Siskiyou counties.