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Child Protective Services, California Community College Bills Pass

Child Protective Services, California Community College Bills Pass

Two bills sponsored by Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R- Santa Clarita, passed the state Assembly Thursday and are awaiting approval at the governor’s office, officials announced.

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Child Protective Services Bill

The first bill would require Child Protective Services permit holders to post their permit number on all advertisements for an added layer of security for children in the entertainment industry.

The measure would “preserve the integrity” of entertainment industry professionals and protect the safety of children with acting careers, officials said.

“The main idea behind it is basically for parents that have children who are in the entertainment industry to be able to tell which individuals are legitimate based upon their permit,” said Lisa Johnson, a spokeswoman from Wilk’s office.”It’s another step to make sure these are legitimate individuals, to keep the entertainment industry honest and to make sure that everyone is safe.”

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Professionals who do not display their permit may not have had a background check, she said.

“We must keep our children safe while they pursue their dreams and this bill is a step in the right direction,” Wilk said.

California Community College Bill

The second bill passed Thursday by the Assembly allows California community colleges to be reimbursed for maintenance costs by organizations that use campus facilities.

“Taxpayers expect their tax dollars to be spent in the classroom,” Wilk said. “This bill will ensure that outside users are required to pay their fair share for the facilities they use.”

The bill would expand the definition of “direct costs” to include a proportional share of the cost of maintaining, repairing or renovating facilities, officials said.

“When community colleges pay to keep facilities updated they’re having to take money out of the general fund, so this would be designed to keep more money… in the classrooms,” Johnson said. “The organizations who use the facilities would help maintain the wear and tear of the facilities rather than having to take the school’s resources to keep them up to date.”

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Melissa became a staff writer at KHTS AM-1220 following her internship in the newsroom. She has been writing news and feature stories for the KHTS website since February 2014. After receiving her bachelor's degree in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Melissa moved back to Santa Clarita to begin her professional writing career. She has published feature stories in "The Signal" newspaper and College of the Canyons' "Cougar News" and formerly worked as a freelance animal welfare writer for an online publication. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys volunteering at animal rescues and working on her blog, All Things Animal Rescue LA/SCV. In November 2014, she finished writing her first fiction novel and hopes to publish it someday.