On The Issues
Making California More Affordable
Concerned that California’s high cost of living is hurting too many working families, Senator Ling Ling Chang is leading the fight to reduce the tax burden, reduce the price of prescription drugs, make government more efficient, increase access to health care and make college more affordable.
She is also working to make neighborhoods safer, lend a helping hand to veterans who need it and solve our community’s growing homeless problem.
Addressing The Homeless Problem
Senator Chang has worked across party lines to lead the fight to end street homelessness, break down barriers to building more housing, and get people the treatment they need.
She is also working hard to protect families from some of the problems created by the large number of homeless.
For example, she opposes the needle giveaways which have led to thousands of needles being discarded in our parks, rivers and neighborhoods and injuries to innocent children.
She has also written legislation to target the theft of packages from porches and residences as well as car break ins. Unfortunately, these crimes often go hand in hand with higher homeless populations.
Help Homeless Veterans
To get homeless vets, the services they need, Ling authored legislation to provide funding for local services geared to reducing homelessness for veterans and homeless youth.
Getting Homeless Students into Shelter
By supporting AB 58, Ling strengthened efforts to help homeless students and their families get off the street and into shelter.
Using a Multi-disciplinary Approach
Senator Chang helped create a 5-year pilot project in the three counties in her district in which Multidisciplinary Personnel Teams (MDTs) will help link homeless adults and families to housing and support services. (AB 728)
Expedite Construction Of Homeless Shelters
Excessive regulations interfere with some efforts to get the homeless out of our neighborhoods and into shelters. That why Ling co-authored AB 143 to suspend regulations that would unnecessarily delay construction of shelters.
Use Surplus State Property to House People
Ling backed new laws to use Cal-Trans and State Armory properties to provide emergency housing. AB 761, SB 2111
Get Homeless Children Into The Programs They Need
Ling co-authored AB 16 to create and fund programs to help get homeless children off the street and into homes.
Cracking Down On Car And Home Break Ins
A rash of car, business and home break-ins has occurred in areas where large homeless are prevalent. To discourage more break ins, Senator Chang co-authored SB 23 to create a new crime for "forcibly" entering a vehicle.
Stop Package Theft
As more people shop on-line, more packages are stolen from people’s residences. That’s why Ling co-authored AB 1210 to create a new crime of theft of packages shipped through the mail or delivered to a residence.
Improve Educational Opportunities
As President & CEO of the Youth Science Center, Ling helped strengthen Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum in the region.
On the Executive Board of the Cal Poly Pomona-Partners in Education, she advocated for improved teacher training.
Strengthen Vocational Training
By backing SB 451, Senator Chang helped enact a new law that requires professional development career and vocational counseling for students pursuing college and career technical education.
Improve STEM Education
Ling authored legislation to increase opportunities for high school students to take community college level STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) courses, so students could gain access to knowledge that is the driving force behind California’s innovation economy.
Make College More Affordable
Senator Chang co-authored AB 1307, The College Opportunity Act to provide students the opportunity to attend high-quality colleges and universities, who would otherwise not be able to attend. Diversifies the higher education options available under the CalGrant so students attend school where they are most likely to succeed.
Expand Pre-School Programs
Co-authored bipartisan legislation (the Pre-K for All Act) that dramatically expands eligibility for help low income students to enter pre-school and better prepare them for academic successful.
Keep Taxes Down
100% Rated By The California Taxpayers Association
Led Successful Efforts To Defeat $29 Billion In Tax Increases.
Source: SB 8, SCA 5, SB 16, SBX1 1, SB 591 (Pan), SBX2-13, SBX2 14, AB 1335, AB 1203, ABX2-18, AB 464
Protect Proposition 13. Ling has helped defeat efforts to undercut the tax saving provisions of Prop 13.
Co-Authored The “Affordable Gas For California Families Act” to stop a potential $0.76 per gallon gas tax hike. Senator Chang also opposed the $52 billion gas and car tax hike passed by recalled Senator Newman. Source: SB 1
Fought Effort By CalTrans To Use Taxpayer Dollars To Promote The Gas Tax Using Public Dollars.
Co-Authored Legislation To Prohibit A Tax On Texting.
Protect Neighborhoods From Crime And Drugs
Cripple Drug Dealers And Child Pornographers
Senator Chang worked with law enforcement to create a new law that cripples criminal organizations involved in dealing drugs, human trafficking, and child pornography.
Combat Human Trafficking
Ling’s first action in the Senate was to reinstate funding for anti-human trafficking funds that were stripped out of the budget. In this sessioni, Ling has authored SB 35 to reconvene the California Alliance to Combat Trafficking and Slavery (California ACTS) Task Force so law enforcement can more effectively fight human trafficking
Help Victims Of Human Trafficking
To provide essential services to victims of human trafficking, she authored SB 991.
Punish Computer Hackers
Complicated computer hacking crimes are compromising our privacy and financial security. By authoring SB 239, Senator Chang is working to give prosecutors sufficient time to convict those guilty of serious hacking crimes.
She also co-authored SB 1137 which creates a new crime for introducing "ransomware" (i.e. a computer or data lock placed in a computer system that restricts access to the system, computer, or data in some way).
Prevent Child Abuse
Ling helped establish child abuse prevention training in state schools for the first time ever. Source: AB 1058
Fighting Domestic Violence
Ling worked with Women Escaping a Violent Environment to prevent domestic violence by stopping abusers from using GPS tracking to stalk women. Source: AB 1407
Require Equal Pay For Equal Work
Ling Ling Chang supported the “California Fair Pay Act” to ensure women are paid the same as men when doing the same work and give women a new tool to challenge discrimination. Source: SB 358
Expand Family Leave
Ling voted to expand family leave so employees can take time off with pay when a member of their family becomes ill. Source: AB 908
She also supported AB 500 which requires schools and community colleges to provide at least six weeks of full paid maternity leave for employees.
Helping Our Veterans
Help Our Veterans Get Good Jobs
To give our veterans a greater opportunity to get a job once they leave the military, Senator Chang co-authored AB 1383 and AB 160.
Ensure Veterans Have Housing
Sadly, tax dollars committed to helping our veterans are too often wasted. That’s why she introduced AB 388 to ensure that funds spent on veterans housing are spent as efficiently and effectively as possible. That way we can help as many veterans as possible.
Pets For Vets
Senator Chang authored AB 245 to waive public shelter pet adoption fees for veterans and make it easier for them to have companions. This bill was recently signed by the Governor.
Fund Essential Services For Our Veterans
To fund essential services for our veterans, Senator Chang co-authored AB 55.
Reduce Security Deposits For Veterans
Senator Chang co-authored SB 644 to help those in the military get into housing without paying high security deposits they can’t afford.
Reducing Tax Bills
To reduce the tax bill of retired military in California, Senator Chang co-authored AB 427.
Give Renters A Tax Break
Ling co-authored SB 248 to increase the amount of the renter's tax credit and makes it refundable.
Protect The California Dream
Ling-Ling Chang’s parents moved from Taiwan to America so they could live the California dream and provide opportunity for their children.
As our State Senator, Ling LIng is working hard to protect that dream for future generations by demanding excellence from our schools, improving access to health care, keeping taxes down, and providing equal opportunity for all.
Fix Broken Immigration Laws
Ling’s parents are like generations of American immigrants who built this country. They made tough decisions and real sacrifices to build a better life for their children in America.
They came to this country legally, worked hard, played by the rules and gave Ling Ling and her siblings the kind of opportunity that only America provides.
Today, our immigration system is broken and is now badly in need of repair.
By co-authoring a measure to honor the Voting Rights Act, Ling is fighting to prevent racial discrimination in the voting booth. Source: AJR 13
Demand Justice For All
Increasing courtroom access to interpreters for those who do not speak English, helps ensure our justice system works for everyone. That’s why Ling backed AB 1002.
Keep Health Care Costs Down
As a project manager for a health information systems firm, Ling helped train physicians, system administrators, and medical staff at various hospitals across Southern California.
She is now using that experience to help reduce the costs of health care while increasing access.
Reduce The Cost Of Defensive Medicine
Ling is fighting to control health care and prescription drug costs under
control by keeping medical malpractice insurance rates down.
Reduce Tax Bills Of Middle-Class Care Givers
To reduce the tax bill for family members who are caring for a sick loved one, Ling co-authored AB 251, the Middle-Class Family Caregivers Tax Credit Bill.
Make Care More Affordable
To help low and middle-income Californians afford health care coverage, Ling backed SB 65 to establish the Affordable Care Access Plus Program.
Implement Tax Credits For Senior Health Care
By co-authoring AB 856, Ling worked to reduce senior’s tax bills through tax credits for senior home health care costs not paid by insurance
Forgive Student Loans Of Doctors Who Enter Public Services
High student loans prevent many doctors from entering public service.
That’s why Ling co-authored AB 565 to forgive medical school loans for doctors who serve in county mental health facilities. That will allow local government to cost effectively treat the homeless, PTSD veterans and others struggling with mental health issues.
Keeping Prescription Drug Prices Down
Ling helped make California the first state to prohibit drug companies from paying other companies not to bring less expensive generic medicines to the market. These anti-competitive practices have cost consumers and taxpayers $3.5 billion a year.
Cut Government Waste
As a city council member, Ling balanced every budget, built a $17 million reserve, increased funding for law enforcement and never raised taxes
To help stretch city tax dollars, Ling cut her own city council pay and benefits and used her own money on travel to Washington to advocate solutions for 57/60 Freeway interchange congestion. As a State Senator she also refused a pay increase when one was offered to all Senators.
In the State Assembly, she pioneered the use of new technology and services like Uber and Airbnb to save tax dollars and better provide essential services at a lower cost.
Audit Of The California State Lottery
The California State Lottery has misused funds and shown a lack of commitment to its responsibility to properly fund schools.
That’s why Senator Chang successfully called for a full audit of the state lottery to see how it is spending money and whether it is diverting money from schools.
Use Artificial Intelligence To Cut Waste And Make Us Safer
By co-authoring AB 459, Ling is working to save tax dollars by using artificial intelligence to foster greater accountability in state government.
She also authored SB 348 to help the state leverage AI to improve state services, such as the DMV.