Major bills authored by me created public school choice for students, reduced property tax appraisals, expanded research and development tax credits for high tech companies, and lowered the age to14 where juveniles can be tried as adults for murder.
My fourth term became my most productive as a new spirit of cooperation spread through the Legislature and members were determined to fix some growing problems. Growing alarm at the negative business environment led to a major reform of the workers compensation insurance system in the state. Research and Development tax credits authored by me became law. I was able to pass a law allowing parents choice of where their children attended public school in California.
In 1994, I also passed a law allowing District Attorneys the discretion to try 14 year old juveniles as adults for the crime of murder.
The years in the Assembly were a terrific learning experience. Eight years of immersion in the complexities and subtleties of legislating and governing such a diverse State had prepared me for my next challenge, running for the office of State Insurance Commissioner.