California Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas Introduces Legislation to Provide Relief for Harvey Victims

Friday, September 15, 2017

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California Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas Introduces Legislation to Provide Relief for Harvey Victims

Assembly Bill 345 Will Allow Charitable Contributions for Disaster Relief Efforts on State Personal Income Tax Returns

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas has introduced legislation to provide timely relief to victims of Hurricane Harvey and other recent natural disasters.  Assembly Bill 345, also known as the Disaster Victim Assistance Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund, allows taxpayers to contribute on their state income tax return to assist disaster relief efforts.

“California stands with our brothers and sisters in Houston as they rebuild their community in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey,” said Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas.

AB 345 would, for the first 12 months, grant priority to nonprofit organizations assisting victims of Hurricane Harvey. Due to imminent legislative deadlines, AB 345 could not be amended to include similar priority status for Hurricane Irma.

“I’m asking the Governor to take administrative action allowing Assembly Bill 345 to assist Hurricane Irma victims as well,” said Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas.