Betsy Butler

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Betsy Butler
Portrait of Betsy Butler.jpg
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 53rd district
In office
December 6, 2010 – November 30, 2012
Preceded by Ted Lieu
Succeeded by Richard Bloom
Personal details
Born (1963-06-14) June 14, 1963 (age 51)
Sacramento, California
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Residence Marina Del Rey, California
Alma mater San Diego State University
University of California, Los Angeles
Website http://betsybutler.com

Betsy Butler (born June 14, 1963 in Sacramento, California) is an American politician who served in the California State Assembly. She is a Democrat. Prior to being elected to the State Assembly, she was a board member of Equality California and a fundraiser for the California League of Conservation Voters and the Consumer Attorneys of California.

Political career[edit]

Butler was elected to the California State Assembly in 2010 to what was then the 53rd Assembly District.

Governor Brown signed fourteen of Butler’s bills in her two-year term, most of them addressing these pressing matters.

Under the 2011 redistricting lines, the 53rd Assembly District changed significantly and Butler announced she would run for re-election in 2011 for the new open 50th Assembly District which includes Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Malibu and Beverly Hills.[1] She narrowly lost reelection to Richard Bloom.


Legislative measures[edit]

She is a sponsor of the Toxin-Free Infants and Toddler Act (AB 1319) which bans the use of Bisphenol-A (BPA) in baby bottles and sippy cups.[2]

Banning toxic chemicals[edit]

Authored by Butler, and signed into law by Governor Brown, AB 1319 – The Toxin-Free Infants and Toddlers Act[3] — will prohibit the manufacture, sale or distribution of baby bottles and sippy cups that contain the harmful chemical Bisphenol-A (BPA).

Issues relating to senior citizens[edit]

Butler has also authored, and had signed into law, bills to protect the elderly against identity theft (AB 332[4]) and to allow seniors and dependent adults to publicly speak out against their abusers (AB 2149).[5]

Veteran issues[edit]

During her term in the Assembly, Butler was named the 2011 Legislator of the Year[6] by the Vietnam Veterans of America and the 2012 Legislator of the Year by the American Veterans (AMVETS) (AB 2371,[7] AB 2490[8] and AB 1940.[9]

Consumer protection[edit]

Governor Brown also signed legislation protecting consumers from fraudulent businesses (AB 2118)[10] and green growth legislation designed to increase the use of electric and hybrid vehicles (AB 475).[11]

Worker safety[edit]

In 2012 Butler introduced AB 2346, The Farm Worker Safety Act, to safeguard California farmworkers from abusive work conditions[12] and ensure shade and water is readily available. The measure was vetoed by the governor.[13]

Environmental[edit]

Butler introduced AB 972 to place a moratorium on hydraulic fracking.[14]

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