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 52)
Sacramento, California
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Residence Marina Del Rey, California
Alma mater San Diego State University
University of California, Los Angeles

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]


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


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