California assemblyman back to work after child cruelty trial

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SACRAMENTO (KRON) — Walking onto the assembly floor for the first time in two months, Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula was greeted with many handshakes and hugs.

Wednesday morning’s session started in prayer, something Arambula says helped him on his first day back.

“I was baptized this past year and my faith has meant a lot going through this recent experience, it has provided a bedrock for me,” he said. “Hearing that prayer really allowed me to connect and rebalance and make sure I was in a good place entering today’s session.”

With his name back on the board, Arambula cast votes and listened to colleagues pitching legislation Wednesday.

The Fresno assemblyman says he plans to come up with legislation as a result of his recent experience: an arrest and trial on misdemeanor child abuse charges — only to be exonerated in a jury trial.

“Now I have an opportunity to provide a voice, often times people don’t feel that opportunity, but those of us who are in government and have a chance to make sure our laws are reflective and help all of our communities. That’s our responsibility,” the assemblyman said.

Moving forward, Arambula says expanding health care access is one of his priorities.

Two of his education-related bills will also be heard on the floor this week.

“It’s nice to be up here voting, participating, and making sure that all of our voices are heard here in Sacramento,” Arambula said.

Arambula is set to address his colleagues on the Assembly floor for the very first time Thursday.

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