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Assemblywoman Bains gets county approval for $8 million to combat fentanyl

Assemblywoman Dr. Jasmeet Bains was approved by the Kern County Board of Supervisors to disperse state funding to several law enforcement and healthcare agencies to combat fentanyl in Kern County.

The funding for the agencies to participate in Fentanyl Misuse and Overdose Prevention Task Force was approved during the Kern County Board of Supervisors' meeting Tuesday morning, according to a county news release.

KCCD lands $1M for mobile virtual reality lab

The "gamification of learning" is rolling into Kern County with state investment in a new virtual reality lab on wheels designed to deliver next-generation workforce training to local students in need of career options.

On Monday, Assemblywoman Dr. Jasmeet Bains, D-Bakersfield, presented a $1 million state check to the Kern Community College District so it can build what's being called an "economic mobility lab." The district expects to put the 30-foot trailer on the road by fall 2025.

State Senate Higher Education Committee moves forward with Kern medical school bill

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. KGET) — A bill that would possibly bring a University of California medical school to Kern County is moving forward in the state legislature.

Dr. Jasmeet Bains, who represents California’s 35th Assembly district, first introduced the so-called “Grow Our Own” bill. It would require the University of California to build a medical school in Kern County and create an endowment in the state treasury to fund it.

Industry makes progress in fight against dangerous CARB DPF requirement

In a major milestone for mariner safety in California, the California Senate Transportation Committee has voted 14-0 in favor of a measure that would prevent the California Air Resources Board (CARB) from enforcing a potentially deadly requirement in its harbor craft regulations. That requirement would force operators to install unproven and uncertified diesel particulate filters (DPF), widely seen as a fire hazard. The U.S. Coast Guard has already said that it won’t enforce the CARB DPF requirement.

The measure, AB 1122, was authored by Assemblymember Dr. Jasmeet Bains, MD.

Assembly committee passes Bains' ‘UC Kern' bill for medical school

Everyone — from farmers to teachers, legislators to laymen — can agree that the Central Valley needs more doctors.

On Tuesday, the Assembly Higher Education Committee passed the “Grow Our Own” bill, or Assembly Bill 2357, bringing a branch medical school campus of the UC San Francisco School of Medicine in Kern County one brick closer to being built.