The California Senate Democrats
July 9, 2019 Tuesday 9:00 AM EST
California State Sen. Portantino: Ambassador Baibourtian Joins Senator Portantino in Sacramento for Armenian Trade Office Bill Hearing
The California Senate Democrats issued the following news release on behalf of California State Sen. Anthony J. Portantino, D-La Canada Flintridge:
Today, SB 302 authored by State Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D-La Canada Flintridge) passed the Assembly Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy Committee. The bill seeks to reestablish the trade office between California and Armenia which was ended in 2008. Ambassador Armen Baibourtian flew to Sacramento to offer his testimony in support of SB 302 as it would be the first international trade office reestablished since California ended the program.
"I am very happy to be in a position to foster strong economic ties between California and Armenia which can be formalized under SB 302. California is an international economic driver and home to the largest Armenian American Community in the country that has a large presence in our business community. We should seize upon the opportunity presented by our healthy economy and these inherent advantages and use the trade office to help both economies. I'm am looking forward to watching the momentum behind this effort build and to the success it will inspire," commented Senator Portantino.
SB 302 is Co-authored by Senators Scott Wilk (R- Santa Clarita) Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger), Scott Winer (D-San Francisco), Henry Stern (D- Calabasas), Assemblymembers Autumn Burke (D- Inglewood) and Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley). Portantino, Wilk, Stern, Low and Burke have all travelled to Armenian.
"These are exciting times in California and in Armenia. I am very pleased with the progress of the Trade Office and I look forward to the work ahead to make it a success. I as well as the Armenian community are grateful to Senator Portantino for his friendship and his stewardship of this laudable effort," commented Ambassador Baibourtian.