Assemblymember Brian Maienschein announced that he was recently named “Legislator of the Year” by PawPAC, a leading advocacy organization for animals in California. Maienschein received the award for authoring legislation last year to help animals in California. Two of his bills, AB 494 and AB 316 were signed into law by Governor Brown. AB 494 allows pets to be included in civil restraining orders and AB 316 allows veterinarians from other states to provide assistance in California when necessary.

“It is an honor to be recognized as Legislator of the Year by PawPAC for my work to help animals in California,” he said. “I remain committed to ensuring that animals get the care and protection they need. I am proud to be recognized as a champion for the safety of animals and their owners in times of crisis.”

Assemblymember Brian Maienschein represents the 77th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes the communities of 4S Ranch, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Carmel Valley, Clairemont, Del Dios, Del Mar Heights, Fairbanks Ranch, Kearny Mesa, Mira Mesa, Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Peñasquitos, Rancho Santa Fe, Sabre Springs, San Carlos, San Pasqual Valley, Scripps Ranch, Sorrento Valley, and Tierrasanta.