State Sen. Steve Knight addressed approximately 40 residents from throughout the High Desert on Tuesday night at the Hesperia Golf and Country Club.


As Knight began his presentation, he emphasized that his office keeps their focus on business, veterans and school kids. The senator focused his remarks on highlighting three bills in particular before taking questions.


"This last year we passed a very important bill SB 290," Knight, R-Antelope Valley, said, encouraging the need for locals to support military. "SB 290 basically said that if you are a veteran and you served one year in California you get to go to our schools for in-state tuition."


Resident Jeanne Helslay said crime is an issue of concern for her and wanted to attend the meeting for that reason.


"I was part of the Hesperia incorporation committee," Jeanne Helslay said, "and I am very concerned about what's going on in our community and what we can do to keep it a good community."


Lindsay Woods, general manager for Hesperia Recreation and Park District said he wanted to come out and show support for the senator's visit. Hesperia Councilman Eric Schmidt praised the job that Knight has done so far.


"I think our senatorial representation has been very good," Schmidt said. "I think I share many people's frustrations when you look at the ridiculous nature of what is going on in Sacramento. Why does the initiative process have to be pushed so often and why does it overturn what they are doing in Sacramento?"


Knight expressed how important it is to him to work on committees that deal with local communities, acknowledging Schmidt's attendance.


"I get to deal directly with cities, council members, the towns, and I find out what is happening," Knight said. "If I have a problem and I need to know what's happening, I can call (Schmidt) and say, 'how does this affect you?' Before we write the laws, we talk to the councilmen and get their input."


Knight also expressed his disappointment that Proposition 30 was passed because much of the money was being used purposes other than schools.


"The governor also signed AB 1266," Knight said. "One part says if you think you are the other gender, high school kids, you can use the other bathroom. It doesn't make me as upset as the second part that says if you think you are the other gender, you can try out for the other team."


Knight said it was unfair for boys who generally have more physical strength to suddenly change over to a girls' team.


In the question and answer period that followed, the audience raised questions about the Affordable Care Act and how to keep lawmakers from using money that is designated for other reasons like Prop 30.