Bonta Legislation Passes Senate Appropriations Committee

Saturday, September 2, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Appropriations Committee passed key bills by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) on Friday.

AB 262, the “Buy Clean California” will require the state to purchase greener building products on state infrastructure projects. This bi-partisan bill is supported by a diverse coalition of business, labor and environmental groups and will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and maintain California’s climate leadership.

“This bill will invest public dollars in a manner that is consistent with our state’s environmental goals and values,” said Bonta.  “While California already has strong climate protections, this bill will generate environmental benefits in state construction and reward those companies that have invested in clean technology,” said Bonta.

Other Legislation approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee:

AB 918 Voting Language Access – AB 918 will provide stronger language assistance in voting for limited-English proficient voters.   As the state with the most immigrants and the most limited-English voters, California has an obligation to be on the leading edge of providing greater language assistance in elections. AB 918 is a common sense method to ensure all citizens can fully participate in our democracy.

AB 1227 Human Trafficking – AB 1227 will require public schools to offer education and training on human trafficking identification and prevention in order to keep children from being exploited for labor or sex. Training our teachers to identify human trafficking is crucial to eradicating this terrible crime from our state. AB 1227 will ensure children identified as victims of human trafficking are provided with the services they need.

AB 1320 Private Prisons – AB 1320 will end California’s use of out-of-state private, for-profit prisons.  These for-profit corporations have a fiduciary duty to maximize profits for their shareholders. This duty presents a concerning conflict of interest with the state’s goals to invest in rehabilitation of people and the reduction of recidivism rates. AB 1320 will phase out the renewal of these contracts by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation by 2020 and end the use of these prisons by 2021.

AB 1360 Student Equity – Every California student deserves access to a fair and just public educational system. AB 1360 will prohibit discriminatory admissions practices and allow due process in student discipline proceedings at charter schools. AB 1360 has brought together stakeholders from both sides of the debate to protect all students regardless of academic performance, family circumstances, where they were born, or the language they speak from discrimination in any publicly-funded school.

AB 1479 Public Records – AB 1479 will bring Californians closer to their local and state government by creating greater transparency and responsiveness. It will make it easier for people to access public records and address the issue of public agencies improperly withholding public records. AB 1479 will require public agencies to designate a custodian of records who will be responsible for responding to a public records request and any inquiry from the public about a decision by an agency to deny a request for records.

Assemblymember Rob Bonta represents the 18th Assembly District, which includes Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro and is the Assistant Majority Leader and Chair of the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Legislative Caucus.