Friday, June 26, 2015

(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Chair of the Assembly Health Committee, issued the following statement after the landmark decision in King vs. Burrell, in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that federal subsidies offered as part of federally-established health care exchanges are legal under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

California would not have been immediately affected by the Supreme Court decision because the Golden State chose to fully implement the ACA and establish Covered California as the state's health insurance exchange. However, it would have been difficult to predict how long California would be immune to any additional actions taken by Congress if the Supreme Court's decision ruled the subsidies were unconstitutional.

Friday, June 26, 2015

(Sacramento, CA) - Following the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) made the following statement commending the expansion of marriage equality throughout the country and urging further progress:

“The Supreme Court’s decisions over the past two years on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act set the stage for today’s momentous decision expanding marriage equality across the nation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities. As an attorney experienced in and committed to civil rights issues, I am encouraged that the Supreme Court had the moral and constitutional insight to recognize the importance of equality for all. The decision is particularly meaningful as we are just few days from the 46th anniversary of the start of the Stonewall Riots in New York City, which ushered in the modern LGBT rights movement.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Bonta to serve as Chair of the Public Health and Developmental Services Committee

(Sacramento, CA) - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) issued the following statement after being appointed by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) to Chair the Public Health and Developmental Services Committee. The committee was established in response to Governor Jerry Brown's proclamation to convene an Extraordinary Session of the Legislature on health care to secure additional funding for Medi-Cal and developmental disability services.

“This week Governor Brown signed a balanced and fiscally responsible budget that provides $115.4 billion to invest in California’s most valuable asset: our people.

Monday, June 22, 2015

AB 7 establishes"Larry Itliong Day" in California

(SACRAMENTO, CA) - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is proud to announce that his bill to establish Larry Itliong Day in California passed the Senate with unanimous and bipartisan support (37-0). The bill would require the Governor to annually proclaim Itliong's October 25th birthdate as "Larry Itliong Day" in the state and would encourage public schools to teach about Itliong's life and contributions to California. The bill now heads to the Governor's desk for his signature.

Monday, June 15, 2015

(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) issued the following statement today after the Legislature passed its fifth balanced, on-time state budget in a row:

“Today’s budget invests in California’s most valuable asset: our people. After years of cuts, the budget reflects my core Democratic values and the priorities of the state. The budget fights poverty, reinvests in schools and early childhood education, improves access to higher education, builds reserves for a rainy day, and pays down debt.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Chair of the Assembly Health Committee, was proud to announce that the Assembly passed four of his key health bills to support consumer protections, strengthen access to high quality health care for our must vulnerable children, and improve the health of all Californians.

“As Chair of the Assembly Health Committee, it is a priority for me to work together with members, legislative leaders, and all stakeholders in the health field to ensure that all Californians receive the high quality health care they deserve,” Bonta explained.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Out-of-network charges often aren’t flagged before treatment, consumers say; states tightening laws

Many consumers with health coverage through the Affordable Care Act are facing unexpected medical bills that in some cases greatly exceed the law’s caps on out-of-pocket expenses.

The law’s limits don’t apply to charges from out-of-network providers, and many insurance plans sold on ACA exchanges have limited networks—amplifying the risk of surprise bills.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

(Sacramento, CA) -  Today in a historic vote of 60 to 8, the California State Assembly passed AB 266, a measure that creates a comprehensive regulatory framework for medical cannabis.   AB 266 is joint authored by Assemblymembers Rob  Bonta (D-Oakland), Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova), and Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles).  The vote marks the first time in recent history that a substantive medical cannabis bill has passed the Assembly floor with strong bipartisan support. 

“Today demonstrates how far the Legislature has come on the issue of medical cannabis; AB 266 truly represents an innovative, thoughtful, and much-needed approach to protect our patients and local businesses by creating a robust regulatory framework for this field,” said Assemblymember Bonta.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

(Sacramento, CA) − ­Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is proud to announce his bill, AB 833, which authorizes Alameda County to develop and implement a five-year individualized county child care subsidy pilot plan, passed the Assembly with unanimous support (80-0) and is now headed to the Senate.

“Alameda County is in dire need of a local plan to address the growing number of children and families in need of quality child care services,” said Assemblymember Bonta.  “AB 833 provides the necessary limited local control to maximize the use of subsidy funds and improve and stabilize child care with appropriate state oversight.”

Friday, May 29, 2015

Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) made the following statement after the Assembly Appropriations Committee passed AB 266, which was amended to make Bonta lead author on the bill to regulate the medical cannabis industry. The bill is joint authored by Assemblymembers Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) and Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles).

“Today represents a great demonstration of unity and collaboration among my Assembly colleagues on the critical issue of regulating the medical cannabis industry,” said Assemblymember Bonta.