Tuesday, September 30, 2014

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) announced today that Governor Brown has signed AB 1271, which encourages school safety plans to include protocols to address the mental health care of students who have witnessed a violent act in school.  The legislation was introduced in response to young students’ comments made at hearings for the Select Committee on Gun Violence in the East Bay, in which they expressed concern over the lack of mental health services for students after violent incidents.  Bonta also stated he wanted to take a stand against the 15 recorded school shootings that have occurred since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

“All forms of violence, such gun violence and bullying, have become a tragic fact of life for children in districts such as my own 18th.  Growing up in violent environments can cause serious traumatic complications for children, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.  This, among other challenges, can make it difficult for children and adolescents to become engaged and productive pupils,” said Assemblymember Bonta.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) announced today that Governor Brown has signed AB 2292, which provides cities and counties with a new tool to expand broadband projects in order to bring high-speed communications, jobs, and new businesses to local communities.  Local communities will now be able to use infrastructure financing districts, a funding mechanism that requires voter approval, for use in communitywide infrastructure and financing projects.  The bill had strong bipartisan support throughout the legislative process.

“In the wake of the elimination of redevelopment agencies, many local governments have limited options to revitalize their economies.  Broadband has been federally and internationally recognized as a key driver of economic growth and national competitiveness, in addition to contributing to social and cultural development,” said Assemblymember Bonta.

Monday, September 29, 2014

AB 966 Expands Statewide Successful Condom Distribution
Program in Prison to Protect Public Health

(OAKLAND, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is proud to announce that Governor Brown signed his bill to reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS and other STDs in prisons and communities throughout California.

Monday, September 29, 2014

(Oakland, CA) – Assemblymember Bonta is happy to announce that over the weekend, Governor Brown signed his bill to preserve the testimony of witnesses in human trafficking cases.

“AB 1610 protects victims of human trafficking by preserving their testimony in human trafficking-related prosecutions.  Preservation of their testimony at a very early stage, in many cases, is necessary to ensure just adjudication,” explained Bonta.

Friday, August 29, 2014

AB 2292 stimulates local economy through innovative technology 

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta’s AB 2292, which provides cities and counties with a new tool to expand broadband projects in order to bring high-speed communications, jobs, and new businesses to local communities, passed the Legislature with strong bipartisan support and is now being considered by the Governor.  The bill would allow local communities to use infrastructure financing districts, a funding mechanism that requires voter approval, to create communitywide broadband projects. 

“In the wake of the elimination of redevelopment agencies, many local governments have limited options to revitalize their economies.  Broadband has been federally and internationally recognized as a key driver of economic growth and national competitiveness, in addition to contributing to social and cultural development and enrichment,” said Assemblymember Bonta.

Friday, August 29, 2014

AB 1271 bolsters mental health protocols in school safety plans

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) announced this week that AB 1271, which encourages school safety plans to include protocols to address the mental health care of students who have witnessed a violent act in school, passed the Legislature and will now be considered by Governor Brown.  The legislation was introduced in response to young students’ comments made at hearings of the Select Committee on Gun Violence in the East Bay, which Bonta Chairs, in which they expressed concern over the lack of mental health services for students after violent incidents.  Bonta also introduced the legislation as a stand against the 15 recorded school shootings that have occurred since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newton, CT in 2012.

“All forms of violence, such as gun violence and bullying, have become a tragic fact of life for children in districts such as my own 18th Assembly District.  Growing up in violent environments can cause serious traumatic complications for children, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.  This, among other challenges, can make it difficult for children and adolescents to become engaged and productive students,” said Assemblymember Bonta.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AB 2396 brings rehabilitated individuals back into the workforce instead of cycling them back into the criminal justice system

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) was proud to announce today that his bill to reduce employment barriers for people with criminal records who have been rehabilitated passed the Legislature with bipartisan support and now heads to Governor Brown for his consideration. 

“AB 2396 would expand opportunities for rehabilitated individuals to pursue meaningful employment and work towards entering the middle class instead of struggling in low-wage jobs or returning to crime,” said Assemblymember Bonta.  “AB 2396 reduces barriers to employment by prohibiting any licensing entity within the Department of Consumer Affairs from denying a license solely on the basis of a dismissed criminal conviction."

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AB 2719 Reduces Market Entry Barriers for Emerging Pop-up and Mobile Retail Businesses

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is proud to announce that his groundbreaking legislation to aid innovative small businesses passed the Legislature with strong bipartisan support and now heads to Governor Brown for his consideration. 

“Small businesses are incredibly important to the economy of our state,” said Assemblymember Bonta.  “There are over 3.3 million small businesses in California, providing 51.6 percent of the total private sector jobs in the state.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AB 966 Expands Statewide Successful Condom Distribution Program in Prison to Protect Public Health and Promote Fiscal Responsibility

(OAKLAND, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is proud to announce that his bill to reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS and other STDs in prisons and communities throughout California passed the Senate this week and will now be considered by the Governor.

Bonta explained, “Sexually transmitted disease is a tragic reality of life in prison. The HIV/AIDS infection rate in prison is estimated to be at least 8 to 10 times higher than among the general population.”

Monday, August 25, 2014

(Oakland, CA) – Assemblymember Bonta’s bill to preserve the testimony of witnesses in human trafficking cases is now headed to the Governor’s desk.

“AB 1610 protects victims of human trafficking by preserving their testimony in human trafficking-related prosecutions.  Preservation of their testimony at a very early stage, in many cases, is necessary to ensure just adjudication,” explained Bonta.