Friday, February 19, 2016

Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) introduced a package of bills this week to improve the quality of early childhood education, explore innovative ways to create universal, tuition-free higher education, and increase access to health care in the state’s most underserved communities.

Friday, February 19, 2016

(SACRAMENTO, CA) - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) today introduced a package of critical public safety bills that prioritize police reform, improve life outcomes for boys and men of color, and expand support for victims of violent crimes, including victims escaping from violent living environments and victims of human trafficking.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

(SACRAMENTO, CA) Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) issued the following statement today after Governor Jerry Brown delivered his State of the State Address.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

(Sacramento, CA) –Today, Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) released a statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed Budget for 2016-17.

Monday, January 4, 2016

(Sacramento, CA) –Today, Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) introduced AB 1575, a bill to clarify and improve implementation of the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA), which took effect on January 1st. MMRSA established the first comprehensive regulatory framework for the state’s medical marijuana industry and is considered one of California’s landmark legislative efforts of 2015. AB 1575 is authored by the same bipartisan coalition of Assemblymembers who authored MMRSA—Assemblymembers Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova), Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr. (D-Los Angeles), Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale), and Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg).

Small Business Saturday

As the biggest holiday shopping season approaches, I encourage you to shop local whenever you can. This year, Saturday, November 28 is known as "Small Business Saturday" as a way to show support for our many local small businesses.

One of the best investments we can make in our community is supporting local businesses. Local business owners are the backbone of California's economy.

Friday, October 16, 2015

(San Francisco) - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) says he’s proud to have authored Assembly Bill 176, which would have uncovered many of the social, economic, and educational disparities in the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community. “This bill started from a simple but powerful idea,” said Assemblymember Bonta during a news conference in San Francisco’s Chinatown. “There are more than 23 distinct communities within the Asian American population and 19 within the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander population. Each of these API communities has different health and educational outcomes and needs.” AB 176 passed the Assembly and Senate with just one dissenting vote so Assemblymember Bonta says he was surprised and disappointed that it was not signed by the Governor. Here’s more from Assemblymember Bonta in this Assembly Access video.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Nearly 20 years after Proposition 215 legalized medical marijuana, comprehensive regulations are finally state law

(Sacramento, CA) –Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is happy to announce today that Governor Brown signed the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (the Act), which, for the first time in the history of California, establishes a comprehensive regulatory framework for the medical marijuana industry to ensure patient access, as well as to protect the environment, public safety, and public health.

“Today ushers in a new era for California,” explained Assemblymember Bonta. “Patients will have assurances that their products are safe. Law enforcement will have a foundation for identifying drugged drivers and increased funding to protect the public. The environment will be protected from neglect, destruction, and water diversion. And the medical marijuana industry itself will be able to come out of the shadows and receive the same protections under the law as other state-licensed businesses, creating jobs and contributing to the economy.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

(Sacramento, CA) - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) announced today that Governor Brown signed his bill to ensure fair health insurance deductibles and out-of-pocket cost sharing limits.  The bill, AB 1305, prohibits health plans and insurers from giving a person a higher deductible or maximum out-of-pocket cost sharing limit merely because that person is a member of a family enrolled in family coverage. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

AB 1140 Modernizes and Reforms the California Victim Compensation Program  

(SACRAMENTO, CA) - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is happy to announce today that Governor Brown signed his bill to modernize the California Victim Compensation Program (CalVCP), which has been supporting victims of violent crime for 50 years.

“AB 1140 will help California better meet the needs of crime victims. The balanced and common-sense changes made by AB 1140 will allow more victims of violent crime to fully participate in the program and obtain the critical services they need to heal and recover. I am honored to have had the opportunity to author this critical and necessary overhaul and modernization of the program,” said Bonta.