Tuesday, September 29, 2015

(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) announced that Governor Brown signed his AB 625 this week, a bill to protect California’s schools that have been taken over by the state.

“AB 625 protects our schools from further harm during the state takeover process through improving coordination and communication during state audits; it is important that the remedy designed to help districts actually improves their financial stability rather than punishes them, and their students, for the mistakes of the past,” said Bonta.

Monday, September 28, 2015

(Los Angeles, CA) Today, Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) held a press conference in Los Angeles to urge Governor Jerry Brown to sign the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act, including AB 266. Bonta, lead author of AB 266, was joined by two of his joint authors, Reginald Jones-Sawyer, Sr. (D-Los Angeles) and Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale), along with a strong coalition of supporters from local government, patient advocacy groups, labor, and the medical marijuana industry.

Assemblymember Rob Bonta explained the historic impact the proposed regulations will have in the state. “The Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act will usher in a new era for California.  If the Governor signs the act, patients will have more assurances that their products are safe; law enforcement will have a foundation to identify 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, September 17, 2015

(Oakland, CA) Today on the steps of the State Building in Oakland, Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) held a press conference to urge Governor Jerry Brown to sign a trio of medical marijuana bills that passed the Legislature last week. Bonta, lead author on one of the bills, AB 266, was joined by two of his joint authors, Assemblymembers Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) and Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale), along with a strong coalition of supporters from local government, patient advocacy groups, labor, and the medical marijuana industry.

“We are here today to urge Governor Brown to approve the strong, comprehensive regulatory framework for the medical marijuana industry that my colleagues and I sent to him last week,” stated Assemblymember Bonta. “With this legislation, the ‘wild west’ of the medical marijuana industry will be reined in and all of California will benefit—from patients, who will now have more assurances that their products are safe, to law enforcement, who will now have a foundation for identifying drugged drivers in order to protect the public, to the environment, which will be protected from neglect, destruction, and water diversion, to the industry itself, which will now be able to come out of the shadows and participate confidently as state-recognized businesses contributing to the economy.”

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Legislature Sends Bonta’s Victim Compensation Bill to the Governor

(SACRAMENTO, CA) - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) announced today that his bill to modernize the California Victim Compensation Program passed both houses of the Legislature with strong bipartisan support and will now be considered by the Governor. The California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board (board) administers the California Victim Compensation Program (CalVCP) to compensate victims of specific types of crimes through the Restitution Fund.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

California State Assembly establishes first-of-its-kind framework to regulate the medical marijuana industry in California; AB 266 & AB 243 ensure patient access, protect the environment, public safety and public health

(Sacramento, CA) – Today the California State Assembly reached a historic agreement on a comprehensive regulatory framework for the state's billion dollar medical cannabis industry that will be placed in AB 266 and AB 243. AB 266 is authored by Assemblymembers Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova), Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles), and Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale), while AB 243 is authored by Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg).

This is the first time in the history of California that a medical marijuana regulatory framework has been agreed to by the California State Assembly, the California State Senate, and the Governor’s Office. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the Delano Grape Strike of 1965 this week on the floor of the Assembly, describing the critical collaboration between Filipino and Latino farm workers and leaders during the genesis of the California farm labor movement.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) presented a first-of-its kind climate divestiture bill to the Assembly for a floor vote during the last weeks of the legislative session. The bill, SB 185, authored by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, requires California’s public pension funds---the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS)---to divest from holdings in thermal coal.

“California is leading the fight against climate,” explained Bonta. “As legislators, we have a responsibility to our districts and to our constituents to take necessary steps to aggressively address climate change in this state and in this world. SB 185 aligns our investments with those values.”

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

For the first time in California history, small businesses may incorporate as worker-owned businesses

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) was proud to announce today that Governor Brown signed legislation that will allow small businesses to form as worker cooperatives – businesses that are democratically owned and managed by their workers. The bill, AB 816, is first-of-its-kind legislation to facilitate the creation of worker-owned businesses in California.

“Worker-owned businesses are central to addressing income inequality, empowering workers, and building the middle class,” explained Bonta. “As low-income communities struggle with high rates of unemployment and low wages, worker-owned small businesses are an effective way of providing a living wage and bringing workers into the middle class.”

Thursday, July 16, 2015

AB 266 Passes Two Key Senate Policy Committees,4-0 and 8-1

(Sacramento, CA) - This week the Senate Committees on Governance and Finance and Health passed AB 266, a measure that for the first time in the history of California creates a comprehensive regulatory framework for the state's billion dollar medical cannabis industry. AB 266 is authored by Assemblymembers RobBonta (D-Oakland), Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova), Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles), and Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale).The bill made history when it passed the Assembly last month on a vote of 62-8, marking the first time that a substantive medical cannabis bill has passed off the Assembly floor with strong bipartisan support.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Bonta proud to coauthor AB 1522, providing unprecedented sick leave for Californians

(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Chair of the Assembly Health Committee, issued the following statement applauding California’s groundbreaking paid sick leave law AB 1522, the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014.

With the enactment of the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, California became the second state in the nation to guarantee private sector workers access to at least three paid sick days, with one hour accrued for thirty hours worked. Last November, Massachusetts became the third state to require sick leave.