Press Releases

Bonta Introduces the Whale Entanglement Prevention Act to Protect Endangered Sea Life

The Whale Entanglement Prevention Act would require ropeless crabbing gear by 2025, ensuring California’s leadership role in whale protection around the world.

SACRAMENTO, February 10, 2021 - While California has long been a leader in wildlife conservation and sustainable fishing operations, our crabbing industry continues to use antiquated trapping gear that needlessly kills or injures endangered whales and sea turtles.

Bonta and Fellow Lawmakers Introduce Bail Reform Measure

SACRAMENTO – Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), and Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) introduced joint legislation on Wednesday designed to reform the state’s money bail system, and to address the disproportionate impacts on low-income and low-wealth residents.

Assemblymember Bonta Introduces The HOLD Act to Empower Health Officials to Protect Californians in For-Profit, Private Detention Facilities

SACRAMENTO – Today, California State Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) introduced AB 263, known as the Health Oversight and Leadership in Detention Act (HOLD Act) that will empower California health officials to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by ensuring health orders are followed inside for-profit, private detention facilities.

Bonta Leads Effort to Stop Deportation of Kao Ta Saelee

Assemblymember Bonta and Legislative colleagues are fighting to stop the deportation of Kao Ta Saelee, a Californian who bravely served as an inmate firefighter. He served his time, earned his release, but when he was due to be set free, the state voluntarily handed him over to ICE where he now faces deportation to a country he fled as a refugee with his family at the age of 2.