Bonta Expresses Appreciation for Community Engagement; Will Not Move Forward With AB 22

For immediate release:

(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) has decided not to move forward with AB 22 as a direct result of his conversations with the public and constituents.

Assemblymember Bonta expressed appreciation to his colleagues including Assemblymembers Ash Kalra and Kansen Chu for their consultation and guidance on this issue.

While AB 22 is a technical ‘clean-up’ bill that would remove statutory language that was ruled unconstitutional 50 years ago by the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Robel, 389 U.S. 258 (1967), it also brought up real pain for some.

“Many expressed these concerns to me,” said Bonta.  “Through my conversations with veterans and members of the Vietnamese-American community, I heard compelling stories of how AB 22 caused real distress and hurt for proud and honorable people. For that, I am sorry.”

“I appreciate the candor and heartfelt expressions of concern.  As a member of the State Assembly and throughout my career as a public servant, I know that listening is just as important as speaking.  I have worked to bring communities together and promote the values of justice, inclusion, equity and opportunity.”

Assemblymember Rob Bonta represents the 18th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro and is the Assistant Majority Leader and Chair of the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Legislative Caucus.