Press Releases

Friday, January 5, 2018

For Immediate Release:

Bipartisan Assemblymembers Vow to Uphold Will of California Voters Following U.S.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Actions on Cannabis

Thursday, January 4, 2018

SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) has introduced AB 1741 which will bring tax equity to the medical and adult-use cannabis industries.

AB 1741 will waive the 10 percent penalty fee imposed on cash payments for cultivation and excise taxes on both medical and adult-use cannabis and waive the penalty for sales and use taxes on adult-use cannabis.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

In January, a new state law goes into effect that requires all public schools to provide human trafficking prevention education to students at least once in middle school and once in high school.

“The whole idea was let’s look at teachers as first responders in the classroom,” said Ashlie Bryant, president and co-founder of 3Strands Global Foundation, a coalition of nonprofits that created the curriculum and sponsored the Human Trafficking Prevention Education and Training Act. Assemblymen Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, and Evan Low, D-San Jose, authored the bill.

“The goal is not only to identify students who are actively being trafficked, but also to reduce the number of students who could become victims, buyers or traffickers,” Bonta said.

Friday, October 27, 2017

The Los Angeles Times Editorial Board

October 27, 2017

Despite the loud objections voiced by California’s bail industry, the basic principle of pretrial justice in this state ought to be clear: People who are arrested but haven’t yet gone to trial should be locked up or set free depending on how likely they are to flee or cause harm, not on whether they can afford bail.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Those were some of the findings contained in a comprehensive report on California's money bail system issued this week by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and the members of the state's judiciary. Their 10 recommendations align with the approach Senator Bob Hertzberg and I have taken with our companion bail reform bills AB 42 and SB 10, which support a system based on risk, not wealth.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Statement from United Farm Workers on Larry Itliong Day:

Larry Itliong Day in California, October 25, is being honored by the Cesar Chavez Foundation and United Farm Workers under a state law authored by Assemblymember Rob Bonta and approved by Governor Jerry Brown in 2015.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

By Sudhin Thanawala | AP October 25 at 12:25 AM

SAN FRANCISCO — Efforts to do away with cash bail in California received a big boost when the state’s top judge got behind a proposal to end what critics say is a system that keeps poor people behind bars while wealthier suspects can pay for their freedom.

California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said Tuesday that instead of cash bail, the state should rely on assessments of defendants’ danger to the public to determine whether they should be released.

The proposal endorsed by Cantil-Sakauye is contained in a report by a group of judges that concluded the state’s cash bail system “unnecessarily compromises victim and public safety” and “exacerbates socioeconomic disparities and racial bias.”