Press Releases

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.”

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

 

 

Judges echo SB 10 by calling for an end to the cash bail system, creating pretrial services agencies to assess if defendants are safe to be released

 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

“The Governor made us wait,” said Representative Rob Bonta of the California Assembly, about the Buy Clean California act that he had sponsored.

Governor Jerry Brown had until midnight on Sunday to sign or veto the bill. "It was touch-and-go until the very end, given some of the governor’s office's concerns," Bonta reports. He was on a plane returning home from visiting his daughter on the east coast when the good news finally arrived in the form of a group text from his staff:  AB 262 signed!!

“I congratulated my team,” Bonta said. “This was not an easy lift at all.”

Monday, October 16, 2017

Provides Additional Language Translations for Limited-English Proficient Voters

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Bill Promotes Clean Manufacturing Through State Infrastructure Purchasing

 

(Sacramento, CA) - Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 262, a first-of-its-kind bill to address climate change through state purchasing. AB 262, the Buy Clean California Act authored by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), will require the state to buy certain common building products from cleaner manufacturers.

 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Provides Protections for California Students in Admissions and Discipline While Attending Charter Schools

 

SACRAMENTO – Governor Jerry Brown has signed AB 1360 authored by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D- Oakland) which will prohibit discriminatory admissions practices and allow due process in student discipline proceedings at charter schools.