Press Releases

Monday, January 28, 2019

(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) introduced AB 286 which will fight the illicit black market of cannabis by encouraging consumers to purchase the product from licensed and regulated businesses. This bill would reduce the price disparity between legal cannabis businesses and black market sources.

AB 286 will reduce existing state taxes on licensed cannabis for three years as California’s emerging cannabis industry gets established.

“The black market continues to undercut businesses that are complying with state regulations and doing things the right way,” said Bonta. “AB 286 will temporarily reduce the tax burden on these licensed operators to keep customers at licensed businesses and help ensure the regulated market survives and thrives. This very strategy has been shown to actually increase overall tax revenue in other states.”


Thursday, January 17, 2019

Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) issued the following statement on the qualification of a referendum to overturn SB 10 (the California Money Bail Reform Act):

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Highlights Funding for Early Childhood Education, Expanded Health Care Access, Free Community College, Among Other Key Investments

SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) issued the following statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed Budget for 2019-2020:

“Governor Newsom’s 2019-2020 budget has unveiled an impressive spending plan that reflects a collaboration with the Legislature and delivers on his pledge to offer bold leadership for all Californians.”

Investing Big in Early Childhood Education

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The San Francisco Chronicle

By Amber Maltbie and Rob Bonta

The November elections delivered a strong message that a new generation of female leaders is ready and motivated to seek elected office. Women will make up 30 percent of the incoming California Legislature. While that’s a significant improvement from the 23 percent representation just a few months ago, and it is mirrored at the city level, where California women hold 31 percent of elected seats, it is still well below gender parity.

In California’s 10 largest cities, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and San Francisco Mayor London Breed are the only female mayors.

There are many ways to help bring about more parity. One solution would allow candidates to use campaign funds for child care.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Bills Would End Incarceration of State Inmates in For-Profit, Private Prisons and Require CalSTRS and CalPERS to Divest Holdings

(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) introduced two important pieces of legislation today shortly after the legislature adjourned session. The first bill, AB 32, would prohibit California’s use of for-profit, private prisons and the second bill, AB 33, would require California’s public retirement funds (CalPERS and CalSTRS) to divest their holdings in for-profit, private prisons.