Press Releases

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Assemblymember Rob Bonta issued the following statement on the murder of Nia Wilson at an Oakland BART station on Sunday, July 22, 2018:

My heart grieves over the brutal and vicious murder of Nia Wilson and the attack on her sister at the MacArthur BART station.  I am thankful that the suspect has been apprehended.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

SACRAMENTO--State lawmakers gathered in Sacramento today to announce that lead paint manufacturers have removed the “Healthy Homes and Schools Act” from the November ballot.

As a result of today’s announcement, all stakeholders have agreed to work collaboratively to resolve the issues related to lead paint in older homes around the state.  Also, the three Assembly authors of pending bills in this area will be holding their bills for this legislative session - Assembly Bill 2073 (Chiu), Assembly Bill 2803 (Limon) and Assembly Bill 2136 (Bonta).

“Lead in paint has had extremely harmful impacts to generations of children and families, particularly in low-income communities and communities of color,” said Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco). “Today’s announcement that the ballot measure has been pulled is a very welcome one, since we will now have time to engage in a more deliberative process to address the significant problems related to lead paint in older homes in California. We need to ensure that future generations will be protected, and I look forward to those discussions.”

“The discussion on the lead paint ballot initiative has been a priority this legislative year,” Monique Limon (D-Santa Barbara). “After months of conversation, I am proud to stand with my colleagues as we announce the withdrawal of a paint company-funded ballot initiative, which would have devastated 18 years’ worth of work and litigation, and shifted the responsibility to clean up toxic lead paint, from paint companies to the taxpayers. This outcome ensures California taxpayers will not be held responsible for paying $3.9 billion dollars in cleanup costs. This is a huge victory, and one that will greatly benefit California families. There is still much to do and I stand ready to continue working on this important issue.” 

“This is a victory for all Californians. We pushed back against the lead paint industry and won,” said Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland). “Their effort to trick voters into paying for the harm they caused had to be stopped. Taxpayers won’t foot the bill for these corporations that knowingly sold poisonous lead paint to California families. We will hold these companies responsible for the generations of Californians they poisoned with their toxic paint.”

“While this agreement will protect taxpayers and voters from having to bear the multi-billion dollar burden created by lead paint, let’s not forget that the real issue here is getting lead paint out of homes,” said Assemblymember Tim Grayson (D-Concord).

“On behalf of the Pro Tem and the Senate, we are encouraged by the progress of our negotiations,” said Senator Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys). “I have confidence that, moving forward, we have an opportunity to do right by the people of California and by my Assembly colleagues who have devoted their time and energy to this cause.”

“The offer by the paint companies to remove their initiative from the ballot is a positive development in acknowledging their responsibility and righting a wrong that has taken far too long to resolve,” said Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo (D-Los Angeles). “This will move our state forward in correcting the environmental and personal harm that lead paint has caused. We still have further inequity issues to address but this is a step in the right direction.” said 

“Homeowners won’t be threatened by the possible passage of  a misleading initiative that would leave California taxpayers responsible for cleaning up toxic lead left by paint companies,” said Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay). “Local jurisdictions can now pursue remedies through the court process to ensure our communities have the resources and tools necessary to remediate these harmful, long lasting materials.” 

“Today, one of the most misguided proposals I have ever seen has been pulled from the 2018 ballot,” said Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward). “This victory is a testament to the hard work and determination my colleagues and I had in making sure the paint industry did not circumvent their responsibility and culpability in knowingly selling lead paint to California consumers. Ultimately, I appreciate industry working with us to avoid a confusing and complicated battle in the fall. I look forward to working collaboratively with the paint industry to resolve the many issues my colleagues and I have identified with respect to lead in homes.”

Thursday, June 28, 2018

I am pained, saddened and disgusted. With today’s vote, we are forced to choose between the lesser of two evils.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

AB 734 Creates Pathway for New Ballpark Which Will Create High-Wage Jobs and Adjacent Affordable Housing

SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D- Oakland) praised today’s vote in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee which would allow the Oakland Athletics to build a privately financed ballpark which will meet high environmental building standards to replace the current Oakland Coliseum.

Friday, May 25, 2018

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Appropriations Committee today passed key legislation by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D- Oakland) including AB 1793 and AB 1871.

Monday, May 14, 2018

SACRAMENTO - Assemblymembers Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) and Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) issued the following statement on the Governor’s Revised Budget and Legislative Analyst’s Office release of cannabis-related tax revenue:

“In January, state excise tax and cultivation tax revenues were projected to be $175 million for the first two quarters of the year. The actual amount collected in the first quarter of 2018 was only $34 million. If the current trend holds, the state will be over $100 million short of the projection.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

AB 3 Would Mirror Existing Laws for Purchasing Handguns

SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D- Oakland) announced legislation Thursday to raise the age to purchase long guns such as rifles and shotguns from 18 to 21.

 “California already wisely mandates that someone be at least 21 years of age to purchase a handgun,” said Assemblymember Bonta. “It’s time to extend that common-sense law to long guns in order to enhance public safety.”