Press Releases

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) issued the following statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed Budget for 2018-19:

“Governor Brown’s 2018-2019 budget proposal is what we have come to expect from his steady hand: A balanced spending plan that keeps our state on safe and secure ground while wisely investing in our future. 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Bonta Bill Streamlines Removal of Cannabis Convictions from Californians’ Records(SACRAMENTO) - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) has introduced AB 1793 which creates a simpler and expedited pathway for Californians to turn the page and make a fresh start by having certain criminal convictions for cannabis-related offenses removed or reduced fr

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.