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SACRAMENTO – The Legislative Women's Caucus will honor ten remarkable California women who have broken barriers in their respective fields at a floor ceremony in the Assembly Chambers at 12:00 noon on Monday, March 4.
Geena Davis, Chair of the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, will be the keynote speaker during the ceremony, which will include special presentations to the honorees.
"These amazing women have been pioneers in science, civil rights, the arts, education, our armed forces, our courts, and our government," said Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), Chair of the Legislative Women's Caucus. "In each of our honorees, we see the best of the California spirit."
The names of the 10 honorees will be unveiled at the ceremony on Monday.
Breaking the Glass Ceiling Awards Ceremony
California Legislative Women's Caucus
Geena Davis, Chair, California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls
SACRAMENTO – In this Democratic weekly radio address, Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) discusses AB 1X-1, which will expand Medi-Cal coverage to over 1 million low-income and uninsured Californians through the Affordable Care Act. The Assembly Committee on Health passed the bill on Tuesday, sending it to the next step, the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Speaker Pérez notes AB 1X-1 will help bring billions of federal dollars into California, which will bolster our state's health care industry and overall economy.
SACRAMENTO – En el mensaje demócrata semanal, el presidente de la Asamblea John A. Pérez (D- Los Angeles), comenta sobre el proyecto de ley AB 1X-1, el cual ampliara la cobertura de Medi-Cal a más de 1 millón de personas sin seguro médico y de bajos ingresos por medio del Acta de Salud Asequible. El Comité de Salud de la Asamblea aprobó la medida el martes, enviándolo a su Segundo paso, el Comité de Asignaciones de la Asamblea. El presidente Pérez destaco que AB 1X-1 reportará miles de millones de dólares para California, lo cual fortalecerá nuestra industria del cuidado de salud y nuestra economía en general.
El discurso radial en archivo de MP3 puede ser localizado en el sitio de Internet. Tiempo de duración es: 2:59 mp3
"A principios de la semana el presidente de la Asamblea John A. Pérez presentó su legislación AB1x1 para ampliar el MediCal, ante el Comité de Salud de la Asamblea. A continuación su presentación ante el comité."
Presidente de la Asamblea John A Pérez:
"Estimado presidente y asambleístas,
El proyecto de ley AB 1X-1 implementa clausulas especificas a la Reforma de Salud Federal la cual proporciona cobertura de salud a las personas de bajos ingresos por medio del programa federal de Medicaid.
California es el líder a nivel nacional al tomar los pasos necesarios para implementar la reforma federal de salud que permite a los californianos tener acceso a un cuidado de salud asequible y de calidad.
Este proyecto de ley permite que California pueda participar enteramente en sociedad con el gobierno federal para expandir la cobertura de salud a las personas sin seguro médico, de bajos ingresos, siendo este uno de los pilares de la reforma de salud.
Específicamente, esta ley expandirá la cobertura de Medi-Cal a más de un millón de personas adultas sin niños hasta el 138 por ciento por sobre el nivel federal de pobreza.
Esta ley además expandirá la cobertura a los jóvenes adultos que provienen de hogares de crianza hasta los 26 años de edad.
AB 1X-1 asignará un paquete de beneficios similar al de todos los beneficiarios de Medi-Cal y cumple con todos los requisitos federales de incluir todos los beneficios de salud esenciales.
El proyecto de ley también agiliza y simplifica el proceso de inscripción, consistente con las nuevas reglas federales que apuntan a que toda persona elegible tenga acceso a la cobertura de salud.
Al expandir la cobertura de salud a los adultos sin seguro médico, este proyecto de ley ayudaría a los californianos a contar con un cuidado de salud pertinente, el cual permitirá tener una fuerza laboral más saludable.
AB 1X-1 reportará miles de millones de dólares federales para California, lo cual fortalecerá nuestra industria del cuidado de salud y nuestra economía en general.
Hemos logrado un tremendo progreso en implementar las reformas a nuestro sistema de salud y AB 1X-1 es otro paso crucial para conciliar las metas de la reforma federal de salud.
SACRAMENTO – Today Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) testified to the Assembly Health Committee on behalf of his bill, AB 1X-1, which expands the Medi-Cal program and will cover over 1 million low-income and uninsured Californians. The federal government will fund the health coverage expansion provided in the bill for the first three years and will continue to cover eventually 90 percent of the cost.
Below are the comments Speaker Pérez gave to the Assembly Health Committee hearing today regarding AB 1X-1:
“Chair and Members,
AB 1X-1 implements key provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act that provide health coverage for low-income individuals through the federal Medicaid program.
California has been a leader in the nation in taking steps to implement federal health care reform to ensure that Californians have access to affordable, quality health care.
This bill ensures that California can fully participate in the federal partnership to expand health coverage to uninsured, low-income individuals, one of the pillars of health care reform.
Specifically, this bill would expand Medi-Cal coverage to over one million uninsured, childless adults, up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.
This bill would expand coverage for former foster youth, up to age 26.
AB 1X-1 would designate a benefits package that is the same for all Medi-Cal beneficiaries and meets the federal requirements to include all ‘essential health benefits.’
The bill also streamlines and simplifies the enrollment processes, consistent with new federal rules that aim to ensure that all eligible people have access to health coverage.
By expanding health coverage to uninsured adults, this bill helps Californians have access to health care, which will help ensure a more healthy workforce.
AB 1X-1 helps bring billions of federal dollars into California, which will bolster our health care industry and overall economy.
We have made tremendous progress in implementing reforms to our healthcare system and AB 1X-1 is another crucial step towards meeting the goals of federal health care reform.”
Mullin's 1st Bill is a Continuation of His Father's Efforts to Expand Voting Access
SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Kevin Mullin has introduced ACA 7, a California Constitutional amendment to allow 17-year-olds to vote in primaries if they will be 18 by the next general election. The bill is identical to legislation introduced by his father, Assemblymember Gene Mullin, that wasn't able to meet the 2/3rds voting requirement on the floor of the Assembly.
"The goal of this legislation is to increase voter participation," Said Assemblymember Kevin Mullin. "Most young people's first contact with politics is in their mandatory high school civics class; this is the perfect time to get them engaged and give them some ownership in the process by getting them to vote in primaries."
This amendment would bring California up to date with 20 other states that already allow 17-year-olds to either vote in their respective caucuses or primaries. This practice resulted in a higher voter turnout among the 18-24 year-olds demographic in those states.
"This policy will increase youth engagement in the political process by creating an ethos of participation from a younger age," said Rob Richie, Executive Director of FairVote. "Once a person votes, that person is likely to vote again."
Here are the links to audio from Assemblymember Mullin:
Assemblymember Mullin introduced legislation, ACA7, that would allow 17 years old to register to vote. (2:07) mp3
Assemblymember Mullin said that, regardless of political persuasion, members of both parties would like to see young people engage in the electoral process. (:58) mp3
Assemblymember Mullin said that one of the things his father did as a teacher was take students out of the classroom and attend city council meetings so they can learn and get involved in the process. (1:30) mp3
Assemblymember Mullin said that this legislation will give these young voters a say in who these candidates will be in the general election (:24) mp3
SACRAMENTO –The California State Assembly today approved AJR 8 by Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), urging Congress to pass the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. The VAWR gives necessary financial resources to programs designed to protect women and families from domestic violence.
Below is the transcript of remarks given by Speaker John A. Pérez on the Floor of the California State Assembly today:
“Members, I rise in support of AJR 8 and I would like to thank Assemblymember Lowenthal for her leadership as Chair of the Women’s Caucus on the very important issue of combatting domestic violence.
AJR 8 urges Congress to renew the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which was first passed in 1994 and championed by then-Senator Joe Biden.
VAWA has been reauthorized twice since then in 2000 and 2005 with strong bipartisan support.
This measure speaks to our understanding of justice. One of our most important constitutional principles is that every person in our country must be protected fully and equally under the law.
And for nearly two decades, the Violence Against Women Act has ensured that law enforcement has the tools to prevent abuse against women and bring abusers to justice.
The law also ensures that women who are in abusive environments have the resources and programs they need to escape the cycle of abuse and rebuild their lives in safety and security.
Millions of women, families, and children throughout our country have been helped by this law.
Lives have been saved, families have been strengthened, and children have been protected because this law speaks to our understanding that with the right tools and support, individuals who have been victims of abuse can restore their lives, their health, and their families.
This is a law that is firmly rooted in our sense of justice. It is a law that reminds us of our duty to pass just laws for all the people, no matter your race, sexual orientation, or citizenship status, words we see emblazoned above us in this very chamber.
With so many reminders in the United States and around the world that, even today, so many women are victims of abuse and violence, reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act is a crucial statement of justice and AJR 8 strongly encourages Congress to act to reauthorize this very important piece of legislation.”
Speaker Pérez, Bipartisan Group of Legislators Support Comprehensive Immigration Reform
(Sacramento) – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas), as well as other distinguished guests, held a media availability today (Thursday) to support comprehensive immigration reform efforts at the federal level. Assemblymember Alejo highlighted his Assembly Joint Resolution 3 (AJR 3), introduced on December 3, 2012, urging the President of the United States and members of Congress to take a comprehensive and workable approach to improving the nation's immigration system using a specified set of principles.
Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) delivered the following remarks supporting AJR3 in the press conference about immigration reform:
"Good morning. I'm pleased to join my colleagues for today's event to discuss the crucial need for comprehensive immigration reform.
I would like to thank Mr. Alejo for bringing forward AJR 3, which urges Congress to address one of the most important issues facing the state of California.
We have seen much movement on this issue this week, beginning with a thoughtful and bipartisan plan put forward by members of the United States Senate, as well as the President's powerful remarks two days ago on the issue of immigration.
This is certainly a complicated issue, touching as it does on policy areas ranging from public health and public safety, to broader questions about what it means to be an American.
We know that our system is broken. Across the world, there are folks waiting in line to come to America who will bring vital skills to our workforce and economy—but who will also bring their hopes for a better future for themselves and their families.
Those dreams are shared by millions of undocumented immigrants already living in the United States, and performing work that is vital to our economy. Yet they must live their lives under the constant threat of deportation.
We strongly urge Congress to act and pass immigration reform that reforms the visa system, keeps families intact, cracks down on the worst violators of immigration and labor laws, and respects our traditions and values as a society.
This is one of the most important public policy challenges of our times, and we must act this year.
And I am confident that with the President's leadership, we can pass thoughtful and comprehensive immigration reform."
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) announced legislation to build on California’s progress in implementing the Affordable Care Act by expanding Medi-Cal eligibility for Californians. The measure, which will be introduced in the Special Session on Healthcare announced by Governor Brown in his State of the State address, will further cement California as the national leader in healthcare reform.
“California is the national leader on implementing Healthcare Reform, and I am pleased to be authoring this critical measure which will ensure more Californians have access to quality, affordable healthcare,” said Speaker Pérez. “By expanding Medi-Cal eligibility, we will ensure more than one million low-income Californians have quality healthcare, which will make significant federal funds available to California to help strengthen our overall economic recovery.”
In addition to expanding eligibility, AB1X1 will also streamline the eligibility and enrollment rules for Medi-Cal, creating new efficiencies and speeding the time by which applicants can receive coverage. In addition to AB1X1, Speaker Pérez authored legislation creating California’s first-in-the-nation Health Benefits Exchange, another key provision of the Affordable Care Act.
“Ensuring access to quality and affordable care is a critical priority for Californians, and I am proud of California’s national leadership in implementing these groundbreaking measures,” added the Speaker.
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement on the announcement that Mark Yudof, President of the University of California, will be stepping down in August. Speaker Pérez has worked with Mr. Yudof in his capacity as an ex officio regent of the University of California:
“Throughout his service as President of the University of California, Mr. Yudof has been an exceptional leader, particularly during a difficult period in the history of the UC. I have always been appreciative of the thoughtful and engaging way he has worked with students, staff, the Legislature and the Regents of the University to ensure that the UC remains the premier system of higher education in the world, even despite historic budget challenges. He has been a leader of conviction and vision, and I am very grateful for his service to the UC and the people of California, and I look forward to continue working with him in his future endeavors.”
SACRAMENTO – Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and the California State Assembly today honored the anniversary of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who is commemorated with a national holiday on Monday for his lifelong fight for equality and Civil Rights in America.
“He was fighting for justice for every American--justice in the political arena, in the economic arena certainly, and certainly justice that flows from the Constitution, justice that is the birthright of every American,” said Speaker Pérez. “His final days were spent marching with striking sanitation workers in Memphis. His last efforts were devoted to ensuring that those workers receive fair pay for their labors, and equal treatment in their workplace. That is a profound issue of justice…that every person, regardless of their background, should have the same opportunity to succeed in life.”
Below is the transcript of remarks given by Speaker John A. Pérez on the Floor of the California State Assembly today:
“Members, I, too, rise in support of this resolution, and I want to thank the author for bringing it forward.
And I want to thank the membership—those who spoke and those who didn’t—for engaging in this important discussion.
Each year, as we commemorate the anniversary of Dr. King’s birth, we reflect on his life and legacy.
Of the hopeful nature of the movement he gave voice and inspiration to…of the faith of so many millions of Americans of every background, and from all walks of life, that our country can continue to make progress and live up to that first charge of our Constitution to build a more perfect union.
Today’s ceremony offers us a chance to reflect, not only on the life of Dr. King, but the lessons of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950’s and 60s.
That hope is more powerful than fear. That peace is more powerful than anger. That the noble ideals enshrined in the Constitution are given life and expression by our actions.
It was the hopeful and peaceful nature of the Civil Rights Movement that brought together the critical mass of Americans who insisted on change. In Dr. King’s words, he recognized that ‘injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, bound together in a single garment of destiny.’
And it was that spirit, that philosophy, that made the Civil Rights Movement such a powerful and effective movement that rekindled in millions of Americans the sense of justice and equality that flows through our Constitution.
It’s a credit to his life that we look back on the Civil Rights Movement as an inevitable reaction to the conditions facing black Americans, not just in the south, but across this country.
And yet, when Dr. King rose on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to speak to the dream we share for our country, he knew full well that success was not assured. That there were Bull Connors all over the country were still willing, and even eager, to unleash the police dogs and the fire hoses on peaceful protestors.
But throughout the persecution of Civil Rights Activists, the bombings of churches, Governors standing in schoolhouse doors and White Citizens Councils sanctioning violence, Dr. King never lost sight of the fact that he was part of a movement rooted in justice.
And that is why his message is still so resonant today. He wasn’t just fighting for political rights or property rights.
He was fighting for justice for every American--justice in the political arena, in the economic arena certainly, and certainly justice that flows from the Constitution, justice that is the birthright of every American.
His final days were spent marching with striking sanitation workers in Memphis. His last efforts were devoted to ensuring that those workers receive fair pay for their labors, and equal treatment in their workplace.
That is a profound issue of justice…that every person, regardless of their background, should have the same opportunity to succeed in life.
And that is work that must continue to this day. Dr. King himself recognized that the work of his life would continue well after his life ended… and that, in his words, “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step towards the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”
And as we commemorate his life and legacy, we must remember that the bullet that ended his life did not silence his voice, but rather it imparted in each of us an obligation to not only remember his legacy and what he fought for, but to actively take up the charge ourselves.
Inevitably, when we talk about Dr. King, we not only speak to his words, but of his faith; and the role that his faith and religion took in the expression of all of his actions. In many parts of our Christian communities, we talk about being moved by the Holy Spirit. In the Jewish tradition, there is this notion of Kavanah. That you cannot just recite the words, but rather that it must imbue your actions. That is the lesson for each of us.
That every American must fight for justice. That forming a more perfect union is incumbent upon each of us. And that is legacy that we must keep alive.”
Speaker Toni Atkins, District 78
“Small businesses are so important to California’s economy that we need to be creative in helping these job-creators start and succeed.”
Assemblymember Rob Bonta, District 18
“California must lead the way in understanding and improving opportunities for boys and young men of color. The success of our state and nation is inextricably tied to the success of this growing population.”
Assemblymember Richard Gordon, District 24
“The Affordable Care Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of health status. However, many patient groups see their medications which treat their specific condition on the highest-cost tier. These discriminatory benefit designs cannot remain.”
Assemblymember Roger Hernández, District 48
“District-based elections benefit voters by ensuring that every community is represented on their city council. This in turn, makes an equitable distribution of resources more likely. Every voter will know which council member they can petition and hold accountable.”
Assemblymember Jose Medina, District 61
“There are stark disparities in the funding at the most diverse UC campuses; with the highest minority enrollment campuses receiving the least amount of funding. UC Riverside is recognized as serving the most minority students, along with UC Merced, UC Santa Barbara and UC Santa Cruz. It is important to find a fairer way to distribute funding within the UC system.”
Assemblymember Shirley Weber, District 79
“This abusive practice of last-minute scheduling hobbles workers who are taking the initiative to support themselves, and requires taxpayer subsidy in the form of greater need for public assistance for those who cannot. These workers need scheduling far enough in advance to work those other jobs, to arrange childcare and transportation, and to pursue education and training.”