The Assembly Democrats won $780 million worth of improvements to the Governor's revised budget that will benefit millions of Californians Read More
Statement from Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego)
“The Governor’s signature is the next step for a prudent and progressive budget that will make California a better place to live, work and play. We are sending more money to schools, helping working families by expanding child care and preschool and establishing a state Earned Income Tax Credit, and we improve higher education funding and financial aid. The budget the Governor signed today makes important investments and pays down debt while adding to state reserves. It is not only a reflection of our state’s economic health, but a plan that will continue to help build California’s fiscal fitness.
“While the budget signed today is clearly the best one we’ve had in years, there is more work to do on Medi-Cal, DDS and infrastructure. Today, I will be appointing the members of the Assembly committees for the special sessions that have been called on health care and infrastructure. Those committees will take the lead in resolving the important issues still before us.”
SACRAMENTO – California’s homeless veterans will be better served this year due to almost $53 million in Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program grant awards from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
“As we work to end veterans homelessness it will take a real partnership between the State of California, the federal government, and the non-profit organizations dedicated to serving our veterans,” said Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego). “This funding from the Veterans Administration will help several outstanding organizations in California who are working hard to make sure everyone who put on the uniform has a roof over their head.”
Gonzalez Will Work With Legislators in Other States to Bring Paid Sick Leave to All American Workers
LOS ANGELES – (Wednesday, September 10, 2014) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) joined workers and other state legislators this morning at the Ronald Reagan State Building as Governor Jerry Brown officially signed her legislation to make California the first state to guarantee paid sick leave for all private-sector employees across every industry.
Under Assembly Bill 1522, which will become effective July 1, 2015, workers employed for 90 days will be eligible to use the sick leave they earn. Workers will be able to earn a minimum of one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked and are guaranteed to be able to use at least 3 days’ worth of paid leave to care for themselves or a family member when they fall ill.
“With Governor Brown's signing of AB1522, today we made history in a California. We become the first state in the nation to guarantee paid sick days for every single private sector worker in the state – no matter what industry they work in, no matter if they are part-time or seasonal, and regardless of the size of their employer,” Gonzalez said. “This means more than 6.5 million more workers in this State will be able to take up to 3 days off when they or their child is sick without fearing the loss of income, hours or their job.”
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding the end of the 2013-14 Legislative Session:
“I want to thank the members of the Assembly for their hard work and their commitment to the people they represent. The water bond and a groundwater management plan, a fourth on time budget that ensures stability and expands opportunity, a fix to the longtime underfunding of STRS and a real Rainy Day Fund that will help end the cycles of boom and bust are among the chief successes we can be proud of this year. Add to that passing bills to help our film and aerospace industries compete, to protect consumers in the sharing economy, to make it safer for Californians living in residential care facilities and to remove one-use plastic bags from our environment, and it’s clear we have had an enormously productive year that has the potential to shape California far into the future.”
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins’ bill that would stimulate local economies, redevelop deteriorating structures, and promote affordable housing now awaits the Governor’s go-ahead.
“California is one of the few states to not provide an incentive for the preservation of our historic buildings,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “A state tax credit for this purpose would help stimulate local economies, revitalize downtown areas and communities, promote and increase the supply of affordable housing, encourage property maintenance and rehabilitation, and leverage use of the federal rehabilitation tax credit. AB 1999 helps communities adjust to the phase-out of redevelopment dollars and stimulates public and private investment, all while building civic pride as we celebrate our heritage and preserve California's past.”
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins joined Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. and other legislative leaders to announce a historic deal to extend and improve California’s Film and Television Tax Credit Program, making it the second largest tax credit program in the nation.
“Not only does extending the Film Tax Credit keep cameras rolling in California, it will keep costumers designing, craft services catering, and carpenters hammering,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “It’s just common sense—when California hosts more production, we get more jobs and more revenue—two things our state can always use. I’d like to thank the co-stars of this effort, Assemblymembers Raul Bocanegra and Mike Gatto, President pro Tem-elect Kevin de Leon—and, of course, Governor Brown for ensuring the final scene is a good one.”
(Sacramento) – The California State Assembly marked Women’s Equality Day with a powerful poetry reading from Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego). The lawmakers and visitors sat in awed silence as Assemblymember Weber presented the poetry of Sojourner Truth, Carolyn M. Rodgers, Langston Hughes, Mari Evans and Maya Angelou. She received a standing ovation when she concluded the reading. Women’s Equality Day was established in recognition of the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. Watch Assemblymember Weber’s presentation in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/weber
SACRAMENTO – In this week’s Democratic radio address, Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) discusses the importance of access to healthy, affordable food. Speaker Emeritus Pérez worked for nearly a decade to bring a full-service grocery store to the downtown Los Angeles neighborhood he now represents.
SACRAMENTO – In response to the humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied minors arriving to California from Central America, new legislation would ensure these children are able to receive appropriate legal representation for their immigration hearings.
Responses from Assemblymembers to the new legislation include:
“With these bills we’re making it clear California wants unaccompanied immigrant children treated as children. We want their well-being ensured, their best interests pursued, and their safety protected. While no longer in the headlines, the humanitarian crisis that has brought so many children to our country continues. While the root causes of this crisis are being addressed, these victimized children deserve to be treated with kindness and justice.” – Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego)
The State Legislature has voted to place a new water bond on the November 4, 2014 ballot. The $ 7.5 billion water bond will provide the state with clean, safe, reliable water at an affordable cost.
The bond is a comprehensive plan to fund badly needed improvements to the state's water system. It includes funding for water recycling, infrastructure, surface and groundwater storage, and conservation.
Speaker Toni G. Atkins, District 78
“Immigrants helped build California, immigrants shape the California we know today, and immigrants will help propel California into the future. On behalf of my colleagues in the Assembly, I am proud to support Immigrant Heritage Month to honor the immigrants who are such an important part of our economy and culture.”
Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, District 7
"We owe it to our children and we owe it to the families across California, to ensure that children are ready to start school and be successful. AB 47 will ensure that we keep the promise made to our preschoolers last year and provide each of our low-income children access to quality preschool."
Assemblyman Rich Gordon, District 24
“This Supreme Court decision, which finds that states cannot prohibit same-sex marriage, is historic not only for the LGBT community, but also for all Americans who value fairness and equality. The institution of marriage provides over 1,000 legal and financial privileges. More importantly, it is a powerful symbol of a couple's love and commitment.”
Assemblymember Nora Campos, District 27
"I applaud the Supreme Court for turning back the attempt to undermine the ACA and upholding the tax credits to families who buy health insurance through the federal marketplace. I am confident that the ACA will continue to rein in the cost of health insurance and provide access for all Americans to the security of knowing that a doctor and medical assistance is within reach."
Assemblymember Das Williams, District 37
“I’m most interested in ensuring the UC and CSU systems are funded at a level that expands students’ enrollment; and that community colleges, maintain their increased funding. As a champion for higher education, I know it is imperative that new graduates are as prepared as possible to enter today’s modern, expanding workforce.”
Assemblymember Shirley Weber, District 79
“In addition to increasing funding for K-12 education by $8.2 billion, this budget makes sizeable investments in early education, higher education and student financial aid. Also included is the centerpiece of our efforts to reduce poverty - the Earned Income Tax Credit - that will help improve the financial stability and increase the buying power of 825,000 working families in California.”