(Sacramento) – Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk Silva (D-Orange County) says the Governor and Assembly Democrats are working from the same script. Following Governor Jerry Brown’s annual State of the State address to a joint session of the State Legislature, Assemblywoman Quirk Silva said, “The Governor ended with “This land is our land, made for you and me” and as a former classroom teacher it really means a lot to know that he sees California as a state that’s not only going to lead but lead by example for the rest of the country.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/quirk-silva
(Sacramento) – State Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) says Governor Jerry Brown’s State of the State speech was fantastic and inspirational. Immediately after the Governor delivered his annual Address to a joint session of the State Legislature, Assemblymember Bonta said, “He talked about California’s values and the need to continue to fight in the face of a new presidential administration. He talked about the importance of our immigrants and our health care and the need to continue the fight to save our planet.” Watch this Assembly Access video to hear more of Assemblymember Bonta’s comments. http://www.asmdc.org/Bonta
SACRAMENTO — Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) today announced the members of Assembly committees.
“With 80 members who have different interests and backgrounds and who represent diverse districts, putting together the Assembly Committee membership is an interesting challenge,” Rendon said. “After careful consideration, and receiving input from members, I believe we have strong committees that will do an outstanding job across the board for the people of California.”
Today marks the inauguration of a new president and we, as legislators in California, pause briefly to witness the event. While our goals differ from the incoming administration, we will waste no time in lament because we are intent upon our work for California.
Less than 20 miles from the State Capitol, the American Bald Eagle has been spotted in the wild. Its comeback from endangered status is symbolic, not only of California’s commitment to the environment, but symbolic, too, of our commitment to continue the struggle against injustice. That’s a struggle that began with the founding of the country that eagle represents.
We will continue to honor our commitments to the people of California. The California contract is a promise to ourselves and to one another that we will build a sustainable economy, environment and society that doesn’t just protect the wealthy or the powerful, but instead will benefit every Californian and benefit from every Californian.
To do that, we have to cement the gains we have made and build on their foundation. Our list of gains and goals is long, precisely because it is of, by and for all the people. We will stand by what we have achieved, and we will stand for further progress where it is needed, on every one of these issues:
Safe and efficient transportation to move people and the goods they need.
Affordable housing, available near to where people work.
Fair and adequate funding for quality public education, to allow every child to thrive and contribute to our state.
A vibrant economy providing jobs that are fairly compensated and safe, with the right to organize.
Clean air in every neighborhood, clean water to drink, clean power for our needs, and a clean environment in which to live.
Equal protection at the ballot box, in employment, in access to public facilities, in housing, and in our most personal relationships and identities.
A system of justice that protects the public in all communities, without abuses to any.
Welcoming all Californians, whether they are born here or have come as refugees and immigrants.
Healthful food and quality health care – including reproductive health care – that is affordable and accessible to all.
Protection of retirement security.
Freedom of information.
We join together on these issues today, knowing that we have much to achieve, but knowing that our chances of success are bolstered by the scope of what we are working for. Each piece is essential to a complete California dream. Our unity becomes our strength when each individual and each group commits to supporting these goals.
Our commitment to this social contract is what makes our state a leader. California is more than a great place to live; it is a great source of innovation and an unrivaled economic engine. And so, for the next four years and beyond, we will work to be a light to the nation.
Members of the Legislature, Creator of “Girls” Lena Dunham, speak out against House Speaker Paul Ryan’s plan to defund Planned Parenthood.
(Sacramento) - Members of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus, Speaker of the California State Assembly Anthony Rendon, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin De León, dozens of other lawmakers and the creator and star of the HBO program “Girls” Lena Dunham rallied today at the State Capitol to support the quality preventive and reproductive care that Planned Parenthood provides to both men and women.
Capitol Pink Out Day 2017 supports access to quality healthcare, but it’s about so much more. It’s about women, from all walks of life, having control over their healthcare choices and their bodies, and having those very personal choices respected. The reality is this: Men don’t have to worry about the government coming between the health decisions they make with their doctor.
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) released the following statement after the Assembly voted 56-23 to confirm the nomination of Rep. Xavier Becerra as Attorney General of California:
“Throughout the confirmation process and his career in public service, Xavier Becerra has proven he will stand up for California’s progressive policies and uphold our laws on criminal justice, immigration, the environment, and consumer protection. He will be an Attorney General for all Californians – for our values, our priorities, and our constitutional rights.
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Doctor Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) and the State Assembly have voted to confirm Governor Jerry Brown’s appointment of Xavier Becerra to the office of State Attorney General. “I see in him a man who understands the complexities of life,” Doctor Weber said in her remarks prior to the Assembly’s vote. “He’s been through the challenges. He’s been through the war. He’s been through the battles. And he understands what is fundamental – that there are some rights that are important for every Californian.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/weber
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) and the State Assembly voted to confirm Governor Jerry Brown’s appointment of Xavier Becerra to be the next State Attorney General. Prior to the vote Assemblymember Stone said, a special committee – which he co-chaired – quizzed Congressman Becerra about a wide range of issues and topics, “We found an individual who knows California very, very well. Who knows California’s issues very, very well. Mr. Becerra reflects, very significantly, the views of this house.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/stone
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) and the State Assembly confirmed Governor Jerry Brown’s Attorney General nominee Xavier Becerra. “I rise on behalf of the eight members of our LGBT Legislative Caucus,” Assemblymember Low said prior to the Assembly floor vote. “I just wanted to make the point that over 20 years ago Congressman Becerra voted against the Defense of Marriage Act, in a time in which it was not very popular to support members of the LGBT community. I rise in support of this appointment.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/low
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Blanca E. Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) joined the majority of the State Assembly and spoke on behalf of the Legislative Women’s Caucus in endorsing Governor Jerry Brown’s Attorney General nominee, current Congressman Xavier Becerra.
“Congressman Becerra, a California native with California values, is beyond qualified to lead California’s Department of Justice into the future. With outstanding educational achievements and extensive accolades, Congressman Becerra brings his experience as a Deputy Attorney General, more than 30 years of legal expertise and his renowned leadership ability back to California,” said Assemblymember Rubio, while addressing her colleagues before the floor vote. See more in this Assembly Access video.
“This bill brings California’s election recount process into the 21st century. Elections are a fundamental democratic principle and we must make every effort to ensure their integrity. I believe AB 44, will do just that.”
As Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, I know the importance of college affordability and safety. We must ensure students are provided with safe learning environments. In addition, students need transparency in higher education costs in order to make informed financial decisions for college."
"We know that students in foster care are more likely to achieve their full potential when they are provided services designed to meet their particular needs. It's imperative that foster youth get the support and resources they need to succeed academically."