(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton), a member of the Assembly Special Committee on the Office of the Attorney General, voted to recommend that the full Assembly confirm Congressman Xavier Becerra as Attorney General of California. “California has long been the place that LGBT people have seen as the Golden State,” said Assemblymember Eggman. “Many Californians in the LGBT communities are very nervous right now. The incoming potential federal Attorney General has made very clear his positions on these issues.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/eggman
Sacramento, CA—Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) today was joined by Assemblymembers Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Anna Caballero (D-Salinas), Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), and Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) to announce four bills to address California’s affordable housing crisis. These bills will fund production of housing for low-income families, incentivize local governments to complete upfront planning and environmental review and approve housing permits to increase housing supply, fund the enforcement of existing state housing law by the Attorney General, and provide rental assistance to homeless Medi-Cal recipients. The authors of the individual bills are listed below.
“Every Californian deserves a safe, affordable home. The affordable housing crisis threatens our state’s economic prosperity and climate goals and deepens inequality,” said Assemblymember David Chiu, Chair of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee. “There is no single solution to resolve the crisis. My colleagues and I have put forward solutions to increase funding, incentivize and streamline housing creation, and to enforce existing housing law where creation is not occurring.”
SACRAMENTO — As part of the confirmation process for Attorney General-designate Xavier Becerra, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) today announced he has appointed a Special committee on the Office of the Attorney General.
Members of the Assembly’s Special Committee on the Office of the Attorney General are:
Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles) Co-chair
Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) Co-chair
Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco)
Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham (R-Templeton)
Assemblymember Susan Eggman (D-Stockton)
Assemblymember James Gallagher (R-Yuba City)
Assemblymember Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale)
Assemblymember Eloise Reyes (D-San Bernardino)
Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego)
(Sacramento) - Shortly after being re-elected as leader of the Assembly, Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) struck a defiant tone calling for the protection of Californians against the incoming presidential administration. In remarks to the full Assembly Speaker Rendon said, “Californians may accept the lawfulness of the November election, but millions of us do not accept the sentiment delivered by this election. It is up to us to pass policies that would firewall Californians – and what we believe – from the cynical, short sighted, and reactionary agenda that is rising in the wake of the election.” Rendon also outlined key areas of focus for the Assembly in the upcoming legislative session – noting unfinished business related to housing and transportation infrastructure. Here’s more from the Speaker in this Assembly Access video.
SACRAMENTO — At their organizational caucus today, Assembly Democrats chose Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) to continue as their party’s leader by acclamation.
“It is a great honor to have my colleagues in the Democratic Caucus, both old and new, put their faith in me to continue serving as Speaker,” Speaker Rendon said. “Last session, the Assembly helped drive major successes including raising the minimum wage, fighting climate change, regulating guns and tobacco, and passing a budget that makes important investments in education while protecting the state’s fiscal stability. Even though we face great uncertainties at the national level, I’m looking forward to another strong year in the California Legislature.”
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) released the following statement regarding the passing of Senator Sharon Runner:
“Throughout her service in the Assembly and State Senate, Sharon Runner worked tirelessly on behalf of her constituents and all of California's children. Senator Runner also showed great leadership in the cause of increasing organ donation, and it would be a great tribute to her memory for more Californians to sign up to be part of this vital program. On behalf of my colleagues in the Assembly we join Senator Runner’s family and her countless friends in mourning her passing. ”
Governor Jerry Brown acted on a number of gun safety bills passed by the Assembly that could mitigate some of the violence associated with firearms.
Most importantly, Governor Brown signed:
Assembly Bill (AB) 1135 and Senate Bills (SB) 880 and 1446
Gun manufacturers created an end run around California’s assault weapon ban with “bullet buttons” that allow mass shooters, like the ones in San Bernardino, to swap out their gun magazines within seconds. Thanks to legislative action, the “bullet button” loophole is closed. Further, no Californian may possess a magazine that holds more than 10 bullets.
SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) today released the following statements on the Legislature’s passage of the nation’s strongest gun-violence prevention measures.
“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."