(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.
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) issued the following statement after Governor Jerry Brown signed the 2016-17 state budget:
“The budget the Governor just signed reflects the Assembly’s top priorities, including lifting families out of poverty, increasing access to early childhood education, and making college more accessible for California students. This balanced, on-time budget – which also responsibly grows the state’s rainy day fund – is the result of hundreds of hours of public hearings. That shows the budget process is working and our final product means California is in stronger fiscal shape than we have been for years.”
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) was joined by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount), Assemblymembers Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-South Los Angeles), Mike Gipson (D-Carson), and David Chiu (D-San Francisco), and more than a hundred gun safety advocates from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Everytown for Gun Safety for a rally on the steps of the State Capitol in support of common sense gun legislation. Much of the rally focused on Assemblymember Santiago’s Assembly Bill 1511, which would help keep guns out of dangerous hands by closing a loophole in California’s background check law. “We’ve got a serious loophole to the background check,” said Assemblymember Santiago. “To think that I can loan a gun to anybody that I want without having a background check, without knowing anything about them…this is crazy.” Here’s more from the rally in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) – An effort to protect the names of historic parks in California, spearheaded by Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova), Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) and Assemblyman Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals), is moving smoothly through the State Legislature. Now the trio of lawmakers is pushing other states to follow California’s lead. Assemblymen Cooley, Gray and Bigelow introduced Assembly Bill 2249, the California Heritage Protection Act, to ensure park concessionaires in California’s state parks cannot trademark historic place names simply due to their status as a concessionaire. The authors are now urging their colleagues in the other 49 state legislatures to take similar action. “We in California were blindsided by this trademarking practice, and that could easily happen in another state,” said Assemblyman Cooley. “We want legislators around the Country to be aware of what happened here and show them what we’ve done to combat it.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) – “The message we’re sending is real simple…historic places’ names are not for sale here in California,” Assemblyman Adam Gray said on the steps of the State Capitol. “These places and these names have a special significance to many families throughout the country.” Assemblyman Gray (D-Merced), with Assemblymen Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) and Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals), were on the capitol steps talking about Assembly Bill 2249, the California Heritage Protection Act, which seeks to ensure park concessionaires in California’s state parks cannot trademark historic place names simply due to their status as a concessionaire. The trio of lawmakers are urging other states to take similar action. Here’s 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."