(Sacramento) - Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount), Budget Committee Chair Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) and the Chairs of the five budget subcommittee met with the media today to discuss the Assembly budget plan developed through dozens of hearings over the past five months.
The budget sub-committee chairs are: Budget Sub-Committee #1 on Health and Human Services Chair Tony Thurmond; Budget Sub-Committee #2 on Education Finance Chair Kevin McCarty; Budget Sub-Committee #3 on Natural Resources and Transportation Chair Richard Bloom; Budget Sub-Committee #4 on State Administration Chair Adrin Nazarian; and Budget Sub-Committee #5 on Public Safety Chair Nora Campos
(Sacramento) – Slavery still exists in modern-day America. In fact, you may see the victims of this crime without even realizing it. In this public service announcement, California State Assemblymember Bill Dodd (D-Napa) talks about the issue of human trafficking and urges you to go to his website to learn how you can more easily spot it and report it. Watch this Assembly Access Video to learn more.
Local Emergency Room Physician to Focus on Healthcare, Water, Jobs
(SACRAMENTO)—Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno) took the oath of office to serve as the Assemblymember of the 31st District today in a brief ceremony on the Floor of the California Assembly.
“It is an honor to represent the Central Valley,” said Dr. Arambula. “I intend to be a true public servant, and listen more than talk. Most importantly, every decision I make will be in light of the needs of the constituents I am so proud to represent.”
“Dr. Arambula has dedicated his life to serving his community – first as an emergency room physician, and now as a member of the Assembly,” said Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount). “Representing a district that shares many of the challenges Dr. Arambula’s constituents face, I know he will be an effective and dedicated advocate for the people of the Valley.”
(Sacramento) – Joined by a diverse coalition of families and advocates, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 908, a measure authored by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles), into law today. Under AB 908, California will lead the nation once again by significantly expanding its Paid Family Leave program (PFL) by increasing wage replacement payments from 55% to 60% - 70%, depending on income level.
“Today marks a significant victory for all Californians,” said Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez. “Paid Family Leave is a lifeline for countless families in our state. However, workers already living paycheck to paycheck on 100 percent of their salary simply could not afford to use a program for 6 weeks at nearly half of their wages. That’s why I authored AB 908, to fix this inequity and ensure all who pay into this vital program can afford to use it, regardless of their income.”
(Los Angeles) — California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount), Senate President pro Tempore Kevin DeLeon, fellow legislators, and triumphant workers and labor leaders from across California joined Governor Jerry Brown for the signing of Senate Bill 3, legislation that will increase the state minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022 — the highest in the nation. “It’s a strong statement that in California we believe in keeping our word and honoring our social contract – if you work full time, your family shouldn’t have to live in poverty,” Speaker Rendon said of this historic legislation, which brought a victory in the “Fight for $15” to America’s most populous state. When fully enacted, 86% of Californians will live in counties where the minimum wage places a family of three at or above the Supplemental Poverty Measure. See Speaker Rendon’s full remarks in this Assembly Access video.
LOS ANGELES—Governor Jerry Brown today signed Senate Bill 3, legislation that will increase the state minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022. Below are Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon’s (D-Paramount) remarks as prepared for delivery:
I want to thank the Governor, Senator de León, and labor for coming together and finding a solution that, at its heart, shows California at its best – smart, compassionate and bold.
Speaker Rendon Leads Historic Minimum Wage Legislation in California
(Sacramento) – The California State Assembly passes Senate Bill 3, historic legislation that would gradually raise the state minimum wage to $15 an hour by the year 2022. Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) spearheaded the effort with his legislative colleagues, which would make California’s minimum wage the highest in the nation “We know that some who work full-time cannot put a roof over their heads or a meal on the table,” said Speaker Rendon. “Today, the California Legislature sent the strong message that if you work full time, your family shouldn’t have to live in poverty. Eight of the nine cities I represent have more than 20% of their residents living in poverty. This bill will change that reality for tens of thousands of families.”
Watch this Assembly Access Video to hear more of Speaker Rendon’s comments on the Assembly Floor regarding SB 3. http://www.asmdc.org/speaker
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) released the following statement regarding the minimum wage deal:
"Raising the minimum wage to $15 is a hugely important issue for Assembly Democrats. As Speaker, I want to make sure everyone in our caucus has a chance to weigh in on the proposed agreement.
"For my part, I see a lot of good in the deal. It brings families out of poverty, helps minimum wage workers spend more in their local economies, and it's sensitive to the needs of business and the state budget.
"If we can come together behind this compromise, it will address the need to move to a $15 minimum wage while eliminating the chance that costly or competing campaigns could mean that no increase initiative passes."
(Sacramento) – Today, three California legislators introduced legislation that would establish a health impact fee on sugar sweetened beverages in an effort to fund obesity, diabetes prevention and dental programs. The measure, AB 2782, authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), and coauthored by Assemblymembers David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg), and sponsored by numerous leading health advocacy organizations throughout the state, would generate an estimated $2.3 billion a year to prevent and treat obesity, diabetes, heart and dental disease that is ravaging the Golden State and the rest of the country.
“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."