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SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Bonilla’s bill, ABx2-18, the Cocktails for Healthy Outcomes Act, which helps restore critical funding for developmental disability services (DDS) in California, was approved this afternoon by the Second Extraordinary Session Committee on Public Health and Developmental Services. ABx2-18 creates a five cent charge per cocktail at any restaurant or bar beginning January 1, 2017.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Bonilla's AB 990, which increases campaign transparency and voter access to information, was approved by the Senate this afternoon with strong bipartisan support. This bill, sponsored by the Contra Costa County Registrar of Voters, will enable voters to easily distinguish whether campaign mailers are paid for by an independent expenditure or a candidate themselves.
"When voters are bombarded with mailers throughout an election cycle, they understandably assume that all of it is sent from a candidate, and become frustrated and disengaged in the voting process," said Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord). "AB 990 ensures that voters can effortlessly differentiate a candidate's message from the messages of various independent expenditures."
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) introduced Assembly Bill 18 of the Second Extraordinary Session, yesterday afternoon to help restore the community-based system for developmental disability services (DDS) in California. ABx2-18, establishes the Cocktails for Healthy Outcomes Act, which adds a five cent charge per cocktail at any restaurant or bar beginning January 1, 2016. This bill will help ensure California's compliance with the Lanterman Act, a California law passed in 1969, which provides people with developmental disabilities and their families the right to receive necessary services in their community.
"Currently, 280,000 Californian's are diagnosed with a developmental disability that requires the state of California to fund regional centers, which provide respite care, transportation, day treatment, and independent and supported living programs," said Assemblywoman Bonilla. "In the next three years alone, 24,000 children will leave public school and need services. The problem is, regional center workers are already extremely overburdened with caseload ratios of one worker to every seventy-five individuals seeking services."
SACRAMENTO - Assemblywoman Bonilla's bill, AB 451, which authorizes cities and
counties to adopt parking ordinances allowing the regulation of private, off-street parking
facilities by their owners and operators, was signed on Tuesday by Governor Brown. This measure,
which will take effect January 1st, 2016, clarifies local governments' ability to create private
parking ordinances that best meet the needs of their businesses, consumers, and communities.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Bonilla’s groundbreaking bill, AB 2293, which was signed into law last September, goes into effect, today, July 1, 2015. Assembly Bill 2293 ensures that both consumers and drivers are protected by eliminating all dangerous gaps in insurance coverage for drivers of Uber, Lyft and other transportation network companies (TNCs).
“AB 2293 created an innovative solution, ensuring that TNC drivers are adequately insured and the public is properly protected,” said Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord). “The bill demonstrated that innovation begets innovation. We now have new insurance products on the market designed to fill the needs of this thriving new business model.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) introduced Assembly Joint Resolution 23 to commemorate the 43rd anniversary of the enactment of Title IX, which is tomorrow, June 23, 2015. This measure urges Californians to continue to work together to achieve the goals set by Title IX, the federal law of 1972, preventing the discrimination against women and all others based on sex, gender identity, or gender expression, in any educational program or extracurricular activity that receives federal funding.
“The significance and impact of Title IX is immeasurable,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla. “The advancement of girls and women across this country has vastly improved since its enactment. Nonetheless, while Title IX has done far more than provide academic scholarships and increase the participation of girls and women in sports, the fact is that females are still underrepresented and receive fewer resources and opportunities than males.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla’s bill, AB 577, which creates a grant program at the California Energy Commission to support projects that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the production of biogas, was approved today by the Assembly with overwhelming bipartisan support.
“As a state, it is critical that we think of innovative, efficient, and long-term solutions to global warming,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla (D-Concord). “AB 577 is the solution that will allocate necessary funding to produce safe, cost-effective, reliable, and sustainable energy that cuts hazardous pollution.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Bonilla’s bill, AB 706, which will increase science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education throughout the state was approved today by the Assembly with strong bipartisan support. Assembly Bill 706 establishes the California STEM AmeriCorps (CalSTEM) program, which is designed to improve the academic performance of K-12 students in STEM subject areas, increase the number of college graduates in STEM disciplines, and forge pathways for students to pursue careers in STEM fields.
“Currently, California is experiencing significant workforce shortages in STEM occupations, such as in our growing tech and biotech industries,” said Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord). “AB 706 addresses these deficiencies by creating greater opportunities and increasing the likelihood that our students will participate and become engaged in STEM careers.”
In response to Governor Brown’s off-handed remarks yesterday that critics of his twin tunnel plan should “shut up” until they spend more time studying it, members of the Delta Counties Coalition (DCC) issued the following comments:
“The proposed twin tunnel project is a frustration to many of us; because as much as the governor wants them built, we want them shelved. The studies are clear: twin tunnels won’t create more water for drought-thirsty California,” said Sacramento County Supervisor Don Nottoli. “Rest assured, we will continue to voice our legitimate concerns and promote alternatives to the tunnels, including more storage, conservation and desalinization.”