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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.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) introduced legislation this year to address the rise in hash oil lab explosions in her district and across the state. Assembly Bill 849, which ensures that defendants are held liable for damage caused when a drug lab explodes, regardless of whether the damage is caused by a resulting fire or the explosion itself, was approved by the Assembly Public Safety Committee this afternoon.
“Hash oil production is a lucrative business that is becoming increasingly popular statewide,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla. “It is not only harmful to producers and users, but the process of manufacturing hash oil is endangering whole communities, and the subsequent explosions are property owners’ worst nightmare.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla’s bill, AB 577, which will allocate a portion of cap and trade proceeds to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the production of biogas, was approved this afternoon by the Assembly Natural Resources Committee.
“Biogas, which is gas that can be generated from landfills, food processing, livestock and agricultural waste, is an abundant, renewable source of energy here in California,” said Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord). “It makes no sense that we are not utilizing this sustainable and cleaner alternative to natural gas, which would reduce GHG emissions and create new jobs.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) had two prominent bills approved by their respective policy committees last week.
AB 631, which establishes the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards Implementation Fund, calls for the allocation of $1 billion from the State General Fund for educational resources, teacher support and the integration of technology into the classroom, was approved by the Assembly Education Committee on Wednesday with unanimous support.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) released a statement on today’s approval of the emergency drought relief legislative package.
“This morning, my colleagues and I took action to pass emergency drought relief legislation, which will expedite the distribution of $1 billion in funding for water projects that will enable California to mitigate the impacts of our current four-year drought,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla.