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SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) reintroduced legislation from last year, authored by Senator Mark DeSaulnier, to provide additional funding for safety and violence prevention programs in California public schools. AB 63 will authorize the production and sale of a specialized license plate through the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) that will bring attention to the problem of youth violence and bullying, while creating supplemental monies to re-establish integral programs that were eliminated due to a lack of funding.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) has been re-appointed by Speaker Toni G. Atkins as chair of the Assembly Committee on Business and Professions (B&P) for the 2015-16 legislative session.
“I am honored and privileged to once again chair this committee to improve California’s workforce, businesses, and protection of consumers,” said Bonilla. “I look forward to working with my fellow colleagues and committee members who share the same vision of strengthening our state’s business practices and expanding the California economy.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) announced that she will introduce legislation, which provides valuable tax relief for families that invest in a 529-college savings plan.
Assemblywoman Bonilla Holds Hearing on STEM Education
(Oakland) - Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord), Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Increasing the Integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in Education in California K-14 schools, hosted the Bay Area Regional STEM Education Summit: Advancing STEM through Public-Private Partnerships at Mills College in Oakland. The hearing launched the 4th Annual Bay Area Science Festival. Assemblywoman Bonilla says she's optimistic about the future of STEM education, "We're at a good point in time where not only are we seeing increasing interest in STEM education but we're seeing things open up within all of education." Here's more in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/bonilla
Audio of Assemblywoman Bonilla's opening remarks at the STEM Education hearing at Mills College. (2:04)
SACRAMENTO - Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) will be holding a Select Committee on Increasing the Integration of STEM Education hearing on Thursday, October 23rd at Mills College in Oakland from 9:00am to 12:30pm. The hearing, titled the Bay Area Regional STEM Education Summit: Advancing STEM through Public-Private Partnerships, will serve as the kickoff to the 4th Annual Bay Area Science Festival which is a10-day event filled with a wide range of science and technology activities.
“This hearing will produce actionable initiatives to advance STEM education throughout the Bay Area and beyond,” said Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord). “Our extensive list of confirmed panelists will produce a wide variety of perspectives on the best strategies and practices to improve STEM education and increase investments for its expansion.”
CONCORD, CA – The Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) and Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, Inc. (MBRDNA) announced a new agreement to partner with the City of Concord and the United States Navy to bring self-driving cars to Contra Costa. Under the agreement, the Contra Costa Transportation Authority and Mercedes-Benz Research & Development Northern California (MBRDNA) have licenses to test cutting edge transportation technology including traffic signals that ‘communicate’ with cars, and connected and autonomous driving vehicles at a new test bed within the Concord Naval Weapons Station (CNWS).
“The Contra Costa Transportation Authority is committed to supporting research that enhances safety while shining a spotlight on innovation,” stated Executive Director, Randy Iwasaki. “We’re extremely proud to be working with the City of Concord, Mercedes-Benz and the Navy to bring cutting edge technology to Contra Costa and we look forward to connecting our resources with those advancing research and technology to improve transportation.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Bonilla’s last bill awaiting the Governor’s action, Assembly Bill 26, was signed this afternoon. AB 26 ensures a prevailing wage for workers who perform the cleanup phase of construction for public works projects.
Prevailing wage laws were enacted to guarantee skilled construction workers on public works projects are paid at least the wages and benefits that prevail in their local communities. However, many employees who are an integral part of the construction process have been excluded.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Bonilla’s measure, AB 2501, was signed into law on Saturday by the Governor. This bill ensures that criminal defendants cannot use the so-called “panic defense” claim in an attempt to lower a charge from murder to manslaughter, or to escape conviction all together.
“With this bill, we are stating that discovering a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity is insufficient proof of provoking any sort of violent act upon that individual,” said Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord). “It is disgraceful that defendants are currently allowed to argue that a “state of panic,” due to a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity is a cause of their actions.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Bonilla’s AB 2350 which increases the number of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), was signed late Friday by Governor Brown. This bill, which becomes effective in January, prevents pregnancy discrimination against graduate students by requiring universities to adopt policies regarding leave of absences and accommodations the institution must make for pregnant graduate students.
Pregnancy discrimination is already prohibited by federal Title IX standards which prevent discrimination against women, based on sex, in any education program or extracurricular activity that receives funding. However, many people do not realize that Title IX covers far more than equity in athletic programs.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla’s AB 1147, the Massage Therapy Act, was signed into law today by Governor Brown. This monumental measure, which is joint-authored by Assemblymembers Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) and Chris Holden (D-Pasadena), overhauls California’s existing massage therapy laws to give local governments more power to shut down illegal businesses, while reforming the oversight of certified massage professionals and enacting greater protections for consumers who utilize massage.
“Communities across the state have been plagued by illegal operations engaged in human trafficking and prostitution, and masquerading as legitimate massage establishments,” said Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord). “As a result, many local governments and law enforcement agencies have been overwhelmed by the burden of trying to police and shut down these bad actors, while community members have had to endure the blight and reduced quality of life that follows. AB 1147 addresses these problems and allows local governments to take back control of their own communities.”