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SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Bonilla’s AB 1592, which enables the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) to expand their autonomous vehicle testing program, was approved today on the Assembly Floor with unanimous, bi-partisan support. This measure authorizes CCTA to test low-speed, multi-passenger, fully electric autonomous vehicles that are not equipped with a steering wheel, brake pedal, accelerator or operator at GoMentum Station in the former United States Navy weapons station in Concord and a private business park in Contra Costa County.
“These first-and-last mile shuttles can be the solution to relieving traffic congestion while increasing the use of public transit,” said Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla (D-Concord). “By connecting people from their homes to transit stations, we can meet our state’s climate change goals and reduce the amount of time people spend commuting to work, school, and personal appointments.”
SACRAMENTO - Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) recognized Collette Carroll as the 2016 Assembly District 14 Women of the Year during the annual floor ceremony, which honors outstanding women making an impact in their local communities and across the state.
Collette Carroll, a resident of Clayton, California is a 2015 CNN Hero and the President and Executive Director of California Reentry Institute (CRI), a nonprofit organization that prepares and supports men through the transition from prison to freedom. Through her Empowered Reentry Program based out of San Quentin State Prison, Collette provides inmates with the tools and assistance to become contributing members of society, proving that with preparation and support, the cycle of incarceration can be broken.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) introduced legislation, which will authorize the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) to conduct a pilot project to test next generation, shared autonomous vehicles. Assembly Bill 1592, allows CCTA to test low-speed, multi-passenger, autonomous vehicles that are not equipped with a steering wheel, brake pedal, accelerator or operator.
“With the advancement of transportation technologies, we are on the verge of transforming our society,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla. “It is essential that we support greater opportunities to test autonomous vehicles here in our state - not only to ensure that they are safe, reliable and can be successfully integrated into our current infrastructure - but also for California to remain a global leader in innovation.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Bonilla’s AB 990, which increases campaign transparency and voter access to information, was signed into law over the weekend by the Governor. This bill, sponsored by the Contra Costa County Registrar of Voters, will make it easier for voters to identify whether campaign mail was paid for by an independent expenditure or a candidate themselves.
“With the signing of AB 990, voters can now effortlessly differentiate the messages from candidates and the messages from outside interest groups,” said Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord). “Far too often, when voters receive mail regarding an election, they automatically and understandably assume that it is from a candidate or paid for by a candidate. AB 990 addresses this problem and ensures that voters are accurately informed and understand who is responsible for the mail they are receiving.&rdquo
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) authored legislation this year ensuring that the basic human rights for individuals with physical disabilities are protected. Assembly Bill 662, which expands public restroom accommodations to meet the health and safety needs for all, was signed into law by the Governor on Saturday.
“By expanding public restroom accommodations, people with physical disabilities and their families and friends are given the dignity and comfort to go about their daily lives,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla. “These rudimentary human necessities are imperative for the health and well-being of our disabled community.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Bonilla’s bill, AB 798, which saves college students money by increasing the use of open educational resources (OER), was signed into law today by Governor Brown. This measure provides essential technology support and professional development for professors who choose to utilize and provide OER.
“Far too many of our students and families are struggling to afford college or taking on insurmountable debt due to the rising cost of higher education,” said Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord). “A significant portion of college expenses are spent on required textbooks. Open educational resources are a great solution to the rising costs, which are not only hurting students financially, but hindering their academic success when they’re being forced to get additional jobs or work extra hours to afford school.”
The 2015 Legislator of the Year Award by the California Science Teachers Association (CSTA)
Assemblywoman Bonilla was honored by the California Science Teachers Association with the 2015 Legislator of the year Award on Friday, October 2nd at the CSTA’s Annual Meeting in Sacramento. This highly esteemed award is not presented annually, rather only in times such as these, where a legislator has worked so vigorously to support the advancement of quality science education in California. Assemblywoman Bonilla has authored multiple bills that support science teachers and the advancement of STEM education in our state. Last year, she authored AB 2350, to increase the number of women in the STEM fields by requiring universities to adopt policies to implement Title IX and protect the rights of pregnant graduate students. This year, the Assemblywoman authored AB 706, which would create the state’s first STEM AmeriCorps programs, to increase the interest, participation and success of students in the STEM fields.
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."