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SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Bonilla’s AB 2329, which will help California attain the goal of having computer science curriculum in every school, was signed today by Governor Brown. This bill requires the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) to convene an advisory panel, which will develop recommendations and strategies for the implementation of computer science education for K-12 students, especially those in underrepresented communities.;
“California has long been home to a rapidly-growing technology sector, but unfortunately we do not see the same growth in computer science courses and programs offered to our youth.” said Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla (D-Concord). “It is imperative that the education of all our K-12 students not only meets the demand for computing jobs, but more importantly, that students are being engaged at a young age.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) introduced legislation this year to expand and improve cancer research. AB 2325, which was signed on September 14th, enables researchers working on clinical trials to reach out directly to patients and provide them the opportunity to participate in cutting edge treatments. AB 1823, which was signed yesterday afternoon, establishes the California Clinical Trials Program to increase access to cancer clinical trials for all patients, especially women and underrepresented communities.
SACRAMENTO – This year, Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) continued her efforts to help college students fight mounting higher education costs by authoring Assembly Bill 1914, which was signed into law this afternoon by Governor Brown. AB 1914 ensures that college students are not paying for unnecessary and underutilized academic materials during coursework.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Bonilla’s AB 1592, which was approved this afternoon on the Assembly Floor, now only requires the Governor’s signature to advance the testing and development of autonomous vehicle technologies in California. This bill, which authorizes the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) to conduct a pilot project to test low-speed, multi-passenger, shared autonomous vehicles that are not equipped with a steering wheel, brake pedal, accelerator or operator, will help expand CCTA’s existing transportation technology testing program at GoMentum Station in the former United States Navy weapons station in Concord.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) introduced legislation this year in response to the recent upsurge in stories of sexual harassment, abuse and rape across college campuses statewide. AB 2654, which is aimed at increasing awareness and student safety, was signed into law by the Governor this morning.
“When nearly one in every four female college students are reporting having experienced some form of unwanted sexual conduct, it is clear that we must be doing more,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla. “I thank Governor Brown for his support of this measure and validation of a serious problem that cannot be kept secret or swept under the rug,”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) introduced legislation this year to address the recent concerns highlighted in the historic, Vergara v. California case, pertaining to grossly ineffective teachers in our California schools. Assembly Bill 934, which was introduced as a robust and comprehensive bill that would ensure greater support for public school teachers to improve the quality of education for every student, has now been narrowed in scope as a result of the onslaught of opposition from both sides – the teacher unions and education reform groups.
“The current version of AB 934 reflects the enduring political battle between two sides unwilling to work together to find a common ground for the benefit of all students in our state,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla. “I will remain committed to supporting and protecting quality teachers, while also addressing the problem of persistently ineffective teachers, and still believe there is a workable solution for students despite the overwhelming disagreement from both sides.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) sponsored legislation this year with the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) to expand the current autonomous vehicle testing program located in her district. Assembly Bill 1592, which authorizes CCTA to conduct a pilot project to test low-speed, multi-passenger, shared autonomous vehicles that are not equipped with a steering wheel, brake pedal, accelerator or operator, was approved by the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee with bipartisan, unanimous support.
“As the DMV is currently drafting regulations on the full deployment of autonomous vehicles on public roads, automobile manufacturers and tech companies are already prepared to test purely autonomous technologies that do not require an operator,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla. “I want to ensure that California maintains its status as the epicenter for innovation and investment and becomes the home to the next generation of safer, cleaner and more efficient transportation options.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) authored legislation last year, AB 990, to improve voter access to information and increase the transparency around the proliferation of money in politics. The impact of this legislation was seen throughout the California primary elections. Assembly Bill 990, which was signed into law last October, has helped voters effortlessly identify who a message is coming from by requiring a more evident and clear disclosure statement on all independent expenditure (I.E.) advertisements received during an election cycle.
“It is critically important that voters are not misled by the campaign literature flooding their mailboxes during election season,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla. “I am pleased to say that this new law has been successfully implemented and I have already received positive feedback. California voters appreciate the added disclosure, which shines light on outside interest groups hoping to influence voters with paid advertisements and discrediting and distasteful messages.”
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.