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SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Bonilla’s AB 1147, the Massage Therapy Act, is now on its way to Governor Brown’s desk after being approved today by the Assembly with a 72-0 vote. This bill overhauls California’s existing massage therapy law to address the problems with businesses engaging in illegal activities. This measure gives local government more authority to regulate fraudulent businesses, while reforming the oversight of certified massage professionals and increasing the safety of massage therapy consumers.
“My colleagues of the California State Legislature have spoken and agree that the massage therapy industry needs change,” said Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord). “AB 1147 is the solution which will help eliminate human trafficking and prostitution in California’s massage therapy establishments.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Bonilla's AB 2293, which protects passengers, drivers and the general public by clarifying insurance coverage for Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft, was approved yesterday by the Senate with a 30-4 vote and this evening by the Assembly with a 70-0 vote. AB 2293 is now on its way to Governor Brown's desk where it requires his signature before the bill becomes law.
"AB 2293 is a testament to good public policy. I have worked hard to assure that consumers and TNC drivers are protected, while also allowing this innovative business model to thrive," said Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord). "This bill creates a policy that is both affordable and flexible, but still ensures corporate accountability. My ultimate goal was to demonstrate that business innovation and consumer protection are not mutually exclusive, while also facilitating the maturation of this new industry into our economy."
Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) was elected in November 2010 and represents California's 14th Assembly District, which includes Contra Costa County and Solano County.
SACRAMENTO – Wednesday afternoon, Uber and Lyft announced their removal of opposition and revealed their support of Assemblywoman Bonilla’s AB 2293. Throughout the process, both companies adamantly opposed the measure which would address the dangerous gap in insurance coverage for their drivers. In response to concerns from drivers and consumers of Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), Assemblywoman Bonilla proposed a fair compromise that Uber and Lyft could no longer resist.
“AB 2293 ensures that Uber and Lyft drivers are able to purchase affordable insurance which protects consumers and the general public in case an accident occurs,” said Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord). “AB 2293 creates a seamless process between a driver’s personal and commercial insurance coverage while providing remedies for victims.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Bonilla’s AB 2293, continues its way through the legislative process with unyielding support despite push from opposition. Assembly Bill 2293, which clarifies insurance requirements for Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), was approved today by the Senate Appropriations Committee and moving to the Senate floor.
“I remain deeply invested in protecting all consumers, drivers and pedestrians that are affected by the hazardous insurance gaps that currently exist for TNCs,” said Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord). “I am in full support of advanced technology and business innovation, and believe consumer protection can also be achieved in their new business models.”
SACRAMENTO – Statement from Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) on the Legislature’s approval of The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014.
“I thank my colleagues of the legislature for their relentless efforts in reaching a fair agreement for both Northern and Southern California on the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014,” said Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord). “Most notably, I applaud the five Delta counties for ensuring that not a single dollar of the $7.5 billion bond can be used towards the construction of the Delta Tunnels. If approved by voters on the November ballot, this water bond will secure $50 million in first-time funding for the Delta Conservancy for restoration and agricultural sustainability projects. Additionally, it is guaranteed that no project in the Delta will begin without consulting the local Delta cities and its surrounding communities who will be most affected. Overall, this bond is tunnel neutral and takes a functional approach to our statewide water crisis, without further damaging our Delta resources.”
Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) was elected in November 2010 and represents California’s 14th Assembly District, which includes Contra Costa County and Solano County.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Bonilla’s AB 1838, which allows graduates of accelerated and fully accredited medical education programs to become licensed physicians in California, was signed into law today by Governor Brown. This bill will allow more physicians to practice in California and help doctors incur less student debt.
“Currently California faces an extreme shortage of trained medical residents and physicians,” said Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord). “AB 1838 is an innovative step towards addressing this problem and meeting the needs of our communities, without diminishing the quality of patient care.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla’s AB 2560, which sailed through the legislature with strong support from both the Senate and Assembly, was signed into law today by Governor Brown. Assembly Bill 2560 ensures that applicants, who submit an initial or renewal credential application, clearly understand their responsibilities as mandated reporters. This measure was created to address the growing number of cases across the state involving child abuse in schools. The delay in response time has allowed for incidences of physical and sexual student abuse to go unaddressed.
“Student safety is an important priority in our schools,” said Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord). “It is imperative that all school employees clearly understand that once abuse is suspected, the appropriate intervention occurs immediately. AB 2560 reinforces the actions that must be taken to protect our students and maintain a trusting school environment.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Bonilla’s AB 2560, which passed both houses with unanimous bipartisan support, is now on its way to the Governor’s desk for final approval before it is signed into law. Assembly Bill 2560 ensures that applicants, who submit an initial or renewal credential application, understand their responsibilities as mandated reporters. This bill was introduced to address the recent spike in troubling cases involving child abuse in schools.
“The safety of our students should always be our number one priority,” said Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord). “It is unfathomable that children are not only being abused, but that misinterpretations of the law have allowed for it to persist.”
SACRAMENTO—Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) held a press conference today with the parents of Sofia Liu, the six-year old girl who was killed when hit by a San Francisco Uber driver on New Year’s Eve. This incident has been the catalyst to raise national awareness about the importance of ride-sharing companies having appropriate insurance coverage for its drivers.
Bonilla is authoring legislation (AB 2293), which passed unanimously in the Assembly and is being considered today by the Senate Insurance Committee. The legislation requires Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber, Lyft, and others to provide commercial insurance from app on to app off and disclose to drivers that their personal insurance will not provide coverage when a personal car is used for TNC services.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Bonilla’s measure, AB 1147, was approved today by the Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development. This bill, which also includes joint authorship from Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena), is a major reform measure that will overhaul California’s existing massage therapy law.
“This monumental reform is long overdue and seeks to address multiple issues plaguing the massage therapy industry that affect communities all over California where illegitimate massage businesses exist,” said Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord). “AB 1147 will put land use authority back in the hands of local governments, where it belongs, so human trafficking and other illicit activity can be eradicated.”