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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.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Bonilla’s pioneering legislation, AB 2293, was signed into law today by Governor Brown. AB 2293 clarifies insurance coverage for Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft, laying the foundation for all commercial insurance policies to ensure consumer, driver and public protection. While this bill faced an onslaught from opposition as it made its way through the legislature, in the end Uber and Lyft conceded, acknowledging the grave importance of addressing treacherous gaps in insurance coverage for their drivers.
“While AB 2293 is a consumer protection bill, it represents much more than that,” said Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord). “This measure symbolizes business flexibility, consumer affordability, political compromise, and most importantly, what true public policy should be – a collective process for all stakeholders to contribute.”
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.