For the first time in California history, small businesses may incorporate as worker-owned businesses
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) was proud to announce today that Governor Brown signed legislation that will allow small businesses to form as worker cooperatives – businesses that are democratically owned and managed by their workers. The bill, AB 816, is first-of-its-kind legislation to facilitate the creation of worker-owned businesses in California.
“Worker-owned businesses are central to addressing income inequality, empowering workers, and building the middle class,” explained Bonta. “As low-income communities struggle with high rates of unemployment and low wages, worker-owned small businesses are an effective way of providing a living wage and bringing workers into the middle class.”
AB 266 Passes Two Key Senate Policy Committees,4-0 and 8-1
(Sacramento, CA) - This week the Senate Committees on Governance and Finance and Health passed
AB 266, a measure that for the first time in the history of California creates a comprehensive
regulatory framework for the state's billion dollar medical cannabis industry. AB 266 is authored
by Assemblymembers RobBonta (D-Oakland), Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova), Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer
(D-Los Angeles), and Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale).The bill made history when it passed the Assembly last
month on a vote of 62-8, marking the first time that a substantive medical cannabis bill has passed
off the Assembly floor with strong bipartisan support.
Bonta proud to coauthor AB 1522, providing unprecedented sick leave for Californians
(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Chair of the Assembly Health Committee, issued the following statement applauding California’s groundbreaking paid sick leave law AB 1522, the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014.
With the enactment of the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, California became the second state in the nation to guarantee private sector workers access to at least three paid sick days, with one hour accrued for thirty hours worked. Last November, Massachusetts became the third state to require sick leave.
AB 7 Honors California Hero And Filipino American Labor Leader
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is proud to announce that Governor Brown signed AB 7 today. The bill requires the Governor to annually proclaim Larry Itliong’s October 25th birthdate as “Larry Itliong Day” in the state and would encourage public schools to teach about Itliong’s life and contributions to California.
“Larry Itliong was one of the greatest labor organizers and leaders in California history,” Bonta explained. “He was a hero not only to the Filipino American community, but to all Californians and Americans who fought and continue to fight for socioeconomic and racial justice in our state and nation. By signing AB 7, Governor Brown guarantees that Itliong’s work and legacy of fighting for justice, opportunity, and equality will be properly honored for generations to come.”
(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Chair of the Assembly Health Committee, issued the following statement after the landmark decision in King vs. Burrell, in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that federal subsidies offered as part of federally-established health care exchanges are legal under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).
California would not have been immediately affected by the Supreme Court decision because the Golden State chose to fully implement the ACA and establish Covered California as the state's health insurance exchange. However, it would have been difficult to predict how long California would be immune to any additional actions taken by Congress if the Supreme Court's decision ruled the subsidies were unconstitutional.
(Sacramento, CA) - Following the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) made the following statement commending the expansion of marriage equality throughout the country and urging further progress:
“The Supreme Court’s decisions over the past two years on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act set the stage for today’s momentous decision expanding marriage equality across the nation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities. As an attorney experienced in and committed to civil rights issues, I am encouraged that the Supreme Court had the moral and constitutional insight to recognize the importance of equality for all. The decision is particularly meaningful as we are just few days from the 46th anniversary of the start of the Stonewall Riots in New York City, which ushered in the modern LGBT rights movement.
Bonta to serve as Chair of the Public Health and Developmental Services Committee
(Sacramento, CA) - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) issued the following statement after being appointed by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) to Chair the Public Health and Developmental Services Committee. The committee was established in response to Governor Jerry Brown's proclamation to convene an Extraordinary Session of the Legislature on health care to secure additional funding for Medi-Cal and developmental disability services.
“This week Governor Brown signed a balanced and fiscally responsible budget that provides $115.4 billion to invest in California’s most valuable asset: our people.
(SACRAMENTO, CA) - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is proud to announce that his bill to
establish Larry Itliong Day in California passed the Senate with unanimous and bipartisan support
(37-0). The bill would require the Governor to annually proclaim Itliong's October 25th birthdate
as "Larry Itliong Day" in the state and would encourage public schools to teach about Itliong's
life and contributions to California. The bill now heads to the Governor's desk for his
(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) issued the following statement today after the Legislature passed its fifth balanced, on-time state budget in a row:
“Today’s budget invests in California’s most valuable asset: our people. After years of cuts, the budget reflects my core Democratic values and the priorities of the state. The budget fights poverty, reinvests in schools and early childhood education, improves access to higher education, builds reserves for a rainy day, and pays down debt.
(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Chair of the Assembly Health Committee, was proud to announce that the Assembly passed four of his key health bills to support consumer protections, strengthen access to high quality health care for our must vulnerable children, and improve the health of all Californians.
“As Chair of the Assembly Health Committee, it is a priority for me to work together with members, legislative leaders, and all stakeholders in the health field to ensure that all Californians receive the high quality health care they deserve,” Bonta explained.