California is now offering an Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for working low-income families and individuals. In addition to the federal EITC, the new state Earned Income Tax Credit will put more money in the pockets of those who need it most. Read More
Making sure middle class kids can afford a higher education is the purpose of California’s Middle Class Scholarship program. The MCS program provides undergraduate students with family incomes up to $150,000 a scholarship to attend University of California (UC) or California State University (CSU) campuses. Read More
(Sacramento, CA) –Today, Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) released a statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed Budget for 2016-17.
California’s recent budgets have successfully moved our state from the depths of recession, giving the Legislature and Governor a fiscally sound foundation from which to lift up California's children, working families, and those in deep poverty. The investments made by the Governor’s proposal in early childhood education are laudable, but insufficient given the well-documented life-changing impact of preschool on children from low-income communities. As housing costs continue to skyrocket, working families and those on fixed incomes are being forced out of their homes and neighborhoods and require greater support. And our poorest Californians who rely on Medi-Cal for their health, as well as other critical safety net programs, continue to struggle with access to the services they need to survive.
(Sacramento, CA) –Today, Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) introduced AB 1575, a bill to clarify and improve implementation of the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA), which took effect on January 1st. MMRSA established the first comprehensive regulatory framework for the state’s medical marijuana industry and is considered one of California’s landmark legislative efforts of 2015. AB 1575 is authored by the same bipartisan coalition of Assemblymembers who authored MMRSA—Assemblymembers Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova), Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr. (D-Los Angeles), Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale), and Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg).
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(San Francisco) - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) says he’s proud to have authored Assembly Bill 176, which would have uncovered many of the social, economic, and educational disparities in the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community. “This bill started from a simple but powerful idea,” said Assemblymember Bonta during a news conference in San Francisco’s Chinatown. “There are more than 23 distinct communities within the Asian American population and 19 within the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander population. Each of these API communities has different health and educational outcomes and needs.” AB 176 passed the Assembly and Senate with just one dissenting vote so Assemblymember Bonta says he was surprised and disappointed that it was not signed by the Governor. Here’s more from Assemblymember Bonta in this Assembly Access video.
Nearly 20 years after Proposition 215 legalized medical marijuana, comprehensive regulations are finally state law
(Sacramento, CA) –Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is happy to announce today that Governor Brown signed the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (the Act), which, for the first time in the history of California, establishes a comprehensive regulatory framework for the medical marijuana industry to ensure patient access, as well as to protect the environment, public safety, and public health.
“Today ushers in a new era for California,” explained Assemblymember Bonta.“Patients will have assurances that their products are safe. Law enforcement will have a foundation for identifying drugged drivers and increased funding to protect the public. The environment will be protected from neglect, destruction, and water diversion. And the medical marijuana industry itself will be able to come out of the shadows and receive the same protections under the law as other state-licensed businesses, creating jobs and contributing to the economy.
(Sacramento, CA) - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) announced today that Governor Brown signed his bill to ensure fair health insurance deductibles and out-of-pocket cost sharing limits. The bill, AB 1305, prohibits health plans and insurers from giving a person a higher deductible or maximum out-of-pocket cost sharing limit merely because that person is a member of a family enrolled in family coverage.
AB 1140 Modernizes and Reforms the California Victim Compensation Program
(SACRAMENTO, CA) - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is happy to announce today that Governor Brown signed his bill to modernize the California Victim Compensation Program (CalVCP), which has been supporting victims of violent crime for 50 years.
“AB 1140 will help California better meet the needs of crime victims. The balanced and common-sense changes made by AB 1140 will allow more victims of violent crime to fully participate in the program and obtain the critical services they need to heal and recover. I am honored to have had the opportunity to author this critical and necessary overhaul and modernization of the program,” said Bonta.
(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) announced that Governor Brown signed his AB 625 this week, a bill to protect California’s schools that have been taken over by the state.
“AB 625 protects our schools from further harm during the state takeover process through improving coordination and communication during state audits; it is important that the remedy designed to help districts actually improves their financial stability rather than punishes them, and their students, for the mistakes of the past,” said Bonta.
(Los Angeles, CA) Today, Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) held a press conference in Los Angeles to urge Governor Jerry Brown to sign the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act, including AB 266. Bonta, lead author of AB 266, was joined by two of his joint authors, Reginald Jones-Sawyer, Sr. (D-Los Angeles) and Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale), along with a strong coalition of supporters from local government, patient advocacy groups, labor, and the medical marijuana industry.
Assemblymember Rob Bonta explained the historic impact the proposed regulations will have in the state. “The Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act will usher in a new era for California. If the Governor signs the act, patients will have more assurances that their products are safe; law enforcement will have a foundation to identify drugged drivers and increased funding to protect the public; the environment will be protected from neglect, destruction, and water diversion; and the medical marijuana industry itself will be able to come out of the shadows and receive the same protections under the law as other state-licensed businesses, creating jobs and contributing to the economy.”