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Bonta Responds To State Of The State: Focuses On The Safety Of Our Children And Communities And Highlights Bills To Stop Illegal Gun Sales, Combat Childhood Trauma

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(SACRAMENTO, CA) Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) issued the following statement today after Governor Jerry Brown delivered his State of the State Address.

“Today, Governor Brown shared his vision for California’s future. His reference to the ‘unprovoked and brutal attack in San Bernardino’ and the public’s safety resonated with me.  

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Bonta Responds to Governor’s Proposed Budget

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(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.

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AB 1575 Streamlines Implementation of Landmark Medical Marijuana Law

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(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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New Era for California as Governor Brown Signs Historic Medical Marijuana Legislation

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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.

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Governor Signs Bonta Bill to Require Fair Health Insurance Deductibles for Families, Protecting Consumers

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(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. 

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Governor Signs Bonta Bill to Protect Victims of Domestic Violence, Children, and Rehabilitated Individuals

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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. 

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Brown Signs Bonta Bill Protecting California’s Schools

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(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.

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Assemblymembers Unite in Los Angeles, Urging Governor to Sign Historic Medical Marijuana Legislation

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(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.”

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Equal Rights Win as Brown Approves Bill to Allow Disabled Judges to Continue Serving their Communities

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(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) was happy to announce that Governor Brown signed his AB 1028 this week, a bill to allow former judges or justices retired by the Supreme Court for disability to continue to serve their communities.

“Before the new law, retired judges were not allowed to administer oaths and affirmations if their retirement was due to a disability,” Bonta explained. “Judges or justices who retired for reasons other than disability, however, were authorized to administer oaths and affirmations, so long as they received certification from the Commission on Judicial Performance. AB 1028 ends this discriminatory practice, and provides a pathway for disabled judges to administer oaths and affirmations, a job many of them had performed for a number of years.”

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Assemblymembers Join Patient Advocates, Local Government, Labor, and Business to Urge Governor to Sign Historic Medical Marijuana Legislation

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(Oakland, CA) Today on the steps of the State Building in Oakland, Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) held a press conference to urge Governor Jerry Brown to sign a trio of medical marijuana bills that passed the Legislature last week. Bonta, lead author on one of the bills, AB 266, was joined by two of his joint authors, Assemblymembers Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) and Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale), along with a strong coalition of supporters from local government, patient advocacy groups, labor, and the medical marijuana industry.

“We are here today to urge Governor Brown to approve the strong, comprehensive regulatory framework for the medical marijuana industry that my colleagues and I sent to him last week,” stated Assemblymember Bonta. “With this legislation, the ‘wild west’ of the medical marijuana industry will be reined in and all of California will benefit—from patients, who will now have more assurances that their products are safe, to law enforcement, who will now have a foundation for identifying drugged drivers in order to protect the public, to the environment, which will be protected from neglect, destruction, and water diversion, to the industry itself, which will now be able to come out of the shadows and participate confidently as state-recognized businesses contributing to the economy.”

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