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Legislature Passes Bonta Bill to Increase Access to Advanced Telecommunications Networks

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AB 2292 stimulates local economy through innovative technology 

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta’s AB 2292, which provides cities and counties with a new tool to expand broadband projects in order to bring high-speed communications, jobs, and new businesses to local communities, passed the Legislature with strong bipartisan support and is now being considered by the Governor.  The bill would allow local communities to use infrastructure financing districts, a funding mechanism that requires voter approval, to create communitywide broadband projects. 

“In the wake of the elimination of redevelopment agencies, many local governments have limited options to revitalize their economies.  Broadband has been federally and internationally recognized as a key driver of economic growth and national competitiveness, in addition to contributing to social and cultural development and enrichment,” said Assemblymember Bonta.

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Governor Considers AB 1271 to Provide Services to Students Witnessing or Experiencing Violence

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AB 1271 bolsters mental health protocols in school safety plans

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) announced this week that AB 1271, which encourages school safety plans to include protocols to address the mental health care of students who have witnessed a violent act in school, passed the Legislature and will now be considered by Governor Brown.  The legislation was introduced in response to young students’ comments made at hearings of the Select Committee on Gun Violence in the East Bay, which Bonta Chairs, in which they expressed concern over the lack of mental health services for students after violent incidents.  Bonta also introduced the legislation as a stand against the 15 recorded school shootings that have occurred since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newton, CT in 2012.

“All forms of violence, such as gun violence and bullying, have become a tragic fact of life for children in districts such as my own 18th Assembly District.  Growing up in violent environments can cause serious traumatic complications for children, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.  This, among other challenges, can make it difficult for children and adolescents to become engaged and productive students,” said Assemblymember Bonta.

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Bonta Bill to Reduce Barriers to Employment Reaches Governor’s Desk

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AB 2396 brings rehabilitated individuals back into the workforce instead of cycling them back into the criminal justice system

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) was proud to announce today that his bill to reduce employment barriers for people with criminal records who have been rehabilitated passed the Legislature with bipartisan support and now heads to Governor Brown for his consideration. 

“AB 2396 would expand opportunities for rehabilitated individuals to pursue meaningful employment and work towards entering the middle class instead of struggling in low-wage jobs or returning to crime,” said Assemblymember Bonta.  “AB 2396 reduces barriers to employment by prohibiting any licensing entity within the Department of Consumer Affairs from denying a license solely on the basis of a dismissed criminal conviction."

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Governor Considers Bonta Bill to Provide Peer Counseling Services to Victims of Violent Crime

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AB 1629 supports victims of gun violence and other crimes

(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is pleased to announce that AB 1629 passed the Legislature with strong bipartisan support and will now be considered by the Governor. The bill would expand the California Victim Compensation Fund to compensate peer counselors for providing services to victims of violent crime.

“As the Chair of the Select Committee on Gun Violence in the East Bay, I spent much of last year meeting with and engaging stakeholders regarding the best strategies to address gun violence. One phrase that consistently came up was ‘hurt people hurt people’, which speaks to the ongoing challenges victims of trauma face,” Bonta explained.

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Bonta Bill to Support Innovative Small Businesses Passes Legislature

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AB 2719 Reduces Market Entry Barriers for Emerging Pop-up and Mobile Retail Businesses

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is proud to announce that his groundbreaking legislation to aid innovative small businesses passed the Legislature with strong bipartisan support and now heads to Governor Brown for his consideration. 

“Small businesses are incredibly important to the economy of our state,” said Assemblymember Bonta.  “There are over 3.3 million small businesses in California, providing 51.6 percent of the total private sector jobs in the state.

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Bonta Bill to Reduce HIV/AIDS Transmission in Prisons and Throughout California Passes Senate, Moves to Governor

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AB 966 Expands Statewide Successful Condom Distribution Program in Prison to Protect Public Health and Promote Fiscal Responsibility

(OAKLAND, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is proud to announce that his bill to reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS and other STDs in prisons and communities throughout California passed the Senate this week and will now be considered by the Governor.

Bonta explained, “Sexually transmitted disease is a tragic reality of life in prison. The HIV/AIDS infection rate in prison is estimated to be at least 8 to 10 times higher than among the general population.”

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Bonta Bill to Assist Victims of Human Trafficking Considered by Governor

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(Oakland, CA) – Assemblymember Bonta’s bill to preserve the testimony of witnesses in human trafficking cases is now headed to the Governor’s desk.

“AB 1610 protects victims of human trafficking by preserving their testimony in human trafficking-related prosecutions.  Preservation of their testimony at a very early stage, in many cases, is necessary to ensure just adjudication,” explained Bonta.

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Assemblymember Bonta Hosts Back-To-School Rally And Health Expo

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(Oakland, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is proud to announce the 7th Annual Attend & Achieve Back to School Rally and Health Expo, to be held this Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Oakland City Hall (1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, California).  The all-day free event, conducted in partnership with Oakland Natives Give Back, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, the Oakland Unified School District, Ramsell Corp., City Team, and the Lincoln Child Center, will provide the opportunity for 1,000 Oakland students (kindergarten through 12th grade) to receive free school supplies, and for all guests to have access to health screenings, resources, prizes, and food. 

Assemblymember Bonta stated, “The Attend and Achieve Back-to-School Rally, which began as a backpack giveaway to provide school supplies to Oakland children, has evolved into a community effort to address the larger issues of truancy and health and their impact on graduation rates and the achievement gap.  When I asked community leaders to share their ideas on reducing chronic absenteeism, they proposed creating a challenge to motivate students in the 18th Assembly District to increase their attendance.  I am honored to expand this year’s event to include a year-long “Attendance Challenge.”  Part of the challenge includes tracking attendance, with prizes and various incentives for students who register, agree to participate, and meet the challenge’s goals.

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Legislature Passes Balanced, On-Time State Budget Over The Weekend

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State Budget codifies Bonta’s CalSTRS’ unfunded liability fix (AB 611) and his bill to eliminate part-day preschool fees (AB 1902)

(Sacramento, CA) - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) issued the following statement after the Legislature passed one of its strongest state budgets over the weekend, keeping the state on track for its fourth consecutive balanced budget in as many years, and codifying two of Bonta’s key legislative proposals:

“As we continue to celebrate California’s legislative successes this session, including being the first state to implement the Affordable Care Act, providing drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants, increasing the minimum wage to one of the highest in the nation, and increasing education funding throughout the state, while adopting a funding distribution formula---the Local Control Funding Formula---that provides additional funding to students who need it most, we can now add to the list a fourth on-time balanced budget that further ensures the economic stability of our state and expands opportunities for all Californians,” said Bonta.

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Bonta Bill To Provide Peer Counseling Services To Victims Of Violent Crime Passes Assembly

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AB 1629 supports victims of gun violence and other violent crimes

(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is pleased to announce that AB 1629 passed the Assembly 79 to 0. The bill would expand the California Victim Compensation Fund to compensate peer counselors for providing services to victims of violent crime.

“As the Chair of the Select Committee on Gun Violence in the East Bay, I spent much of last year meeting with and engaging stakeholders regarding the best strategies to address gun violence. One phrase that consistently came up was ‘hurt people hurt people’, which speaks to the ongoing challenges victims of trauma face,” said Bonta.

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