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Assembly Passes Bonta Bill To Honor California Hero And Filipino American Labor Leader Larry Itliong

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AB 7 would establish “Larry Itliong Day” in California

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is proud to announce that his bill to establish Larry Itliong Day in California passed the Assembly with unanimous and bipartisan support (71-0). 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.

“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. AB 7 properly honors his life’s work and legacy of fighting for justice, opportunity, and equity.”


Bill to Uncover Education and Health Disparities in the API Community Passes First Committee

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AB 176 Requires Disaggregated Data for API Ethnic Subgroups

(Sacramento, CA) – Today Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is proud to announce that the Assembly Higher Education Committee passed his bill, AB 176, to uncover many of the social, economic, and educational disparities in the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community.

“The population of California is uniquely diverse, especially within the API community. There’s no place on the planet like it.” Bonta went on to name a few of the subgroups in the API population. “Hmong, Vietnamese, Korean, Filipino, Tongan….There are more than 23 distinct communities within the Asian American population and 19 within the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander population.”


Healthcare Coalition Joined by Sen. Hernandez, Assemblymember Bonta to Reignite Medi-Cal Legislation, Reduce Healthcare Inequality

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Coalition Seeks to Increase Medi-Cal Rates to Medicare Levels

Sacramento – Preceding today’s joint legislative informational hearing to address pitfalls within California’s Medicaid system (Medi-Cal), Senate Health Committee Chair Ed Hernandez and Assembly Health Committee Chair Rob Bonta joined healthcare providers, patients and advocates on the steps of the Capitol. Newly introduced, legislation to restore a 10 percent cut to Medi-Cal reimbursement goes a step further than in past efforts by proposing that Medi-Cal payments to providers be on par with what Medicare pays for the same services.

 “Expanding access to health care coverage, as we have done under the ACA, is a significant accomplishment but in order to truly be revolutionary that coverage must be accompanied by meaningful access to a provider,” said Senator Hernandez. “Unfortunately, millions of Californians in the Medi-Cal program lack that access because we pay providers an embarrassingly low rate. A Medi-Cal card needs to be more than an empty promise.”    


Legislation Aims to Improve Student Achievement, Health Through Innovative Improvements to School Breakfast

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(SACRAMENTO, CA) - With a single piece of legislation, AB 1240, state legislators took a bold step today to boost academic performance, revitalize California’s limited school breakfast program and more effectively manage existing funding. AB 1240, introduced by Assemblymembers  Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) and Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond), calls for  practical fixes to improve access to the  school breakfast program and ensure more students start their school day well-nourished and ready to learn.

“Even students with the best teachers and curriculum will struggle to learn if they come to school hungry,” said Assemblymember Rob Bonta. “Research has consistently shown that hungry kids can’t focus at school, making it difficult for them to be productive and engaged students. By giving students the basic opportunity to nourish themselves and thrive in a positive educational environment, AB 1240 offers a simple solution to help address California’s achievement gap.”


Boys And Men Of Color Select Committee To Be Chaired By Bonta And Jones-Sawyer

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Speaker appoints Assemblymembers Bonta and Jones-Sawyer, Sr. to chair committee to improve the lives of boys and men of color

(Oakland, CA) Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is proud to announce that Speaker Toni Atkins appointed him Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color in California, alongside Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer, Sr. (D- Los Angeles).

As the first and only Filipino American ever elected to serve in the California State Legislature and as a father raising a son of Black Puerto Rican, Asian, and European heritage, Bonta is personally invested in and committed to improving the life outcomes of young boys and men of color: “One of my first acts as an Assemblymember was to request to serve as a member on the Select Committee and I’ve been an active participant over the past two years under the skilled stewardship of former Assemblymember Steven Bradford. I’m honored to continue his work, as well as the strong leadership of my predecessor in the Assembly, former Assemblymember Sandré R. Swanson, who created the Select Committee over four years ago. 


Bonta, Alejo, and Low Join Jose Antonio Vargas to Promote New Immigration Programs for APIs

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Vargas says getting his license was the “happiest day” of his life

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Jose Antonio Vargas presents his new driver’s license to the crowd during Tuesday’s press conference at the State Capitol.

(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymembers Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Evan Low (D-San Jose), and Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) were honored this week to welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and the founder of Define American, Jose Antonio Vargas, to the State Capitol to highlight why the Safe and Responsible Driver Act (AB 60) and the President’s Immigration Accountability Executive Action are important to the Asian Pacific Islander community.


Bonta Encouraged by Governor Brown’s Budget Proposal

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(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) issued the following statement after the release of Governor Brown’s 2015/2016 Budget Proposal:

Today Governor Jerry Brown marks his historic fourth term with a forward thinking budget that I am confident will benefit the people of Oakland, Alameda, San Leandro, and the entire State of California.


Assembly Speaker and Bonta Introduce Bill to Improve Medi-Cal

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(SACRAMENTO, CA)- Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Assemblymember Rob Bonta, Chair of the Assembly Health Committee, announced today they are introducing legislation regarding Medi-Cal. The bill, AB 72, requires the Department of Health Care Services to request that the federal government establish a demonstration project to improve delivery of services in California's Medi-Cal program.  An important goal of the new demonstration project will be to protect the state's safety net of health care providers and to develop innovative ways to deliver quality health care.


Chairs of Legislative Health Committees Express Alarm After Denti-Cal Audit

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Senator Ed Hernández, Chair of Senate Health Committee, and Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), newly appointed Chair of the Assembly Health Committee, issued the following statements after reviewing a recent audit by the Bureau of State Audits detailing failures in California’s Denti-Cal program.

“Protecting the basic health care needs of our children should be a top priority for our state, and the findings of the audit are alarming,” Bonta explained. “My colleagues and I are closely reviewing each of the audit recommendations to determine how to correct these problems going forward, ensuring that our children are provided with high-quality dental care.”


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