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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Bonta Introduces Legislation Establishing Larry Itliong Day in California

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(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) announced today that he has introduced AB 7, a bill honoring Larry Itliong, as his first piece of legislation during his second term in office.  AB 7 will establish Larry Itliong Day as a day of special significance in California.  Itliong, a Filipino American labor organizer and farm worker, was the leading force behind the Delano Grape Strike of 1965, a pivotal event which led to the formation of the United Farm Workers of America.  AB 7 requires the Governor to annually proclaim the birthdate of the great labor organizer, October 25, as Larry Itliong Day.  It also encourages public schools and other educational institutions to observe the date by incorporating lessons to remember Itliong’s life and contributions to California.

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Governor Signs Bonta’s AB 1271 on Post-Violence Services for Students

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(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) announced today that Governor Brown has signed 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.  The legislation was introduced in response to young students’ comments made at hearings for the Select Committee on Gun Violence in the East Bay, in which they expressed concern over the lack of mental health services for students after violent incidents.  Bonta also stated he wanted to take a stand against the 15 recorded school shootings that have occurred since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

“All forms of violence, such gun violence and bullying, have become a tragic fact of life for children in districts such as my own 18th.  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 pupils,” said Assemblymember Bonta.

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Governor Signs Bonta Bill Increasing Access to Advanced Telecommunications Networks

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(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) announced today that Governor Brown has signed 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.  Local communities will now be able to use infrastructure financing districts, a funding mechanism that requires voter approval, for use in communitywide infrastructure and financing projects.  The bill had strong bipartisan support throughout the legislative process.

“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,” said Assemblymember Bonta.

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California on Right Side of History: Governor Signs Bonta Bill to Reduce HIV/AIDS Transmission in Prisons and Throughout California

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AB 966 Expands Statewide Successful Condom Distribution
Program in Prison to Protect Public Health

(OAKLAND, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is proud to announce that Governor Brown signed his bill to reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS and other STDs in prisons and communities throughout California.

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Governor Signs AB 1610 to Assist Victims of Human Trafficking

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(Oakland, CA) – Assemblymember Bonta is happy to announce that over the weekend, Governor Brown signed his bill to preserve the testimony of witnesses in human trafficking cases.

“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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Governor Signs 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 proud to announce that Governor Brown signed AB 1629, which expands 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. "Under the existing California Victims Compensation Fund model, intervention specialists providing counseling to victims of domestic and sexual violence are reimbursed through the fund. However, peer counseling for victims of other violent crimes, including gun-related crimes, is not reimbursed through the program. AB 1629 fixes this problem.

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