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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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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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