Evaluating California’s Bail System
(Oakland, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color, brought together experts, officials, and community members to evaluate the implementation of Prop 47, the criminal justice reform initiative. “When it comes to addressing some of the most critical racial, economic, and social justice issues of our time, Prop 47 was an absolutely transformative step,” said Assemblymember Bonta. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) - As hundreds of immigrant rights activists and their families rallied at the State Capitol, Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) presented his historic Transparent Review of Unjust Transfers and Holds (TRUTH) Act (Assembly Bill 2792) to the California State Assembly. The TRUTH Act puts a stop to controversial deportation tactics used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that are tearing apart families and fueling distrust of law enforcement. “Today is the 20th Annual Immigrant Day at the State Capitol—more than 600 advocates travelled from across the state to make their voices heard,” Assemblymember Bonta told his colleagues. “I want each and every one of them to know that I hear their voices, and my colleagues in the Assembly hear their voices. And, today, we made our commitment to immigrant communities clear by passing the TRUTH Act.” AB 2792 was approved and sent to the Senate. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) – With National Gun Violence Awareness Day approaching on June 2nd, Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, several other Assembly Democratic lawmakers, and supporters gathered for a news conference in the State Capitol to discuss gun violence and pending gun related legislation. Assemblymember Bonta authored Assembly Bill 1695 to stop illegal “straw” firearm purchases. “I am tired of visiting classrooms and watching as all of the students raise their hands when asked if they know someone who has been shot,” said Assemblymember Bonta. “Gun violence is tearing apart our communities and traumatizing entire generations. With this package of bills, California is taking action to protect our kids.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
(Oakland) – California State Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) gathered with Asian Pacific Islander (API) leaders at a press conference in Oakland to discuss his legislation, Assembly Bill 1726. AB 1726 also known as the Accounting for Health and Education in Asian Pacific Islander Demographics Act (the AHEAD Act), aims to bring greater accuracy to the collection of health and education data of the API population, by looking at differences in data collected for different sub-groups within the API community. Currently, much of the data collected, lumps different API communities together as one. Assemblymember Bonta hopes AB 1726 will bring clarity regarding distinct issues peoples from different API subcultures face. Watch this Assembly Access Video to hear a portion of the press conference.
Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) joined immigrant, civil rights, and labor groups for a news conference to unveil legislation to address controversial deportation tactics by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that continue to thrust local law enforcement into the role of federal deportation agents.
(Sacramento) – Led by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Chair of the Assembly Public Health and Developmental Services Committee and Co-Chair of the Conference Committee in the Second Extraordinary Session, the State Assembly has approved historic legislation to restructure the state’s MCO tax (ABx2-1 and SBx2-2). “This vote was the result of months of negotiations, and once again proved that politics is the art of the possible,” said Assemblymember Bonta. “California’s existing MCO tax needed to be restructured, and I’m thrilled that we accomplished this goal while also providing critical funding for Medi-Cal, developmental disability services, and Distinct Part Skilled Nursing Facilities.” Both bills are now headed to the Governor's desk. Learn more in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) - California State Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is pleased with Governor Jerry Brown's State of the State Speech. However, Assemblymember Bonta, Chair of the Assembly Health Committee and the Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color, says we need to do more to ensure the safety of our citizens, especially in our most vulnerable neighborhoods.
"Today, Governor Brown shared his vision for California's future. I believe we should start by keeping our children and our communities safe. Oakland was home to 89 murders last year-among the highest rates in the state. We must end these heart-rending killings of our youth and our community members. In response, today I introduced a bill to stem the flow of firearms onto our streets. I also strongly believe that our zip codes shouldn't dictate our destiny. That's why I authored AB 1644 to combat one of the greatest public health crises of our time: adverse childhood experiences and trauma."
Assemblymember Bonta made these comments immediately after Governor Brown delivered his annual State of the State Address to a joint session of the State Legislature.
Watch this Assembly Access Video to hear more of Assemblymember Bonta's remarks. http://www.asmdc.org/Bonta