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(Sacramento, CA) - Today on the Assembly Floor, Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D – Oakland) presented Senate Bill 396 (De León), which would repeal the unconstitutional language of Proposition 187 from California law. The bill passed the Assembly floor with a vote of 59-1. On behalf of the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Legislative Caucus, Assemblymember Paul Fong (D – San Jose), principal co-author of the measure, made the following statement:
“The Assembly took a historic step today towards removing hateful speech from California law. Immigrants, undocumented or not, are the foundation of this country and of California – they are our doctors, our nurses, our teachers, our mothers, our fathers, our workers, and our care givers. California’s Asian Pacific Islander American community is all of these. When Proposition 187 passed twenty years ago, it was a direct attack on immigrant communities, and the court rightfully found it unconstitutional. Yet this disgraceful language still remains. Today is a day where we finally right a wrong, and remove this stain from our law books.”
The API Legislative Caucus was established in 2001 with the mission of representing and advocating for the diverse interests of California’s API community. Additionally, the Caucus seeks to increase API participation and representation in all levels of government.
“I’m relieved to hear that Mr. Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, was released after being detained earlier today by Border Patrol. This past May, the API Legislative Caucus honored Jose Antonio Vargas for his unwavering commitment and tireless work in civil rights and immigration reform, and held a screening of his documentary, Documented. He eloquently highlighted and humanized the challenges and frustrations of our broken immigration system.
(Sacramento, CA) - On behalf of the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Legislative Caucus, Assemblymember Paul Fong (D – San Jose) called for the resignation of Fox TV host Bob Beckel after the host made xenophobic and racist comments on air.
During a broadcast of The Five on July 10, 2014, Beckel stated that, “Chinese are the single biggest threat to the national security of the U.S…..As usual, we bring them over here and teach a bunch of Chinamen – err, Chinese people – how to do computers and then they go back to China and hack into us.”
(Sacramento, CA) – In honor of the California State Legislature’s Veterans Recognition Luncheon today, Assemblymember Paul Fong (D – San Jose) recognized Glenn Fortin of Sunnyvale as the 28th Assembly District’s Veteran of the Year. Mr. Fortin served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1975 to 1983, and then in the United States Army Reserve from 1983 to 1984. During his service, he was meritoriously promoted to Sergeant.
“I’m proud to recognize Glenn Fortin as the 28th Assembly District’s Veteran of the Year,” said Assemblymember Fong. “Not many people know this, but Glenn and I played football together at Sunnyvale High School. Since then, Glenn has dedicated his life to public service. I’m grateful to Glenn for his friendship and his work in our community.”
Sacramento, CA – The Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus today recognized Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month in California with the adoption of Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 133, authored by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D – Oakland). Awards were presented to distinguished Asian & Pacific Islander Americans during a special floor ceremony today dedicated to honoring leaders who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of civil rights, education, labor, law, public service, and sports.
“The API Heritage Month honorees this year exemplify the passion and the talent within the growing Asian Pacific Islander American community,” said chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus Assemblymember Paul Fong (D – San Jose). “This group of diverse and extraordinary leaders empowers the APIA community in California and in this country. I thank them for their tremendous contributions and service to the community and abroad.”
Legislation Part of Elections Reform Package
(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Paul Fong (D – San Jose), chair of the Committee on Elections and Redistricting, announced campaign finance reform legislation today that would strengthen penalties against candidates who improperly use campaign funds for personal use. Currently, individuals who misuse campaign funds can be fined up to $5,000 per violation. Under AB 2692, candidates would be required to repay the value of the personal benefit received, in addition to any fines that are levied.
“As chair of the Elections and Redistricting Committee, I am committed to ensuring the integrity in our elections and the use of campaign funds,” said Assemblymember Fong. “A candidate who misuses campaign funds for personal purposes should not be able to keep the benefits of that illegal conduct. AB 2692 closes that loophole.”
PHOTOS: Photos of marine life injured and killed in California’s drift gillnets can be seen here. The vast majority of these images are publically released for the first time by Oceana, who recently obtained them via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). These disturbing images of maimed and dead ocean wildlife—including endangered species—clearly illustrate the need for California to join the rest of the West Coast and many other regions across the globe in replacing drift gillnets with cleaner fishing gear.
(Sacramento, CA)- Assemblymember Paul Fong (D-San Jose) introduced Assembly Bill 2019 today to end the indiscriminate capture and killing of marine wildlife such as whales, dolphins, sea lions, sea turtles, and sharks, in mile-long drift gillnets off California's coast. Assemblymember Marc Levine (D – San Rafael) is a joint author of the legislation, and Assembly Mark Stone (D – Monterey Bay) is a principal co-author.
(Mountain View, CA) – The Assembly Select Committee on California’s High Technology, chaired by Assemblymember Paul Fong (D-San Jose), held an informational hearing yesterday afternoon on the impact Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs) have on businesses and the economy. Panelists included leading patent law experts, the California Attorney General’s Office, as well as representatives from Netflix, California Medical Association, California Restaurant Association, Google, and other impacted businesses.
A White House report on Patent Assertion and U.S. Innovation found that the number of lawsuits brought by PAEs have tripled in the last two years, rising from 29 percent of all infringement suits to 62 percent of all infringement suits. Lawsuits brought by PAEs impact businesses across industry lines and range from major corporations to small businesses and start-ups.
SACRAMENTO— Assemblymember Paul Fong (D-Cupertino) announced that Assembly Bill (AB) 1358, a measure to assist California Community College students to establish and sustain a statewide student organization was signed by the Governor.
“Despite having over 2.4 million students attending California’s community college system, our students do not have a sustainable statewide student organization like their counterparts at the CSU and the UC,” said Assemblymember Fong. “I am pleased that the governor has signed a measure which will empower our community college students to ensure that their voices are part of the democratic process.”
SACRAMENTO—Assemblymember Paul Fong (D-Cupertino) announced that Assembly Bill (AB) 552, a measure to expedite the process for the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) to collect unpaid fines and penalties and AB 1090, a measure to improve enforcement of the state's conflict of interest laws, were signed by the Governor today.
“The Fair Political Practices Commission is responsible for enforcing the state’s most important public ethics law, the Political Reform Act” said Assemblymember Fong. “I am pleased that the Governor has signed both measures which strengthens the Commission's enforcement authority and provide resources to ensure that those who violate the public trust are held accountable.”