SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, the California Legislative Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Caucus elected Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) to serve as Chair and Senator Ricardo Lara (D- Bell Gardens) to serve as Vice Chair.
"I am honored that my colleagues have elected me as the next LGBT Caucus Chair and I thank Assemblymember Eggman for her leadership," said Assemblymember Evan Low. "We have a historically high number of 8 members and over the past decades, we have made incredible advances in the fight for equality – from securing same-sex marriage, to increasing advocacy for and visibility of transgender rights, to strengthening our laws and protections in the areas of health care, education, and poverty alleviation. However, this past election serves as a reminder that much more work remains to be done. My colleagues and I are committed to doing everything in our power to ensure California remains a leader in advancing LGBT civil rights protections throughout our State and the nation."
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) issued the following statement after assuming the Chairmanship of the Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee:
“Now, more than ever we need to ensure that we are increasing access to make voting easier for every Californian.” stated Assemblymember Low. “We will not allow anyone to bully or demagogue California or our constituents. I look forward to partnering with progressive leaders - such as Secretary of State Alex Padilla – to fight for the necessary funding and innovations to our electoral system.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) introduced AJR 1 urging Congress to abolish the Electoral College and provide for the direct election of the President and Vice President of the United States by popular vote.
Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen, Assemblymen Evan Low and Bill Dodd, and State Senator Jerry Hill, hailed the passage today of a state law they co-sponsored creating mandatory prison sentences for certain sexual assaults. The measure was inspired by the Brock Turner case.
Sacramento – California Governor Jerry Brown today signed Assembly Bill (AB) 1887, authored by Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) and sponsored by Equality California and the National Center for Lesbian Rights. AB 1887 bans non-essential, state-funded travel by California state employees to North Carolina, Mississippi and other states that enact discriminatory laws after June, 2015. It is similar to executive orders and local ordinances already in place in New York State, Baltimore, San Francisco and elsewhere. However, it expands on these executive orders because it applies to states that enact new anti-LGBT laws in the future.
(SACRAMENTO)- Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) will attend a meeting between United States Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden and Silicon Valley business leaders in San Jose to discuss how employers can play a role in President Obama's America's College Promise initiative to make the first two years of community college free for responsible students.
SACRAMENTO— Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) released the following statement regarding the resignation of UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi:
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) and Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) issued the following statement regarding Dell Inc.’s decision to lay off their janitors at a Santa Clara office building:
(Los Angeles) — Assemblymember Evan Low (Silicon Valley) joined Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount), Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León, Members of the state legislature and California's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, Equality California, to remember the lives cut short by the recent gun violence in Orlando, Florida. A member of the Legislative LGBT Caucus, Assemblymember Low stated “we will continue to advocate for the rights and dignity of our humanity….We stand here today as a coalition to say enough is enough!” Hear his full remarks in this Assembly Access video.
Unanimous 6-0 Vote in Senate Public Safety Committee
SACRAMENTO – AB 2888, by State Legislators Asm. Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley), Asm. Bill Dodd (D-Napa) and Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo and Santa Clara), passed the State Senate Public Safety Committee today by a unanimous 6-0 vote. The bill will ensure that anyone convicted of sexual assault in California cannot be sentenced to probation. The legislators worked with Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen in crafting the proposal. The bill next goes to the Senate Appropriations Committee for a hearing in August. “I’d like to thank Chairwoman Hancock and the Committee members for their vote today. Rapists like Brock Turner shouldn’t be let off with a slap on the wrist,” said Assemblymember Evan Low. “Judge Persky’s ruling was unjustifiable and morally wrong, however, under current state law it was within his discretion. While we can’t go back and change what happened, we can make sure it never happens again.”