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Picture a hospital with no doctors or nurses but state of the art equipment; or a school with high-tech computers and smart boards but no teachers or support staff. Is this what the cable act intended when it restricted how Public Education and Government fees could be spent by community media centers like CreaTV San Jose? All cameras, no staff? That's the way it is now, but it doesn't make sense.
Fortunately, there's a simple fix.
Earlier this year, California Assemblymember Roger Hernandez authored AJR 39, a joint resolution that encourages Congress to lift the restriction on how municipalities can spend the PEG fees, rent paid by cable systems for using the public rights of way. Federal law restricts the use of these funds to capital expenditures. As a result, hundreds of media centers across the country like our own CreaTV San Jose are seriously hobbled. The resolution passed overwhelmingly out of the Assembly and State Senate and has been sent to our congressional delegation.
AB 2088 Would Require Large Employers to Provide Comprehensive Health Insurance
SACRAMENTO - Today, Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D – West Covina) announced AB 2088 passed the Assembly Floor on a 54-25 concurrence vote. AB 2088 protects California workers by prohibiting an insurer from selling a limited benefit health plan to a large employer unless the plan is supplemental to a comprehensive health plan. This bill makes standards for health insurance sold to large employers similar to the standards for the insurance sold to individuals and small employers.
“I want to thank my colleagues for the support and helping move this bill to Governor Brown for his consideration. Most large employers do the right thing and buy comprehensive coverage for their workers, but given the federal employer contribution and potential penalties some employers and insurers may be tempted to pass off limited benefit coverage as meeting the individual mandate. This bill closes a loophole by ensuring that a limited benefit health plan can only be sold as supplemental to a comprehensive insurance coverage,” stated Hernández.
AB 1897 Holds Employers Accountable in the Subcontracted Economy
SACRAMENTO —Today, Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D –West Covina) announced that AB 1897 passed the Assembly Floor on a 47-24 concurrence vote. The bill now moves to Governor Brown for his consideration. This Assembly Bill provides protections to temporary workers when companies use staffing agencies and other labor contractors to supply workers.
“This bill has carried so much passion on both sides of the aisle this year, I have worked with various stakeholders to protect workers and above all the business community. I want to thank my colleagues for their support on this important measure. Currently, unscrupulous employers are utilizing the subcontracted model commonly known as ‘perma-temps’ to avoid accountability in the workplace. Many times, the employer and the staffing agencies are able to avoid responsibility to the worker, leaving the worker without any rights to hold either party accountable if a labor violation arises,” stated Hernández.
AB 2706 Would Reduce Eligible but Uninsured Children
SACRAMENTO —Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D – West Covina) announced the passage of Assembly Bill 2706 off the Assembly Floor on a concurrence vote. This Assembly Bill seeks to reduce the number of eligible but uninsured children by offering parents or legal guardians information about health care coverage options and enrollment assistance upon enrolling their child into school.
“Year after year, parents take crucial first steps in the education of their children with the enrollment in preschool or kindergarten. By providing parents with the tools to empower them, we not only provide resources, but we secure a healthy long-term relationship for our children’s future. As we insure our children early on, we promote healthy living and instill a sense of affordable health care for parents,” stated Hernández.
AB 2062 Would Provide Patient Protections against Hospital Infections
SACRAMENTO —Today, Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D –West Covina) announced that AB 2062 passed the Assembly Floor on a 76-0 concurrence vote. This bill establishes minimum education and certification standards for surgical technologists.
“Surgical technologists are the only team members of an operating room that are unregulated by the State of California. This lack of regulation results in a greater risk of patient harm. This bill will provide patients with peace of mind knowing that a member of the team has the basic skills and training to perform adequately during a delicate medical procedure,” stated Hernández.
A bill that would punish California employers for labor violations committed by their subcontractors is being called unnecessary by Fresno business groups.
Assembly Member Roger Hernandez, D-West Covina, introduced Assembly Bill 1897 as a way to hold employers accountable for serious worker's rights violations such as wage theft — a common problem in low-wage fields including agriculture.
AB 2074 Holds Employers Accountable when they pay employees below minimum wage
SACRAMENTO —The Governor today signed Assembly Bill 2074, authored by Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D –West Covina). This Assembly Bill provides protections to minimum wage workers when companies pay below the amount required by law.
“Wage theft is a serious problem for the lowest paid workers in our state. California can lead by example with strong disincentives for employers that break the law, and pay their employees below minimum wage. Victims of these crimes deserve our support and a fair and effective justice system,” stated Hernández.
About 50 people rallied at the state Capitol on Tuesday to show support for legislation that would establish minimum standards for surgical technologists. They are currently the only professionals allowed to work in an operating room without a license or certificate.
There are about 9,400 surgical technologists working in California. Some of them were at the rally, participating in a mock knee operation to strut their stuff and show support for the legislation.
SACRAMENTO — Today, Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D – West Covina) announced Assembly Bill 1973 passed the Senate Floor on a 32-0 bi-partisan vote. AB 1973 elevates the recognition of Native American Day from a proclamation to an official state holiday, recognized annually on the fourth Friday of September.
“I want to thank my colleagues in both chambers for their support of this bill. It is an honor for this bill to move one step closer in becoming law and recognizing Native Americans in California. As with any recognized holiday, Californians will be able to share, celebrate and honor the contributions of Native Americans across this state. This measure recognizes the significant role of California's native peoples by establishing an official, unpaid state holiday,” stated Hernández.
The measure marks the largest investment in decades in the state's water infrastructure and is designed to build reservoirs, clean up contaminated groundwater and promote water-saving technologies.
It replaces an existing water bond that was approved by a previous Legislature but was widely considered too costly and too bloated with pork-barrel projects to win favor with voters.