Bills aim to protect fundamental voting rights and increase civic participation
Sacramento, CA – Three election bills, authored by Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D-West Covina) have passed out of the Assembly Committee on Elections and Redistricting. Communities across our state still face challenges as they exercise the right to vote, this comprehensive legislative package addresses access to civic engagement, increases voter turnout and encourages geographic representation.
The Committee passed closely watched legislation by Hernández, Assembly Bill (AB) 278, which requires district-based method of elections for cities whose population meets or exceeds 100,000 residents as of the federal decennial census. The bill also addresses deficiencies in the public outreach process by creating a process that is more transparent and inclusive for participation from community members.
Bills aimed to secure accountability of public funding used to run charter schools and afford employee rights to collective bargaining
Sacramento, CA – Today, Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D-West Covina) joined Senators Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), and Assemblymember Mike Gibson (D-Carson), along with educators and supporters representing the California Teachers Association, the California Federation of Teachers, the California Labor Federation, and educators from California charter schools at a news conference to unveil legislation aimed at increasing school accountability, transparency and ensure unbiased access to all students.
Last month, Hernández introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 787that will protect California’s public school employees by ensuring their right to unionize and ensuring that California taxpayer dollars stay in the classroom.
(Sacramento) – On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D-West Covina) joined other legislators on the steps of the State Capitol to discuss legislation written to protect voters’ rights and ensure fair elections. Assemblymember Hernández says he authored Assembly Bill 278, which requires district-based elections for cities whose population meets or exceeds 100,000 residents, because “District-based elections benefit voters by ensuring that every community is represented on their city council.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D-West Covina) was recognized on Monday as a champion for the children’s health coverage movement by the California Coverage and Health Initiatives (CCHI).
Last year, Governor Brown signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 2706, which 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.
West Covina,CA – On Monday during an Assembly floor session, Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D-West Covina) awarded long-time educator and administrator, Victoria Fisher the 2015 Woman of the Year Award on behalf of the 48th Assembly District. Mrs. Fisher began her career as a Catholic nun. She taught for nine years in parochial schools prior to entering public education. Her love for students inspired her to continue her journey as an educator and administrator for 39 years in the Hacienda-La Puente, Santa Ana and Rowland Unified school districts.
“It is my distinct honor to be able to present the 2015 Woman of the Year Award to Mrs. Vicky Fisher as a longtime leader and inspirational mentor to her community,” stated Hernández. “Her philosophy to education has influenced many, including myself, to be able to continue my own passion as a public leader.”
AB 430 adopts audit findings to address transparency and oversight of LA County trauma and emergency services funding
SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D-West Covina) introduced Assembly Bill 430, which implements the California State Auditor’s recommendations to provide greater fiscal stewardship, transparency and oversight of Measure B funding decisions.
Specifically, the bill requires Los Angeles County to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the County’s trauma network and requires the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors to re-establish the Measure B Oversight Committee as it has not revisited its allocation of Measure B funds in over a decade.
AB 393 aims to assist veteran students enrolling in community colleges
SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D – West Covina) introduced AB 393, which establishes a competitive grant program to fund Veteran Resource Centers (VRCs) in California’s Community College system.
“A 2014 report released by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office found that Veteran Resource Centers are integral in assessing and responding to the unique needs of veteran students,” said Assemblymember Hernández. “Veteran students should have one place on each campus to receive assistance. I am especially concerned that my constituents in the San Gabriel Valley have access to only a few VRCs.”
AB 278 will require cities with a population of 100,000 or more residents to conduct district based elections.
SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D – West Covina) introduced AB 278 that requires district-based method of elections for cities whose population meets or exceeds 100,000 residents as of the federal decennial census.
“District-based elections benefit voters by ensuring that every community is represented on their city council. This in turn, makes an equitable distribution of resources more likely,” said Hernández. “Every voter will know which council member they can petition and hold accountable.”
AB 246 would safeguard law enforcement officials from individuals targeting them for killings
Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Roger Hernández introduced legislation last Friday, AB 246, that will define “hate crimes” to include the assassination or the attempted assassination of a peace officer. The legislation stems from Assemblymember Hernández‘s personal family experience when his brother, Gilbert Hernández, was involved in a shooting that targeted police officers.
“Police officers across our state put their lives at risk daily when they proudly put on their uniform,” said Assemblymember Hernández. “No one should be targeted simply for wearing a badge. AB 246 will send a loud and clear message: we value our law enforcement officers as those who stand between our families and those who wish to harm them.”
AB 248 ensures all plans sold in California offer comprehensive health coverage
SACRAMENTO, CA—Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D –West Covina) introduced Assembly Bill248that will protect Californiaworkers by requiring large employers to offer only comprehensive health insurance to their employees. Specifically, AB 248 would prohibit health plans or insurers from offering large employers coverage unless it is 60% minimum value or higher.
Under federal and state law this is already required of individuals and small employers but not for large employers. This bill closes that loophole by ensuring that a limited benefit health plan can only be sold as supplemental comprehensive insurance coverage.