AB 253 focuses on reducing mental health disparities in underserved, racial and ethnic communities
SACRAMENTO — Legislation authored by Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D-West Covina) to aid veterans and reduce health disparities among California’s diverse communities, passed out of the Committee on Housing and Community Development yesterday with bipartisan support. Assembly Bill (AB) 253 would strengthen the expertise of the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission and bolster the link between bond funds that can be used for veteran housing and mental health services.
The bill requires the state departments administering funds from Proposition 41, the Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act of 2014, to give a preference to applicants when the applicant can demonstrate a multiyear commitment of Proposition 63 funding, the Mental Health Services Act.
AB 837 would save $80 million that could be used to prevent proposed tuition hikes
SACRAMENTO — Today, Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D-West Covina) announced that Assembly Bill (AB) 837 passed out of the Committee on Higher Education with bipartisan support. AB 837 would cap the gross salaries of all University of California (UC) employees at $500,000 while enhancing transparency and public reporting around UC compensation.
“Less spending on UC’s bloated executive ranks means more resources will be available for students,” said Hernández. “This bill is directed towards a very small percentage of UC employees that take up a large portion of the UC budget, student funds and taxpayer dollars.”
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.”