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SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D-West Covina) honored Azusa resident and Vietnam veteran, Raymond Chavira as the 48th Assembly District’s Veteran of the Year.
“Mr. Chavira exemplifies true leadership and selflessness. He knows firsthand the struggles and challenges that our veterans face after returning home and has dedicated his life to mentoring others in need,” said Assemblymember Hernández. “I am proud to recognize him not only for his valiant military service, but also for his commitment to public service and the veteran community of the San Gabriel Valley.”
SACRAMENTO, CA — Today, Assembly Bill 622 by Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D – West Covina) passed the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee on a 4-1 vote.
AB 622 limits the misuse of E-Verify by prohibiting employers from using E-Verify in a manner not prescribed by federal law. In addition, AB 622 creates financial and civil penalties for employers who break the law, clarifies the “tentative non-confirmation” notification process for businesses and workers, and creates grounds to prohibit employers from verifying existing workers.
Sacramento, CA – Today,Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D-West Covina) issued the following statement regarding the approved budget which reflects California’s priority to restore funding for older education programs.
“This budget bill contains our shared value of recognizing seniors as life-long learners which merit state investment. While the focus is always on the big picture when it comes to reconciling a $115 billion budget, we must not lose sight of the many wonderful programs that enrich and improve the lives of Californians,” stated Assemblymember Hernández.
SACRAMENTO, CA —Today, Assemblymember Roger Hernández issued the following statement regarding the California Labor Commission ruling.
“On June 3rd, the California Labor Commission ruled that Uber drivers are employees and not contractors, as the ride-sharing service has maintained. This is a huge victory for Uber drivers and workers across the state, as the misclassification of employees as contractors is not limited to Uber or the “sharing economy”.
Baldwin Park, CA – Today,Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D-West Covina) held a press conference to discuss the importance of keeping older adult education programs a priority in the state budget. Hundreds of supporters came to voice the need to maintain programs which are vital to the success of California’s diverse and multigenerational population available to our senior community throughout the state.
According to the California Department of Aging, almost one in five Californians will be over age 65 by 2030. With a large generation of baby boomers beginning to retire, older adult programs are instrumental to help keep seniors active and healthy in our communities while also providing societal savings in medical costs.
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D-West Covina) authored Assembly Bill 278 to ensure local governments remain accountable to the people who voted them into office. The legislation has now cleared the Assembly and it heads to the Senate. AB 278 requires cities with a population of 100,000 or more to elect members of the city council by district, not in at-large elections. "AB 278 empowers all communities to elect their own voice, their own advocate, their own council member,” says Assemblymember Hernández. “In turn decisions made by the council will more likely represent the needs of all its residents.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
Baldwin Park, CA – Assemblymember Roger Hernández met with over 100 community members in Baldwin Park on Saturday, May 30th to discuss the State’s budget and legislation affecting our communities. Attendees asked questions about legislation in Sacramento, shared ideas for community improvements, and learned about resources available at the district office.
“It is important to be able to connect our local communities to what is happening in Sacramento. These events allow our constituents to have an active role in pending legislation and share their concerns with our local partners, elected officials and business community,” stated Assemblymember Hernández. “It takes collaboration and active participation to be able to bring solutions here at home.”
SACRAMENTO — Amid widespread criticism of Southern California Edison's recent decision to outsource highly-sensitive information technology work, Assembly Bill (AB) 853 by Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D –West Covina) passed the California State Assembly today. AB 853 will protect sensitive work related to California's energy infrastructure from outsourcing.
"Protecting the security of our nuclear, electric and natural gas utility systems, as well as the privacy of ratepayer personal information, is of utmost importance to our state," stated Assemblymember Hernández. "However, recent events have raised significant concerns regarding such important work being outsourced to other countries, jeopardizing California jobs, privacy and security."
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 off the Assembly Floor today with overwhelming bipartisan support. Assembly Bill 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. It also adds two additional members to the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission to include a veteran with knowledge about veterans’ mental health issues and a person with knowledge and experience in reducing mental health disparities.
The California Latino Legislative Caucus honored 12-year-old Blanca Ramirez at the 14th annual Latino Spirit Awards Ceremony. Blanca received the Dynamic Youth Award.
“Blanca’s discipline and steadfast determination is motivating individuals around the globe to complete their own marathons no matter the age,” Assemblyman Roger Hernandez said in a statement. “She is living proof that you are never too young to make a difference and pursue your dreams.”