Los Angeles, CA – Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) has introduced Assembly Bill 908 to extend the length of time a worker can receive paid family leave insurance payments and increase the rate of wage replacement to allow California’s lowest income workers to use the program when a family member falls ill or to bond with a new child, without the risk of financial hardship.
“As a child, I spent seven days in the hospital with pneumonia and nearly bankrupted my family,” said Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez. “Between lost wages for missing work and the cost of my medical bills, my parents were barely able to make ends meet. I introduced AB 908 to provide California families with a Paid Family Leave program that works for all income levels. My bill will raise the wage replacement rate and extend the number of weeks off for family care.”
Although February has come and gone, it was full of excitement and victories for our district. In the Capitol, my staff and I worked around the clock to make sure we met all of the deadlines to introduce new legislation. I introduced a wide range of bills, including AB 1431 to provide better access to affordable housing, AB 1251 to revitalize the Los Angeles River through greenway projects, AB 88 to provide tax exemptions for energy efficient home appliances, AB 581 to reinvest and repair our state facilities and AB 1560 to prevent discrimination against undocumented children.
Our state and communities face a housing crisis. Over the past several months and years, we have seen the cost of owning and renting a home here in Northeast and East Los Angeles drastically increase. That is why today, I joined Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins here in the 51st Assembly District - Northeast Los Angeles - to announce a comprehensive bill package that would create more affordable housing in California.
Since the new Legislative Session began, my staff and I have hit the ground running, working on bills to better the lives of all Californians.
I was recently appointed by Assembly Speaker Atkins as Chair of the Assembly Appropriations Committee. This is a very important assignment as the committee reviews any bill that has a potential fiscal impact on the state budget. As chair, I am responsible for making sure the Legislature passes bills that are sound, responsible and affordable. I am honored to be tasked with this responsibility and look forward to the challenge.
It has been a great first term in office! In my first two years, I have dealt with a broad range of issues such as the need for good business practices, local control of massage businesses, and access to education for all who live in our state. Last year, the Governor signed all 10 of my bills that passed the legislature. This year, I had even better success by having all 13 of my bills that passed the Senate and Assembly signed by the Governor!
Sacramento, CA - Assembly Bill 1627, authored by Assembly Majority Whip Jimmy Gomez (D-Northeast Los Angeles) was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.
AB 1627, requires any non-government entity providing vehicle registration services licensed by the California Department of Motor Vehicles to disclose to consumers that the same services are available through the DMV without any additional charges.
SACRAMENTO, CA: Governor Brown has signed into law Assembly Bill 2000, a bill by Assembly
Majority Whip Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) that would extend the number of immigrant
students who qualify for in-state college tuition.
In 2001, the State Legislature passed and Governor Davis signed AB 540, a bill that allowed
immigrant students to qualify for in-state tuition rates if they attended three years of high
school in California and graduated. However, some fast-excelling students who graduate early
are finding that they do not qualify for these benefits based on a technicality.
Rebates received by homeowners for replacing their lawns with drought-tolerant landscaping will not be counted as income, according to a bill authored by a Los Angeles lawmaker and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday.
By not being taxed on the rebate, which can range as much as $3,000, more people will take advantage of turf-removal incentives being offered by cities and local water districts and help save water during the state’s severe drought, said Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, D-Los Angeles.
Sacramento – Facing the possibility of a fourth year of dried up rivers and near empty lakes, Governor Brown signed into law a measure to protect owners from being taxed on turf removal rebates.
The measure, Assembly Bill 2434 by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez, (D-Los Angeles) will now protect home and business owners who have received a rebate to offset the costs of removing their water consuming lawns and replacing them with drought resistant plants or landscaping.
SACRAMENTO, CA: Assembly Bill 1147, a bill by Assembly Majority Whip Jimmy Gomez (D-Los
Angeles) that will overhaul California’s existing massage therapy law became law today with
Governor Brown’s signature.
“This fundamental reform is long overdue and addresses multiple issues plaguing the
massage therapy industry that affect communities all over California where illegitimate
massage businesses exist,” said Assemblymember Gomez. “AB 1147 will now put land use authority
back in the hands of local governments, where it belongs, so human trafficking and other illicit
activity can be eradicated.’’