SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) in attendance with the Chair of the Assembly Business and Professions Committee and other leaders today announced agreement on a major reform measure to overhaul California's massage therapy law and return regulatory authority directly to the hands of communities and local government.
The updated Massage Therapy Act of 2014, an amended version of AB 1147 (Gomez), would remove broad restrictions on local government's land use authority so that cities and counties can more effectively zone and regulate massage establishments, and shut them down where there is illegal activity or a threat to health and safety.
"It's time we take back control of our neighborhoods," Assemblymember Gomez said.
"Legitimate massage therapists have a role in our communities. But the current law has allowed criminal elements to hide behind the law and disrupt our communities. This stops now."
In 2008, SB 731 (Oropeza) enacted a voluntary statewide certification process for massage professionals, but effectively hamstrung regulation efforts by local authorities, who have reported a mushrooming of illicit venues in the ensuing years.
The Massage Therapy Act, an issue Assemblymember Gomez has been working on from the beginning of his term, is now authored jointly with Assemblymembers Susan Bonilla and Chris Holden and will be presented later this year's session in the Senate Business and Professions Committee.
The Massage Therapy Act of 2014 will:
Contact: Beige Luciano-Adams, 323-684-8159
SACRAMENTO, CA – A bill (AB 2321) by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) that would fund domestic violence and sexual assault prevention through a specialized license plate program yesterday moved through the Assembly Transportation Committee with strong bipartisan support.
AB 2321 creates a dedicated fund for preventative programs and services through the sale of specialized design license plates, the display of which will in turn raise public awareness to promote healthy, respectful relationships.
(Sacramento) -- Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) has introduced a new measure to return control of where massage parlors are allowed to open to local authorities. Assembly Bill 1147, the Massage Therapy Act of 2014, will return land use authority to cities and counties for siting of "certified-only" massage professionals; reconstitute the Massage Therapy Council; expand the Council's disciplinary authority; and require certification of massage parlor operators.
SACRAMENTO, CA: The Assembly Health Committee today voted to pass a bill that would modernize California’s birth certificate system by ensuring LGBT parents can accurately record their relationships to their children. AB 1951: “Modernizing Birth Certificates,” garnered bipartisan support, and will next move to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
Noting the confusion and lack of dignity same-sex couples experience in the birth certificate process, author Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez said reform is needed to correct an unequal and outdated practice.
LOS ANGELES, CA - Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) on Monday joined his colleagues in casting a unanimous vote for Assemblymember Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) to become the 69th Speaker of the California State Assembly.
Atkins, currently the Majority Leader, had been confirmed months earlier as the Democratic Caucus' unanimous choice to replace Speaker John Perez (D-Los Angeles).
"I want to congratulate my colleague, Assemblymember Toni Atkins, on being elected Speaker by an overwhelming show of support in the Assembly," Gomez said.
LOS ANGELES, CA – Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) on Saturday, March 15, 2014 helped lead a groundbreaking ceremony for Los Angeles State Historic Park – the 32-acre, open-space revitalization project for which he worked to secure $20.8 million in funding.
Acknowledging the 12 years of community discussion and the efforts of other elected officials who came before him, Gomez told the crowd:
LOS ANGELES, CA – In celebration of Women’s History Month, California Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez on Monday, Mar. 10 honored Teresa Palacios as the 51st Assembly District’s Woman of the Year. Palacios is Executive Director of Eastmont Community Center in East Los Angeles.
“There are many women who deserve recognition for their leadership, and Teresa is an obvious choice given her years of service and dedication, through Eastmont and beyond,” Assemblymember Gomez said.
Awards were presented to honorees from each Assembly District during a special floor session.
Los Angeles, CA – Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Northeast Los Angeles) introduced a bill making parental identification on birth certificates gender-neutral, allowing same-sex parents to be treated equally.
“The definition of a family needs to be more flexible, and same-sex parents should not be discriminated against when filling out a birth certificate,” Assemblymember Gomez said.
“Under AB 1951, same-sex parents will be able to accurately identify each parent as Mother, Father or Parent,” Gomez explained.
Sacramento, CA – Assembly Bill 663, authored by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez and sponsored by Equality California and the California Senior Legislature (CSL), was signed by Governor Jerry Brown today. The bill will help ensure lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors get respectful and competent elder care by integrating LGBT cultural competency instruction into the training received by residential care facility administrators.
“Today marks a victory for the ever-growing LGBT population in our state and nation,” said Assemblymember Gomez. “LGBT seniors will now receive the care and respect they deserve. By 2030 there will be an estimated 3 million LGBT seniors in the United States; I am proud that California will lead the nation in preparing our caretakers to properly care for this growing demographic.”
Sacramento, CA – Assembly Bill 663, authored by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Northeast Los Angeles), passed the Senate Floor with bipartisan support and is headed to the Governor’s desk for signature.
The bill, AB 663, would require administrators of Residential care facilities to have an additional training in cultural competency and sensitivity in aging lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender minority issues within the currently existing timeframe of forty hours. Currently law requires administrators to undergo training, on a variety of issues, including business operations and the psychological needs of the facility residents.