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in the birth certificate process, author Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez said reform is needed to correct an unequal and outdated practice.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.
Sacramento, CA – Assembly Bill 238, authored by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Northeast Los Angeles), Democratic Whip and Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Domestic Violence, was signed into law by Governor Brown.
The bill, AB 238, ensures that all Emergency Protective Orders (EPO’s), be entered into the California Restraining and Protection Order System (CARPOS), electronically. The CARPOS program already exists and is run by the California Department of Justice. Law enforcement will now have EPO’s readily available to notify a suspect of domestic violence of a restraining order.
Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Northeast Los Angeles), Democratic Whip and Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Domestic Violence, called to order the first of a series of hearings throughout the state on the issue of domestic violence.
“Our main focus in hosting these select committee hearings is to shed light and awareness on domestic violence.” said Assemblymember Gomez. “Children, teens, mothers, fathers, friends and even co-workers can be affected by what happens when someone is the victim of Domestic Violence. Our goal is to increase prevention and that is only possible with increased information. That’s why we will hold hearings throughout the state to increase public access to information.”
Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez, Principal co-author of Assembly Bill 65, joined Assembly Members from both sides of the aisle to call on Governor Brown to sign the bill into law.
“During my first month in office I pledged to close a loophole in state law that failed to protect victims of rape, and hold rapists accountable” said Assemblymember Gomez. “Assembly Bill 65 will close a loophole in law that was established in 1872, and ensure justice for all victims of rape. I call on Governor Brown to sign this bill into law.”