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.”
SACRAMENTO – The Senate Committee on Public Safety passed a bill authored by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles), which assures that child abuse reports are made by every mandated reporter or by specified healthcare teams.
This bill requires every mandated reporter, who is not a healthcare provider and who has knowledge of suspected child abuse or neglect, to make an individual report in order to close the loophole in the existing law. “This loose reporting requirement in current law has allowed for certain reports to not be filed,” said Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez. “AB 790 takes care of this dangerous problem by requiring specific guidelines to be followed when dealing with this type of team reporting. We cannot not allow any ‘Sandusky’ child abuse incidents to go unreported.”
SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) was successful in calling upon the State Assembly to pass AB 790, which will assure that child abuse reports are made by every mandated reporter.
This bill is critical in maintaining safety among all children. "There is a loophole in the law, which creates a situation where not every mandated reporter is required to report the abuse, suspected abuse or neglect of a child," said Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez. "Our children's wellbeing far outweighs the cost of any bill, and we cannot allow any 'Sandusky' child abuse incidents to go unreported."
Sacramento - Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) was successful in pressing Assembly Bill 790 through the Assembly Public Safety Committee – an important first step in closing a dangerous loophole in the law that allows those entrusted with children's safety to avoid filing reports of child abuse or neglect.
Assemblyman Gomez opened with a statement that "Reporting abuse of a child should not be an option. Every incident of child abuse, sexual abuse or neglect should be reported to the proper authorities, regardless of how many people suspect or saw the abuse."
SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) has been appointed to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy by Speaker John A. Pérez.
“The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy has helped preserve our natural treasures and parkland throughout Southern California, for generations to come,” said Assemblymember Gomez. “I look forward to doing my part in helping the Conservancy fulfill its mission.”