SACRAMENTO, CA: Assembly Bill 2000, a bill by Assembly Majority Whip Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) that would extend in-state college tuition rates to “AB 540” students who graduate early, moved on to the Governor’s desk today with bipartisan support.
“I’m very proud to see my colleagues in the Assembly stand up for the rights of dedicated students who are being unfairly penalized, due to a technicality. AB 2000 closes the gap to ensure a smooth transition for ‘AB 540’ students who are working hard for their education and their future,” Assemblymember Gomez said.
SACRAMENTO, CA: The State Senate voted today to support, AB 2321, a measure by Assembly Majority Whip Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles), that would create a specialty license plate for domestic violence and sexual assault programs and services.
“The point of the specialty license plate is to raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault, while supporting critically needed prevention efforts. Despite the need for program services, there are far too few funds available. California has a responsibility to domestic violence victims to take preventative measures against these crimes.” said Assemblymember Gomez.
SACRAMENTO, CA: Assembly Bill 1951, a bill by Assembly Majority Whip Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) that would modernize California birth certificates by allowing parents to accurately identify their relationship to their children, passed the Assembly today with bipartisan support and is headed to Governor Brown for his signature.
“California leads the way in the struggle for equality, this bill ensures our institutions and laws accurately and fairly reflect our evolving society” said Assemblymember Gomez. “AB 1951 acknowledges a same-sex parent and ensures a child’s parent or parents are able to make important decisions regarding health care, education and other critical needs. I urge the Governor to sign this bill into law.”
Today the California State Legislature passed a new water bond to help California. This bond will request approval by the voters for $7.2 billion dollars. This is a leaner and more efficient bond to address California's growing thirst.
I am also pleased to announce this bond will provide funding opportunities for our Los Angeles River revitalization plan through ecosystem restoration and water quality improvement projects; $100 million dollars will be dedicated to enhancement projects for urban creeks.
The passage of this bond shows how the Legislature comes together when it matters for Californians. The lack of rain has made for the worst drought in decades and created the need for Democrats and Republicans to come together regardless of their party.
I am proud to have worked on this water bond that has bipartisan support. For more information please view this video.
Gomez assumes new leadership position under Speaker Atkins
SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement Wednesday as he assumed the role of Majority Whip under newly inaugurated Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins.
“I’m honored to take on the important role of Majority Whip, after serving the first part of my term as Democratic Whip in the Assembly.
LOS ANGELES, CA – The Los Angeles City Council voted today in favor of a resolution to support AB 1951, a bill by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) that would modernize California birth certificates by allowing same-sex parents to accurately identify their relationship to their children.
Currently, birth certificates require parents to select “Mother/Parent” and “Father/Parent’” which at times, forces same-sex parents to inaccurately place a partner’s name in the “father” or “mother” field. AB 1951 would allow each parent to select “Mother,” “Father,” or “Parent.”
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.