Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount), Budget Committee Chair Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) and the Chairs of the five budget subcommittee met with the media today to discuss the Assembly budget Read More
SACRAMENTO – Friday, September 23, 2016 – Today Assemblymember Jones Sawyer (D-Los Angeles) is proud to announce that Governor Brown signed his bill, AB 1900, which allows for the disposition of the existing San Pedro Courthouse by the Judicial Council.
SACRAMENTO, Calif., – Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law Assembly Bill 2013, by Assembly Member Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr., a measure that extends probable cause determination hearings to out-of-custody defendants charged with a misdemeanor.
Previously, a defendant charged with a misdemeanor could only challenge the probable cause of his/her arrest if that person is currently in custody. If an individual is arrested and released, they cannot challenge the probable cause of their arrest until trial, wasting scarce court, public defender and district attorney resources on a meaningless trial.
SACRAMENTO, Calif., – On August 30th, by a vote of 56-10, the California State Assembly gave final passage to AB 2013 by Assembly member Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr., a bill that extends probable cause determination hearings to out-of-custody defendants.
Under existing law, a defendant can only challenge the probable cause of his/her arrest if that person is currently in custody. If an individual is arrested and released, they cannot challenge the probable cause of their arrest until trial, wasting scare court, public defender and district attorney resources on a meaningless trial.
SACRAMENTO, Calif., – Assembly Bill 2385, by Assembly Member Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer Sr., has successfully passed out of both the California State Senate and State Assembly and is on its way to the Governor's desk. If signed into law, the bill would approve the state licensure of various medical cannabis businesses in the City of Los Angeles.
The City of Los Angeles failed multiple times to regulate medical cannabis, but finally in 2013 it passed Measure D-- a ballot measure that allowed 135 dispensaries, all of which had been in business since 2007, to remain open, while banning others. This measure, however, did not actually permit those 135 dispensaries to operate — which legal experts said, at the time, the city could not do because cannabis remains illegal under federal law. Measure D merely said the city would not prosecute those 135 dispensaries.
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer (D-South Los Angeles) joined Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and several other Assembly Democratic lawmakers for a news conference in the State Capitol to discuss National Gun Violence Awareness Day and pending gun related legislation. “As Chair of the Assembly Public Safety Committee, I am proud to stand behind my colleagues who seek to reform the nature of gun policy in California in order to help address the increasing gun violence we experience today,” Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer said. “It is my hope that these bills move through the legislative process and are eventually signed into law by our Governor.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
(Los Angeles) – Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles), Chair of the Legislative Black Caucus, stood with Latino Caucus Chair Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas), Asian Pacific Islander Caucus representative Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), Assembly Speaker-elect Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) and Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) at a news conference to announce the recipients of $15-million in One California grants. “This is extremely important,” said Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer. “Because immigration comes in all colors, all creeds, all nationalities.” Learn more about the One California program in this Assembly Access video.
(Los Angeles) – In 1996, California was the first state in the nation to legalize medical marijuana. Since that time, California has fallen behind in its efforts to regulate the industry. California State Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-South Los Angeles) co-authored Assembly Bill 266 to help local municipalities regulate the medical marijuana industry and help dispensaries comply with state and local regulations. At a news conference on the steps of Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer’s district office, he and a group of lawmakers and other stake holders asked Governor Jerry Brown to sign AB 266 into law. And a few days later, the Governor did just that. Watch this Assembly Access Video to hear some of Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer’s remarks from the press conference.
Sacramento, Calif., -- Assembly Bill 1012, authored by Assemblymember Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr., has just gotten off the Assembly floor with a unanimous 79-0 vote. This bill would prohibit any school district from assigning a pupil to a course period without educational content.
The schools where this occurs are nearly exclusively in low-income communities of color. Although this is not the norm across California, it is all too common in areas where students can least afford to lose learning time. This issue was been exemplified recently at Jefferson High School. Students walked out in protest because their schedules contained the aforementioned “fake classes” as well as previously completed courses.