LONG BEACH >> It’s been a busy year for Bonnie Lowenthal, her last representing Long Beach in the state Assembly.
Lowenthal, 74, is finishing her third term and sixth year in the Assembly, the most allowed by law. She also ran an unsuccessful campaign for mayor, losing to Robert Garcia.
AB 2124 creates a limited pilot program in LA County for certain misdemeanors.
SACRAMENTO – Today, the Legislature passed AB 2124 by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) which provides the Los Angeles County Superior Court with the authority to defer sentencing of a defendant who has pled guilty or “no contest” to a misdemeanor as part of a three year pilot program.
“This bill gives some first-time offenders one chance to admit their mistake and pay the consequence, but avoid ending up with a scarlet letter on their record that will harm their chances of getting a good job for the rest of their lives,” said Lowenthal. “This is a great opportunity for Los Angeles County to test a model that promises both cost savings for our courts and clear public safety benefits for all of our communities.”
AB 2675 raises the goal for state agencies and their recycled product purchasing
SACRAMENTO – Today, the Legislature passed AB 2675 by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) which builds upon the success of the State Agency Buy Recycled Campaign (SABRC) and requires state agencies to ensure that 75% of their purchases in key categories meet recycled content standards by 2020.
“California has led the nation in setting greenhouse gas reduction and solid waste diversion goals,” said Lowenthal. “We’ve asked all Californians to increase their recycling and our state agencies should absolutely do the same.”
As Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus, I urge all Californians to take a moment to acknowledge Women’s Equality Day. Today, we recognize how far we’ve come, and the work that remains. Let’s all join together in the fight for full equality. If you need a little inspiration for the battle, check out our Legislative Women’s Caucus page and Assemblymember Shirley Weber’s inspirational remarks:
AJR 53 urges federal action to fund freight infrastructure projects
SACRAMENTO – Led by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) and Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (D- Lakewood), the Legislature has passed Assembly Joint Resolution 53, urging Congress and President Obama to support the National Freight Network Trust Fund Act of 2014. The Act provides a dedicated federal funding source for freight-related transportation project.
“We’re home to the largest port complex in the nation and we absolutely need to invest in our freight infrastructure if we’re going to remain a leader in the global economy,” said Lowenthal, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Transportation and the Select Committee on Ports. “HR 5101 means solid jobs, green technology, and reduced congestion for all of us.”
AB 2186 streamlines treatment for individuals in county jails and state hospitals.
SACRAMENTO – Today, the Legislature passed AB 2186 by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), which streamlines the treatment process for defendants that are incompetent to stand trial. The bill ensures medication continuity between state hospitals and county jails.
“Our state hospitals and county jails are treating some of our most seriously mentally ill, but they’re working with a system that has some significant flaws,” said Lowenthal. “AB 2186 eliminates the gaps in medication that all too often put a defendant’s mental health at risk and result in higher costs for our hospitals and courts.
AB 2395 increases the Oxnard Harbor District’s borrowing authority to improve infrastructure and capacity.
SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Brown signed AB 2395 by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) into law. AB 2395 increases the Oxnard Harbor District’s borrowing authority from the current $1 million cap to $10 million, but retains key accountability standards, including a two-thirds vote by the district’s Board of Harbor Commissioners for any new borrowing.
“A lot has changed since 1984, and our ports need to be able to compete in the global economy,” said Lowenthal, chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee and the Select Committee on Ports. “By modernizing the financing ability for Port Hueneme, they’ll be able to take on some significant infrastructure upgrades, create jobs, and increase local revenue.”
AB 1552 extends the critical program for seniors and people with disabilities
SACRAMENTO – The Legislature has unanimously passed a bill by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, to extend the adult day health care program serving thousands of frail seniors and adults with disabilities beyond the expiration of its current federal waiver.
“California’s adult day health care centers are critical to keeping some of our most vulnerable residents in their own homes at a fraction of the cost of a nursing home,” said Lowenthal. “The broad bipartisan support for this bill sends a clear message that this is a program worth preserving.”
AB 1787 requires major airports to accommodate nursing mothers
SACRAMENTO – The Legislature has passed a bill by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, to support nursing mothers with broad, bipartisan support today. AB 1787 requires all major airports in California to provide clean, private space for mothers to express breastmilk.
“This isn’t just a women’s issue, and today’s workplace isn’t limited to just a single office,” said Lowenthal, chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee and the Legislative Women’s Caucus. “With our global economy, more California moms are traveling as part of their jobs, and this bill helps them balance their commitment to breastfeeding their children with the demands of their careers.”
AB 2545 helps survivors of military sexual assault access assistance and services
SACRAMENTO – Today, the Assembly sent AB 2545 by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, to the Governor on a vote of 78-0. The bill allows victims of military sexual assault to use a letter from a sexual assault counselor or licensed therapist as part of the evidence used to support a claim for restitution with the California Victim’s Compensation Program.
“Victims of military sexual assault face the same barriers to accessing help as victims of human trafficking and domestic violence, and yet state law puts them at a distinct disadvantage,” said Lowenthal, chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus. “By allowing victims to use a report from a counselor instead of a police report when they apply for aid, we can take some of the fear of reprisal out of the equation and get survivors the help they need.”