AB202ensures cheerleaders for professional sports teams are treated as
employees under the law
SACRAMENTO - ( Wednesday, July 15, 2015 ) - A bill by California State
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to better protect cheerleaders of professional sports
from workplace abuses by guaranteeing them basic employee rights under California law was signed
into law by Gov. Jerry Brown today.
AB 349 would provide homeowners option to reduce water by replacing lawns with synthetic turf without fear of HOA fines
SACRAMENTO – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego)’s Assembly Bill 349, which provides homeowners governed by homeowner associations (HOAs) the freedom to install artificial turf to lower their water use without fear of fines, was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on a unanimous 7-0 vote this evening. The bill will now proceed to consideration by the full State Senate.
With water and snowpack levels dangerously low throughout the state, California for the first time in its history has instituted mandatory water restrictions with significant possible fines, requiring consumers to find way to reduce their home water use. AB 349 will expand existing protections from HOAs after AB 2104, also authored by Gonzalez, was signed into law last year. The 2014 bill eliminated loopholes HOAs used to prevent homeowners from utilizing low water-using plants when replacing existing lawns, leaving homeowners interested in lowering their water usage unable to explore additional options for conserving water at a time our state faces severe drought conditions.
AB 1461 Would Streamline Registration to Help Bring Millions of Eligible, Unregistered Voters Into the System
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill 1461, also known as the California New Motor Voter Act, was approved today by the Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing on a 8-3 vote. The bill will now be considered by Senate Committee on Appropriations.
Authored by California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) and sponsored by California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, the California New Motor Voter Act would register every eligible resident who goes to a Department of Motor Vehicles to get a license or renew one, with the ability to opt out, potentially adding millions of new registered voters to California’s voter rolls.
AB 1266 Would Require Public Review of Utility Company Bonuses Following Safety Violations
SACRAMENTO – A bill by California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to require new accountability measures when executive bonuses are doled out by investor-owned utility companies like Southern California Edison was approved by the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications today on a 7-3 vote. The bill will next be considered by Senate Appropriations Committee.
AB 1266 would require investor-owned utilities to justify executive bonus compensation at a public hearing of the California Public Utilities Commission following any state or federal safety violation that results in a cost of $5 million or more to ratepayers.
AB359Would Protect Workers From Being Immediately Fired Following a Change of
SACRAMENTO -( Monday, July 13,2015) - A bill by California State
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to protect grocery workers from being fired because of
changes in store ownership was approved by the full State Senate today on a 22-14 vote. The bill
will now be submitted to Gov. Jerry Brown for signature.
(Sacramento) – A new law, authored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), which guarantees at least three paid sick days to every California private sector employee took effect July 1, 2015. “For years, hardworking men and women fighting for decent working conditions told me paid sick days was what they were most excited about at work. So, when I had the opportunity to join the Assembly, passing a paid sick days law for Californians was at the top of my priority list,” Gonzalez said. California is the first state in the nation to pass such expansive paid sick days legislation. Under the new law all full-time, part-time, per diem, and temporary employees in California’s private sector will accrue at least one hour of paid sick leave for every thirty hours worked. Employers can limit the time off to 24 hours or three days. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
C.H.E.E.R.S. Act (AB 949) would recognize competition cheerleading as a sport in California high schools
SACRAMENTO – (Wednesday, July 1, 2015) – A bill by California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to make cheerleading a high school sport was approved by Senate Education Committee today on a unanimous 7-0 vote. The bill will next be considered by Senate Appropriations Committee.
Assembly Bill 949, known as the California High Schools Expanding Equality Respect and Safety Act, or CHEERS Act, requires the California Department of Education to develop guidelines, procedures and safety standards with the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) for high school cheerleading in the collaborative manner with which it has developed these guidelines for other CIF sports. Additionally, AB 949 will allow student athletes that participate in cheerleading to earn physical education credit for their competition cheerleading activities, which is currently afforded to athletes of other CIF sports.
For First Time in California, All Private Sector Workers Are Able to Earn Paid Sick Days; 6.5 Million Will Benefit for First Time
SACRAMENTO – (Wednesday, July 1, 2015) – A new law authored by California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to guarantee at least three paid sick days to every California private sector employee took effect today.
“For years, I heard from hardworking men and women fighting for decent working conditions who told me paid sick days was what they were most excited about at work. So when I had the opportunity to join the Assembly, passing paid sick days law for California at the top of my priority list,” Gonzalez said. “Today, after the hard work of an amazing coalition of advocates, I couldn’t be more excited to finally give all private sector California workers the fundamental right to earn paid sick leave and keep themselves and their families healthy.”
New law phases out the personal belief vaccine exemption to protect vulnerable students from vaccine-preventable diseases
SACRAMENTO – (Tuesday, June 30, 2015) – California’s personal belief exemption for vaccines was eliminated today when Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 277 in a move that will protect students at school who are unable to be vaccinated against vaccine-preventable conditions.
California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) served as the Assembly Principal Co-Author and Floor Manager for the Bill and applauded the decision today.
AB 298 provides new enforcement tools for lifeguards and other wildlife officers to better safeguard California Marine Protected Areas
SACRAMENTO – (Tuesday, June 30, 2015) – Legislation authored by State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to more effectively enforce restrictions in the state's Marine Protected Areas was signed into law by Governor Brown today. The bill received overwhelming bipartisan support in both the Assembly and Senate and AB 298 is the second bill by Gonzalez to be signed into law so far this year.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, Assembly Bill 298 will allow Department of Fish and Wildlife officers and other law enforcement agencies to combat poaching and illegal fishing in the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) off California’s coastline by issuing violators with a ticket – akin to a traffic violation – to enforce restrictions. MPA violations are currently misdemeanor crimes and oftentimes prosecuted without priority. AB 298 gives officers the discretion to cite violators with an infraction or a misdemeanor. This will allow law enforcement officials to effectively manage MPAs without overburdening the legal system, ensuring that lawbreakers are held accountable for damage to fragile marine environments.