C.H.E.E.R.S. Act (AB 949) would recognize competition cheerleading as a sport in California high schools
SACRAMENTO – (Wednesday, April 29, 2015) – A bill by California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to make cheerleading a high school sport cleared the Assembly Committee on Education today with bipartisan support.
Assembly Bill 949, known as the California High Schools Expanding Equality Respect and Safety Act, or CHEERS Act, requires the Department of Education to develop rules 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.
SACRAMENTO -(Wednesday, April 29,
2015)-Assembly Bill 1461, to implement the California
New Motor Voter Program, passed the Assembly Committee on Elections
and Redistricting today on a 5-2 vote. It was previously approved
Monday by the Assembly Transportation Committee on a 10-5 vote and
will now move to the Assembly Committee on Appropriations.
AB 1462 Would Allow Qualified Nonprofits to Compete For Grants To Advise DACA & DAPA Applicants
SACRAMENTO – (Tuesday, April 28, 2015) – A fund proposed by California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to assist California’s immigrants applying for lawful status under President Obama’s proposed immigration program was approved today by the Assembly Judiciary Committee, 7-3.
If signed into law, the program created by Gonzalez’s Assembly Bill 1462 would fund qualified non-profit organizations to assist Californians seeking relief under the process outlined by President Obama in November. More than 1.5 million Californians could be eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, known as “DACA” and “DAPA” respectively, and experts warn that the demand for legal services for DAPA and DACA applicants will outpace the supply of professionals to advise eligible applicants. Funding for the AB 1462 would be contingent on both the state budget and a final declaration by the courts upholding the President’s immigration program.
AB 1461 To Streamline Voter Registration Process for Millions of Eligible, Unregistered Voters Moves Forward
SACRAMENTO – (Monday, April 27, 2015) – Assembly Bill 1461, to implement the California New Motor Voter Program, passed the Assembly Transportation Committee today on a 10-5 vote.
Authored by California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) and 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. The bill will next be considered by the Assembly Committee on Elections and Redistricting this Wednesday, April 29.
AB 1266 Would Force Utilities to Receive PUC Approval for Bonuses After Safety Violations Cost Ratepayers Billions
SACRAMENTO –(Monday, April 27, 2015)– A bill by California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to require new accountability measures when executive bonuses are doled out by public utilities passed the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee today by a 10-5 vote. AB 1266 would require that public 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. The bill now proceeds to consideration by the Assembly Committee on Appropriations.
To date, the CPUC has never conducted a public review of bonuses for utility executives to determine whether the compensation was justified, even in light of major safety violations that led to the $3.3 billion cost passed on to ratepayers when San Onofre nuclear power plant was shuttered or the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion in Northern California.
AB 298 will allow lifeguards and other wildlife officers to more effectively safeguard California Marine Protected Areas
SACRAMENTO – (Monday, April 20, 2015) – Legislation authored by State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) designed to more effectively enforce restrictions in the state's Marine Protected Areas received unanimous approval by the full Assembly today.
Assembly Bill 298 allows Department of Fish and Wildlife officers and allied agencies to combat poaching and illegal fishing in in Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) by issuing violators with a ticket – akin to a traffic violation – to enforce restrictions. MPA violations are currently misdemeanor crimes, and 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.
ACR 50 Marks the Day in 2015 When Women Overcome the Gender Pay Gap from the Previous Year
SACRAMENTO – (Tuesday, April 14, 2015) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) announced today the passage of Assembly Concurrent Resolution 50, proclaiming April 14, 2015 as Equal Pay Day in California.
First established in 1996 by the National Committee on Pay Equity to create public awareness about the gap between men's and women's wages, Equal Pay Day symbolizes the date in 2015 when the wages paid to American women catch up to the wages paid to men from the previous year due to making an average of 78 cents on the dollar, nationally. Even in California, Women only earn 84 cents for each dollar earned by a man.
(Sacramento) – Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) wrote Assembly Concurrent Resolution 50 (ACR 50 - Equal Pay Day) to bring attention to, and declare the legislature’s concern about, the gender wage gap in California. Assemblywoman Gonzalez says Equal Pay Day was established in 1996 by the National Committee on Pay Equity to create public awareness about the gap between men's and women's wages. The date selected each year (April 14th this year) reflects how far into the current year, on average, a woman must work in order to earn as much as their white male counter parts earned in the previous calendar year. Watch Assemblywoman Gonzalez present ACR 50 to the State Assembly in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) – A bill by California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to better protect cheerleaders of professional sports from workplace abuses and bring equity to the multibillion-dollar professional sports landscape by treating them as employees under California law has passed by the Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment. Assembly Bill 202 would explicitly require that professional sports teams provide cheerleaders with the same rights and benefits as other employees, protecting against the sort of financial and personal abuses that have been reported throughout the country. “AB 202 simply demands that any professional sports team – or their chosen contractor – treat the women on the field with the same dignity and respect that we treat the guy selling beer,” said Gonzalez, a former high school and collegiate cheerleader. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) - At a state capitol news conference Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) stood with Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) and Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), Chair and Vice Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus, to announce the Caucus’ 2015 priority legislation. Assembly Bill 1461, written by Assemblywoman Gonzalez, is one of Caucus’ top bills. She says AB 1461 will allow eligible residents to register to vote when they obtain or renew a driver’s license from the Department of Motor Vehicles. Here’s more from Assemblywoman Gonzalez in this Assembly Access video.