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Healthcare in California

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In recent days, we have become alarmed and disheartened by bullying tactics, threats of violence, and death threats by a few who disagree with the decision of Speaker Anthony Rendon to postpone the advancement of SB 562. While it is appropriate for persons of varying views to express concern, disapproval or disfavor about the delay, it is never acceptable to engage in those tactics. That is not how we make decisions in the Assembly. In a civil society, this behavior can neither be condoned nor tolerated.

We have seen the impact of bullying in schools and now in the political arena. We have written numerous bills to prevent persons in school and the workplace from being harassed and bullied. That is not the type of culture we believe allows for open discourse and good decision making. The political campaign of 2016 was filled with verbal attacks and even calls for violence. These are tactics that we all abhor. Let us not become the persons that we detest.

For the past few years, California has embraced the Affordable Care Act with the intent of providing healthcare for all Californians. While we have not reached our goal, we are moving in that direction. There are many ways of achieving the goal of healthcare for all. Included in that list is a single-payer option, an idea that is embraced by many in the Assembly.

As we move forward and continue our commitment to work toward improved healthcare for all Californians, we welcome ideas and discussion from those who want to find a solution.

Governor Brown, Senate President pro Tempore and Assembly Speaker Announce Landmark Road Repair and Transportation Investment Package

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(Sacramento) - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon today joined labor, business and local leaders to announce a landmark transportation investment to fix our roads, freeways and bridges in communities across California and put more dollars toward transit and safety. The $5 billion-a-year program will cost most drivers less than $10 a month and comes with strict new accountability provisions to ensure funds can only be spent on transportation.

“California has a massive backlog of broken infrastructure that has been neglected far too long,” said Governor Brown. “Fixing the roads will not get cheaper by waiting – or ignoring the problem. This is a smart plan that will improve the quality of life in California.”

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Assemblymember Rodriguez Introduces EMS Workers Bill of Rights

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(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) today unveiled the Emergency Medical Service Workers Bill of Rights during an event at the State Capitol. Assembly Bill 263 (Rodriguez) will provide thousands of EMS workers critical to the infrastructure of California’s healthcare system with adequate workplace protections. These rights include rest and meal breaks, protections against assault while on duty, and critical access to mental healthcare after being exposed to severe trauma.

Assemblymember Rodriguez said the following: “Today, EMS workers across the state don’t have adequate rest and meal breaks, protections against violence in the workplace, or access to mental health care. As a legislator and EMT of over 30 years, I am obligated and proud to stand up and speak out for thousands of hard working individuals who are integral to our healthcare system. The EMS Workers Bill of Rights will make meaningful changes to the emergency service worker industry that has long been ignored and exploited.”

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Imam Delivers Prayer to California State Assembly

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SACRAMENTO — At the invitation of Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount), Imam Mohamed Abdul-Azeez delivered today's prayer at Assembly floor session.

Imam Abdul-Azeez is the founder of Tarbiya Institute, an Islamic organization based in Roseville, Calif. that focuses its efforts on restoring the authentic image of Islam and the empowerment of the Muslim individual through perpetual personal progress.

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Assembly Elects Dr. Bryon G. Gustafson as Chief Sergeant-at-Arms

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SACRAMENTO — The California State Assembly today unanimously elected Bryon G. Gustafson, Ph.D., to serve as the Assembly’s chief sergeant-at-arms.

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) administered the oath of office to Dr. Gustafson shortly after the vote.

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Speaker Rendon Statement on Trump Immigration Executive Orders

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SACRAMENTO — Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) released the following statement after Donald Trump issued several executive orders related to immigration:

“Here in California we are concerned that these policies are based more on campaign buzzwords than on legal and economic realities.

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Speaker Rendon Statement on California State of the State Address

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SACRAMENTO — California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) released the following statement after Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of the State address:

“The Governor’s speech shows California’s leaders are on the same page: build our future, secure our prosperity, fight threats to California’s people and values.

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Rendon Announces Assembly Committee Assignments

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SACRAMENTO — Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) today announced the members of Assembly committees.

“With 80 members who have different interests and backgrounds and who represent diverse districts, putting together the Assembly Committee membership is an interesting challenge,” Rendon said. “After careful consideration, and receiving input from members, I believe we have strong committees that will do an outstanding job across the board for the people of California.”

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