(Sacramento) - Today Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) joined with 22 legal scholars from across the nation to file an amicus brief in the case of Hollingsworth V. Perry, in opposition to Proposition 8, which took away equal marriage rights in the state of California. The brief states that Proposition 8 also eliminated the ability of those seeking equal marriage rights to pursue those rights through their elected representatives. Prop 8, says Speaker Pérez, “deprives a historically disadvantaged group – a group of which I am a member – of access to traditional representation in a representative democracy. And that deprivation violates the Constitution.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
Sacramento - Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) has authored Assembly Joint Resolution 14, calling upon Congress to avoid devastating sequester cuts that are due to go into effect unless the House, Senate and President can agree on an alternate deficit reduction plan. Sequestration, or across the board cuts of about 10%, would impact California particularly hard and would set the state's economic recovery back at a time when California is just beginning to recover from the recession. "Californians rightly expect our leaders in Washington to work together to resolve budget disagreements in a way that avoids the indiscriminate sledgehammer approach of sequestration," says Assemblymember Atkins. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) - The California State Assembly has approved Assembly Joint Resolution 8 by Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), urging Congress to pass the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. The VAWR gives necessary financial resources to programs designed to protect women and families from domestic violence. “This measure speaks to our understanding of justice,” said Speaker Pérez. One of our most important constitutional principles is that every person in our country must be protected fully and equally under the law.” Here’s more from the Speaker in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/speaker
(Sacramento) - Today Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) testified to the Assembly Health Committee on behalf of his bill, AB 1X-1, which expands the Medi-Cal program and will cover over 1 million low-income and uninsured Californians. The federal government will fund the health coverage expansion provided in the bill for the first three years and will continue to cover eventually 90 percent of the cost. Speaker Pérez told the Committee, "AB 1X-1 implements key provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act that provide health coverage for low-income individuals through the federal Medicaid program." Here's more in this Assembly Access video
Sacramento - Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles), Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) and a bipartisan group of more than 20 legislators, met with the media to discuss their support for comprehensive immigration reform efforts at the federal level. Speaker Pérez praised Assemblymember Alejo for authoring Assembly Joint Resolution 3. AJR 3 calls on the President of the United States and members of Congress to take a comprehensive and workable approach to improving the nation’s immigration system using a specified set of principles. During the news conference the Speaker said, “This is one of the most important public policy challenges of our times, and we must act this year.” Here’s more from the Speaker in this Assembly Access video.
Sacramento - El presidente de la Asamblea John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles), junto al asambleísta Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) y un grupo bipartidario de más de 20 legisladores, sostuvieron un encuentro con los medios de comunicación para informar sobre su respaldo a los esfuerzos a la reforma de inmigración a nivel federal. El presidente Pérez elogió al asambleísta Alejo por ser el propulsor de la Resolución Conjunta de la Asamblea #3. AJR 3 hace un llamado al presidente de los Estados Unidos y miembros del Congreso a darle un enfoque completo y practico al sistema de inmigración de la nación usando un grupo de principios especificados de antemano. Durante la rueda de prensa el presidente Pérez declaró, “Este es uno de los desafíos de políticas públicas más importante de nuestros tiempos y debemos actuar este año.” Más sobre el presidente en este video de Assembly Access.
(Sacramento) – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) has announced legislation to build on California’s progress in implementing the Affordable Care Act by expanding Medi-Cal eligibility for Californians. The measure (AB1x1), which will be introduced in the Special Session on Healthcare announced by Governor Brown in his State of the State address, will further cement California as the national leader in healthcare reform. “California is the national leader on implementing Healthcare Reform, and I am pleased to be authoring this critical measure which will ensure more Californians have access to quality, affordable healthcare,” said Speaker Pérez. “By expanding Medi-Cal eligibility, we will ensure more than one million low-income Californians have quality healthcare, which will make significant federal funds available to California to help strengthen our overall economic recovery.” Here’s more from the Speaker in this Assembly Access video. www.asmdc.org/speaker
(Sacramento) - Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) hosted a public viewing of The Stanley Cup, hockey’s top prize and the oldest trophy competed for by professional athletes in North America, at the State Capitol. Tim Leiweke, President and CEO, AEG and Governor, Los Angeles Kings; Luc Robitaille, Hockey Hall of Famer and President, Business Operations, Los Angeles Kings; and Mike Bolt, representing the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto and the “Keeper of the Cup,” were on hand for the ceremony. “Like countless other fans I am delighted to welcome hockey back this weekend, and I can think of no better way to usher in the season than to host our NHL Champion Los Angeles Kings as they publicly display this historic trophy,” Pérez said. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) – As the California State Assembly returned for the 2013/14 legislative session Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) called for a moment of reflection to remember the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. The Speaker said "We mourn the 20 children who were taken from their parents and their families at the beginning of a life filled with endless potential. We see the photos of their smiling faces, full of youth and vitality and happiness and our hearts break in sorrow." Here's more from Speaker Pérez in this Assembly Access video.
Sacramento - Hundreds of thousands of Californians desperately trying to stay in their homes will now have significant new protections to avoid foreclosure under measures which have been passed by the full Assembly and Senate. The measures will now be sent to the Governor for his consideration. “The package approved by the Legislature is a major victory for California’s consumers,” said Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez. “We impose tough new regulations on banks and lenders to stop the abusive practices we’ve seen since the collapse of the housing market, and this package will bring relief to hundreds of thousands of California homeowners.” Here’s more from the Speaker in this Assembly Access video. Visit the Home Owners Bill of Rights website for more details. www.HomeOwnerBOR.orgwww.asmdc.org/speaker