(Los Angeles) — California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount), Senate President pro Tempore Kevin DeLeon, fellow legislators, and triumphant workers and labor leaders from across California joined Governor Jerry Brown for the signing of Senate Bill 3, legislation that will increase the state minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022 — the highest in the nation. “It’s a strong statement that in California we believe in keeping our word and honoring our social contract – if you work full time, your family shouldn’t have to live in poverty,” Speaker Rendon said of this historic legislation, which brought a victory in the “Fight for $15” to America’s most populous state. When fully enacted, 86% of Californians will live in counties where the minimum wage places a family of three at or above the Supplemental Poverty Measure. See Speaker Rendon’s full remarks in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) – At a ceremony inside the Assembly chamber, surrounded by family, friends and dignitaries from around the state, Assemblymember Anthony Rendon was sworn in as the 70th Speaker of the California State Assembly. Speaker Rendon (D-Paramount) took the oath of office alongside his spouse, Annie Lam, and his parents Tom and Gloria Rendon. The 69th Speaker of the Assembly, Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) performed the oath. In his remarks, Speaker Rendon pledged to focus on the issues of poverty, oversight and participation, saying it is unacceptable for almost 2.5 million children to be living in poverty in California, that state agencies – including the Legislature – must be accountable to Californians, and that more Californians should take part in the political process. Here’s more from California’s newest Speaker of the Assembly in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/speaker
(Sacramento) – Assemblyman Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) has been elected the 70th Speaker of the California State Assembly. “We as policymakers have a great deal of work ahead of us to meet the challenges Californians demand we address,” said Speaker-elect Rendon. “With the annual budget process underway, my immediate priority is working with my colleagues to negotiate a budget that represents the values of the people of California.” Rendon is serving in his second term representing the 63rd Assembly District, which includes the cities and communities of Bell, Cudahy, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, North Long Beach, Lynwood, Maywood, Paramount, and South Gate. Here’s more from Speaker-elect Rendon in this Assembly Access video. www.asmdc.org/anthony-rendon
(Sacramento) – Whether it's mudslides and flash floods induced by El Nino rains washing over drought parched California, wild fires or an earthquake, being prepared for an emergency disaster can make all the difference to you and your family. Learn more in this Public Service Announcement from Assemblymember Bill Dodd (D-Napa).
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) wrote Assembly Bill 935 to improve the lives of California’s veterans. Beginning on Veterans Day of 2015, AB 935 will allow a veteran to apply for a California driver’s license or ID card with a designation that clearly identifies the individual as a veteran. “California is home to the nation’s largest veteran population, nearly two million, yet almost one million have not been identified,” said Assemblymember Frazier. “Not only will AB 935 honor our state’s veterans, it will also play a critical role in improving access to resources, benefits and services for individuals who have served our country.” It’s estimated that AB 935 has the potential to bring California veterans over $750 million in direct federal benefits annually. Learn more in this Assembly Web Report.
(Los Angeles) –Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and a several members of the Assembly Democratic Caucus gathered at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles to take part in a special signing ceremony for Senate Bill 350, the landmark climate change legislation. Under SB 350 California will need to generate half of its electricity from renewable sources and double energy efficiency in homes, offices and factories by 2030. Among those joining the Speaker and Governor Jerry Brown for the signing ceremony were the author of SB 350, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, and Assemblymembers Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park); Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond); Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay); Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles); Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) and Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento). Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/speaker
(Sacramento) – A bill, authored by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton), to allow terminally-ill Californians to request a doctor’s prescription for medication to aid in dying passed a significant hurdle when it was approved by the State Assembly. “This issue is of immense importance to all Californians, and I was confident that the full Assembly, reflective of and responsive to the people it represents, would do the right thing and move us closer to making it possible for terminally-ill Californians to decide for themselves how to manage their last days,” Assemblymember Eggman said. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/eggman
(Sacramento) – The California State Assembly has approved landmark climate change legislation that will ensure a cleaner, healthier environment for our children and our grandchildren. Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) says SB 350 extends California’s renewable energy portfolio standard to 50-percent by 2030 and requires the doubling of our energy efficiency activities statewide by 2030. Speaker Atkins told her colleagues, “With SB 350 California is leading by example once again. It sets the course not only for our state but for the nation. And, quite frankly, for the world.” Here’s more from Speaker Atkins in this Assembly Access video.
(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.
(Sacramento) – With the passage of AB 1200, the California Assembly voted in favor of providing transparency on who influences state government spending. Assemblymember Rich Gordon (D- Menlo Park) authored the bill because he believes the public should have the ability to see who, if anyone is attempting to influence the procurement process and the spending of taxpayer dollars. In 2014, the State of California authorized over $11 billion in procurement contracts including spending on computers, vehicles and other items. AB 1200 would expand the definition of lobbying to include governmental procurement, thereby requiring those lobbying on procurement to report this aspect of their business. Learn more in this Assembly Access video.http://www.asmdc.org/gordon