(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) was joined by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount), Assemblymembers Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-South Los Angeles), Mike Gipson (D-Carson), and David Chiu (D-San Francisco), and more than a hundred gun safety advocates from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Everytown for Gun Safety for a rally on the steps of the State Capitol in support of common sense gun legislation. Much of the rally focused on Assemblymember Santiago’s Assembly Bill 1511, which would help keep guns out of dangerous hands by closing a loophole in California’s background check law. “We’ve got a serious loophole to the background check,” said Assemblymember Santiago. “To think that I can loan a gun to anybody that I want without having a background check, without knowing anything about them…this is crazy.” Here’s more from the rally in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) – An effort to protect the names of historic parks in California, spearheaded by Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova), Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) and Assemblyman Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals), is moving smoothly through the State Legislature. Now the trio of lawmakers is pushing other states to follow California’s lead. Assemblymen Cooley, Gray and Bigelow introduced Assembly Bill 2249, the California Heritage Protection Act, to ensure park concessionaires in California’s state parks cannot trademark historic place names simply due to their status as a concessionaire. The authors are now urging their colleagues in the other 49 state legislatures to take similar action. “We in California were blindsided by this trademarking practice, and that could easily happen in another state,” said Assemblyman Cooley. “We want legislators around the Country to be aware of what happened here and show them what we’ve done to combat it.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) – “The message we’re sending is real simple…historic places’ names are not for sale here in California,” Assemblyman Adam Gray said on the steps of the State Capitol. “These places and these names have a special significance to many families throughout the country.” Assemblyman Gray (D-Merced), with Assemblymen Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) and Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals), were on the capitol steps talking about Assembly Bill 2249, the California Heritage Protection Act, which seeks to ensure park concessionaires in California’s state parks cannot trademark historic place names simply due to their status as a concessionaire. The trio of lawmakers are urging other states to take similar action. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, joined with 51 of his fellow lawmakers to approve a new state budget. “This budget focuses on the ingredients for building a stronger middle class,” said Assemblymember Ting. “ We invest in our future by funding education, reducing poverty, and cleaning our environment. We create greater fiscal stability by saving for a rainy day and building the largest reserve in over three decades.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) – Led by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) and Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, the State Assembly has approved a new state budget. “This budget is both responsible and visionary,” said Speaker Rendon. “We lift families out of poverty, increase access to Early Childhood Education, and make college more accessible for Californians. We make these investments while ensuring our fiscal stability by growing the state’s Rainy Day Fund. This is a very positive budget – and a very positive step for California.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) – Slavery still exists in modern-day America. In fact, you may see the victims of this crime without even realizing it. In this public service announcement, California State Assemblymember Bill Dodd (D-Napa) talks about the issue of human trafficking and urges you to go to his website to learn how you can more easily spot it and report it. Watch this Assembly Access Video to learn more.
(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).