Our state is experiencing an unprecedented outbreak of the hepatitis A virus. Since its initial detection in early March, 19 Californians have lost their lives to the virus. San Diego County public health officials have confirmed hundreds of hepatitis A cases and the outbreak has spread to other counties, including Los Angeles and Santa Cruz. Other counties may soon be affected.
In an effort to control the outbreak, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency to increase the supply of hepatitis A vaccines in California. Assembly offices in affected districts are committed to providing the latest updates and resources on California’s Hepatitis A outbreak.
Thanks to Assembly Democrats, more students can afford to attend Community College.
After passing the California legislature with bipartisan support, Assembly Bill 19 (Santiago) was signed into law by Governor Brown. AB 19 will allow California Community Colleges to waive fees for first time, full-time community college students for one year – boosting enrollment and graduation rates; expanding access to financial aid while decreasing student debt; and supporting California’s business climate by addressing the shortage of college-educated workers needed to sustain the state’s workforce.
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.
(Sacramento) – While the Trump administration’s budget is filled with horrible cuts to programs that help seniors, middle class families, the working poor and the most vulnerable in our country, the Assembly Democrats’ state budget blueprint is built to help ALL Californians. #protectandpersist
Trump Blvd Littered with Broken Promises
(Sacramento) – Trump promised to take American on the road to greatness but Trump’s Blvd to better days was built on lies and now his budget plan is littered with broken promises. California Assembly Democrats’ budget plan keeps the promise of a greater America and lefts up all Californians.
Preliminary Highlights of Assembly Subcommittee Actions
Protect & Persist Budget
Uses Department of Finance forecast through 2017-18.
Allocates $1.6 billion to maintain past budget and Prop 56 commitments.
Relies on $2.9 billion in fund shifts/internal financing to cover the costs of the $1.5 billion Medi-Cal accounting and other costs to generate General Fund savings.
Funds $1.2 billion in new General Fund Commitments, of which $800 million is ongoing.
Results in $10.2 billion in total reserves, including $1.7 billion in the Regular Reserve and $8.5 billion in the Rainy Day Fund. Under the LAO growth forecast, total reserves will grow to over $18 billion by 2020-21.
(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.”
(Sacramento) - Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) convened the first meeting of the Speaker’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education to discuss California’s current childcare landscape, including subsidy programs, Proposition 98 funded programs, and access to childcare. The Speaker formed the Commission to improve results for California’s youngest learners and their families. It’s tasked with identifying ways to create a more sustainable early learning system and update an outdated funding plan that has been unable to meet the demand for child care access in California. Among those taking part in the Commission’s first meeting were Commission Co-chairs Assemblymembers Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) and Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento); Nina Buthee, Executive Director, CA Child Development Administrators Association; and Tonia McMillian, SEIU Local 99 member and child care provider. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
SACRAMENTO — Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) today announced the appointment of Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) to fill the Assembly’s ex-officio position on the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) joined her colleagues in the State Assembly for a special ceremony to celebrate Black History Month. After a video depicting 50 years of the California Legislative Black Caucus history was shown, the Assembly passed Assembly Concurrent Resolution 6, a measure that designates the month of February 2017 as Black History Month and encourages the people of California to recognize the many talents, achievements, and contributions that African Americans make to their communities. Speaking on behalf of herself and the Legislative Women’s Caucus, Assemblymember Friedman said, “African-American women have contributed mightily to our history and deserve recognition in their own right during this month as we celebrate the accomplishments of all African-Americans.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Dr. Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego) joined her colleagues in the State Assembly for a special ceremony to celebrate Black History Month. After a video depicting 50 years of the California Legislative Black Caucus history was shown, the Assembly passed Assembly Concurrent Resolution 6, a measure that designates the month of February 2017 as Black History Month and encourages the people of California to recognize the many talents, achievements, and contributions that African Americans make to their communities. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Chris R. Holden (D-Pasadena), Chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus, led the State Assembly in a special ceremony to celebrate Black History Month. In addition to a video depicting the 50 years of CLBC history and floor speeches, Assembly Concurrent Resolution 6, a measure that recognizes the month of February 2017 as Black History Month and encourages the people of California to recognize the many talents, achievements, and contributions that African Americans make to their communities, was approved. “This year we honor the historic accomplishments of our African-American state legislators,” Assemblymember Holden said. “From Fredrick Roberts, the first African-American elected to the State Assembly in 1918, to the first African-American woman Yvonne Braithwaite Burke, the first African-American Speaker Willie Brown and all 50 people of African descent who have, or are now, serving within these hallowed halls.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
“This bill brings California’s election recount process into the 21st century. Elections are a fundamental democratic principle and we must make every effort to ensure their integrity. I believe AB 44, will do just that.”
As Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, I know the importance of college affordability and safety. We must ensure students are provided with safe learning environments. In addition, students need transparency in higher education costs in order to make informed financial decisions for college."
"We know that students in foster care are more likely to achieve their full potential when they are provided services designed to meet their particular needs. It's imperative that foster youth get the support and resources they need to succeed academically."