(Sacramento) – Joined by a diverse coalition of families and advocates, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 908, a measure authored by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles), into law today. Under AB 908, California will lead the nation once again by significantly expanding its Paid Family Leave program (PFL) by increasing wage replacement payments from 55% to 60% - 70%, depending on income level.
“Today marks a significant victory for all Californians,” said Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez. “Paid Family Leave is a lifeline for countless families in our state. However, workers already living paycheck to paycheck on 100 percent of their salary simply could not afford to use a program for 6 weeks at nearly half of their wages. That’s why I authored AB 908, to fix this inequity and ensure all who pay into this vital program can afford to use it, regardless of their income.”
(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.
LOS ANGELES—Governor Jerry Brown today signed Senate Bill 3, legislation that will increase the state minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022. Below are Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon’s (D-Paramount) remarks as prepared for delivery:
I want to thank the Governor, Senator de León, and labor for coming together and finding a solution that, at its heart, shows California at its best – smart, compassionate and bold.
Speaker Rendon Leads Historic Minimum Wage Legislation in California
(Sacramento) – The California State Assembly passes Senate Bill 3, historic legislation that would gradually raise the state minimum wage to $15 an hour by the year 2022. Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) spearheaded the effort with his legislative colleagues, which would make California’s minimum wage the highest in the nation “We know that some who work full-time cannot put a roof over their heads or a meal on the table,” said Speaker Rendon. “Today, the California Legislature sent the strong message that if you work full time, your family shouldn’t have to live in poverty. Eight of the nine cities I represent have more than 20% of their residents living in poverty. This bill will change that reality for tens of thousands of families.”
Watch this Assembly Access Video to hear more of Speaker Rendon’s comments on the Assembly Floor regarding SB 3. http://www.asmdc.org/speaker
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) released the following statement regarding the minimum wage deal:
"Raising the minimum wage to $15 is a hugely important issue for Assembly Democrats. As Speaker, I want to make sure everyone in our caucus has a chance to weigh in on the proposed agreement.
"For my part, I see a lot of good in the deal. It brings families out of poverty, helps minimum wage workers spend more in their local economies, and it's sensitive to the needs of business and the state budget.
"If we can come together behind this compromise, it will address the need to move to a $15 minimum wage while eliminating the chance that costly or competing campaigns could mean that no increase initiative passes."
(Sacramento) – Today, three California legislators introduced legislation that would establish a health impact fee on sugar sweetened beverages in an effort to fund obesity, diabetes prevention and dental programs. The measure, AB 2782, authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), and coauthored by Assemblymembers David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg), and sponsored by numerous leading health advocacy organizations throughout the state, would generate an estimated $2.3 billion a year to prevent and treat obesity, diabetes, heart and dental disease that is ravaging the Golden State and the rest of the country.
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) released the following statement regarding SeaWorld ending their captive orca breeding program:
“I was an early supporter of Assemblymember Richard Bloom’s bill to protect orcas from captive breeding and performing in shows, so I’m very pleased that SeaWorld has seen the light and is ending these immoral practices. Orcas are social, intelligent beings and we should do everything we can to help them flourish around the world. Assemblymember Bloom deserves our thanks for his leadership on this issue, and so do the activists who have been relentless on behalf of these amazing creatures.”
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) today announced changes to several committees. Committee changes were also made at the request of Republican Leader Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley). Changes to committee chairs are listed below. Please see attached letter to the Chief Clerk for all other committee changes.
SACRAMENTO—At a ceremony inside the Assembly chamber, surrounded by family, friends and dignitaries from around the state, Assemblymember Anthony Rendon was sworn in today 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, Assemblymember Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) performed the oath.
In his swearing-in 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, especially in communities with great needs.
“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."