Releases & Statements

Speaker Rendon’s Remarks on Minimum Wage Signing

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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.

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Statement from Speaker Rendon on Minimum Wage

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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."

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Legislators Introduce Sugary Beverage Tax to Combat Obesity and Diabetes Epidemic

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(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.

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Statement from Speaker Rendon on SeaWorld Announcement

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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.”

CONTACT: Kevin Liao (916) 319-2408

Website of Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon: www.asmdc.org/speaker

Speaker Rendon Announces Session Schedule Change

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SACRAMENTO—Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) has announced that Assembly session will now be held at 1:00 p.m. on Mondays, starting Monday, March 28, 2016. Thursday session will remain at 9:00 a.m.

CONTACT: Kevin Liao (916) 319-2408

Website of Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon: www.asmdc.org/speaker

Speaker Rendon Announces Committee Changes

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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.

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Rendon Sworn In as Assembly Speaker

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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.

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Speaker Atkins: California Leads Again

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statement regarding the passage of legislation addressing tobacco and e-cigarette usage:

"Studies have shown that Californians spend more than $9.8 billion treating the effects of tobacco use every year and $3.5 billion is billed directly to Medi-Cal. Raising the legal smoking age will help lower the number of young people who use tobacco, and that means healthier Californians and lower costs for taxpayers. Advocates have said this is the most sweeping tobacco regulation in 50 years. California led the way for the nation with a workplace ban, and the restrictions in bars and restaurants. We are leading the way again."

Information about the Second Extraordinary Session bills related to tobacco can be found here.

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Statement from Speaker Atkins on State of the State Address

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(Sacramento) – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s State of the State address:

“Clearly the state of the state is better than it has been in years. And, as I’ve said, that’s thanks to voters and to the partnership between the Governor and Legislative Democrats. What we heard in the Governor’s State of the State address this morning is that there is plenty of room for that partnership to keep right on delivering for the people of California.

“Assembly Democrats, who led the effort to create the state’s Rainy Day Fund, support the Governor’s call for responsible budgeting, and the Governor has shown his willingness to make meaningful budget improvements, like adding the state EITC to last year’s budget.

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