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SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla has announced that she has introduced legislation to create an innovation, training, and technology grant that will help schools with their common core implementation.
“Last year, as Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance, I secured additional funding for Common Core implementation and technology investments to enable our schools to use computer adaptive assessments, and updated STEM based instructional models,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla. “I look forward to partnering with business leaders, school administrators, teachers, parents and students in building on this investment and expanding opportunities for these rewarding education programs.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla and Equality California announced that they are partnering to introduce legislation to end the use of the “gay panic” or “trans panic” defense strategy – a tactic used by defendants charged for murder who claim their violent acts were triggered by panic resulting from discovery of the victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
“It is reprehensible to learn that criminal defendants are encouraged by their defense counsel to employ a ‘gay panic’ or ‘trans panic’ defense in an attempt to receive a possible lesser charge or avoid conviction,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla. "A panic attack defense allows a criminal defendant to claim that violence against the LGBT community is somehow understandable or acceptable due to the victim's orientation or gender identity. With this bill, we are making it very clear that it is never acceptable, and that there is no place for prejudice against people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.
SACRAMENTO - Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla announced today she has introduced legislation to give sheriffs more tools to manage our criminal justice system by updating requirements for the electronic monitoring of non-violent offenders.
“It is critical that our local law enforcement agencies have the tools and authority they need to ensure the public safety of our communities. AB 2499 will help relieve pressure on county jails while making sure inmates that need to be incarcerated stay off our streets,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla today announced she is partnering with California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer to introduce legislation to provide valuable tax relief for families that invest in the state’s 529-college savings plan, called ScholarShare.
“Children with college savings accounts are seven-times more likely to attend college,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla. “Our legislation will increase the number of families saving for college and also increase the amount of money they set aside for higher education.”
SACRAMENTO – Disadvantaged children will receive more federal assistance, thanks to new legislation introduced today by Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord). Assembly Bill 1654 will increase the amount of child support received by families who are CalWORKs recipients to help them meet their basic needs.
“My legislation takes advantage of a federal option to redirect more child support funds towards these children,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla. “For example, a family of three on CalWORKs receives at most $670 a month, so even modest increases in child support can be very beneficial.”
SACRAMENTO - Statement from Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) on Assemblywoman Toni Atkins who announced today that she will be the next Speaker of the Assembly:
“I am very pleased that Assemblywoman Toni Atkins will be assuming the role of Speaker of the Assembly later this session. Toni will ably represent the interests of the entire state and will provide effective, collaborative leadership as we continue to strengthen the state of California. Over the three years Toni and I have worked together, I have been very impressed that she listens to all sides of an issue and engages in a fair and deliberative decision-making process. Also, she has the utmost respect for the institution and the unique constituencies of its individual members.
Toni’s leadership has been proven as the Majority Floor Leader and through bold and meaningful legislation. She cares deeply about the needs of women and children, and supports those whose voices are not always heard in state government. She will be a Speaker for all Californians.”
SACRAMENTO - Statement from Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) on today’s announcement by U.S. Representative George Miller that he will retire at the end of this year:
“George Miller has proudly represented his constituents in Contra Costa County for over 40 years in Congress. In his exemplary service as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, he wrote or co-wrote many of the significant laws that brought health care to the uninsured, improved wages for working families, helped students pay down their student loans, and protected California’s natural resources from development. His dedication to his constituents and leadership that he provided for Contra Costa County and California will be truly missed.”
SACRAMENTO - Statement from Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) on Governor Jerry Brown’s 2014-15 budget proposal:
“The Governor’s budget proposal devotes special attention to helping schools transition to the new Smarter Balanced Assessments by designating $46.5 million to implement AB 484, which I authored, to establish a more advanced student assessment system aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English-language arts and mathematics beginning in the 2014-15 school year. These new, computer-based assessments reflect the real world knowledge needed for young people to succeed in college and careers.
(CONCORD, CA) – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla honored Concord residents Liz Lamach and René Henderson for their hard work and passion in founding “Matteo’s Dream – A Playground for Children of All Abilities.” Lamach and Henderson received a certificate from Assemblywoman Bonilla for making “Matteo’s Dream” come true, at a ceremony today at their playground in Concord.
“‘Matteo’s Dream’ is unique because it is one of the few playgrounds in the nation where children with physical challenges can play with other children,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla. “It is truly inspiring for me to see Liz and René realize their son’s dream by creating this playground from land donated by the City of Concord and see it receive national praise.”
Fifteen years ago this month, California voters expressed their desire for greater investment in early childhood when they approved Proposition 10, the tobacco tax that dedicates funding for health and education programs for children birth to age 5.
Even back then, the evidence was clear: how children grow and develop during their first five years affects them for the rest of their lives -- as future students, parents and workers.
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