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Welcome to my legislative website. It is continuously updated so that you can stay informed about my activities as the representative for the 48th Assembly District.

It is an honor to have this opportunity to serve my community. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any comments, questions or concerns that you may have with the district—or with your state government.

I hope that you find this website informative and that you return regularly to see what is happening in our community

Roger Hernández
Representing the 48th District

Representing the 48th District

Asm. Roger Hernández Statement on Northern California Bus Crash

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Roger Hernandez released the following statement:

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the families for those students and staff members who lost their lives in last night’s Northern California crash.  I am saddened to hear of such an unfortunate incident occurring during an exciting time when students and their families are finalizing their decisions on where to attend school in the fall.



Hernández Local Control of Public Access Channel Funds Resolution Passes Assembly Floor

AJR 39 Would Allow State and Local Governments Determine Best Use of PEG Funds

SACRAMENTO Assemblymember Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina) announced today that AJR 39 passed the Assembly Floor with a 71-1 vote.  The Assembly Joint Resolution urges Congress to allow states and their municipalities to determine the best use of public, educational and government (PEG) funds.

“I commend my colleagues for their support of this Assembly Joint Resolution. PEG channels offer residents an opportunity to stay informed about decisions made by their elected representatives, and enjoy local educational and cultural programming. Public-access media centers also offer facilities that residents can use to create their own programming and learn valuable job skills. ” stated Hernández.



Hernández Introduces Bill to Protect Temporary Workers

AB 1897 Holds Employers Accountable in the Subcontracted Economy

SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D – West Covina) announced today the introduction of Assembly Bill 1897.  This Assembly Bill provides protections to temporary workers when companies use staffing agencies and other labor contractors to supply workers.

“As California’s economy begins to rebound once again, we must provide protections to workers against employers in the subcontracted economy.  This new economy is a new tool for employers to exploit workers against abuses of wage theft and so on, while hiding behind staffing agencies.  This bill is needed to protect those small businesses who continue to play by the rules and engage in fair competition,” stated Hernández.



Hernández College Access Measure Passes Committee Hurdle to Assist Underrepresented Students

AB 1977 Will Restore Funding for Programs Assisting Disadvantaged Students

SACRAMENTO  Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D – West Covina) announced today Assembly Bill 1977 passed the Assembly Higher Education Committee on a 10-1 vote.  AB 1977 will restore funding to programs, which help underrepresented groups excel while making the transition from high school to college.

“Today, students from disadvantaged backgrounds have secured a victory in Sacramento. Programs such as the Puente Project, Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement Program (MESA), Early Academic Opportunity Program and others have proven to aid underrepresented students in staying competitive when advancing to higher education.  In a time when, the costs of obtaining a college degree have increased, it is essential to allocate funds to programs that promote higher education and prepare students to succeed in college,” stated Hernández.



Asm. Hernández Hails Committee for Recognizing Native American Day as an Official State Holiday

AB 1973 Moves to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for Consideration

SACRAMENTO Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D – West Covina) announced today Assembly Bill 1973 passed the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee on a unanimous 19-0 vote.  AB 1973 elevates the recognition of Native American Day from a proclamation to an official state holiday, recognized annually on the fourth Friday of September.

“It gives me great pleasure to know this bill is one step closer.  This measure recognizes the significant role of California's native peoples by establishing an official, unpaid state holiday,” stated Hernández.



Bill would make employers legally responsible for subcontractor employees

Legislation amended late last week would force employers to pay wages, taxes and workers compensation on labor subcontractors if a contracting agency reneges on that responsibility.

Under Assembly Bill 1897, introduced by Assemblyman Roger Hernandez , an employer would share all legal responsibility and liability -- including employer contributions, worker contributions, personal income tax and workers compensation -- with an individual or company that supplies workers.



California Considers Bill to Protect Temp Workers

California could become one of the first states in the nation to hold companies legally responsible for wage and safety violations by their subcontractors and temp agencies if a bill proposed Friday becomes law.

The bill tackles the longstanding complaint of labor leaders that companies can often shirk responsibility for the abuse of workers by hiring them through agencies or contracting with smaller firms.



The Conundrum of Municipal Elections – How To Fix Them

Continually changing demographics have resulted in the under representation in local government of significant groups in cities across the country. Cities that now include large numbers of residents from various backgrounds overwhelmingly are governed by councils that have retained the same ethic makeup as before such population shifts. As with ethnic makeup, much the same thing can be said about the gender makeup of local governmental bodies.

In the past year in California, several lawsuits have met the issue of ethnic representation head on, with solutions that have in the past been largely ineffective in producing desired results. Anaheim, a city that in recent years has seen its electorate develop a Latino majority, is governed by an all-white city council. In response to a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, a settlement was reached to end the prior at-large election system and to divide the city into election districts. In a similar case in Palmdale, a judge has voided the last municipal election and ordered a new election with to be formed election districts.



Access Cable TV Gains Unanimous Support at State Capitol Hearing

Under a ground swell of 54 support letters and more than a dozen speakers, Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 39, aimed at helping fiscally struggling public, education and government (PEG) cable television channels, earned unanimous 12-0 approval Monday by the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee at the California State Capitol.

Speakers line up to show support for AJR 39 before a CA Assembly hearing Monday.

Assembly member Roger Hernández (D-Dist. 48, West Covina) authored AJR 39 which, if approved by the full CA Assembly and Senate, would call on US Congress to change laws restricting the way PEG community centers can spend money to help residents with training and equipment to tell the stories of their communities.



Hernández Praises Committee for Vote on Local Control of Public Access Channel Funds Resolution

AJR 39 Would Allow State and Local Governments Determine Best Use of PEG Funds

SACRAMENTO Assemblymember Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina) announced today that AJR 39 passed the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee with a 12-0 bi-partisan vote.  The Assembly Joint Resolution urges Congress to allow states and their municipalities to determine the best use of public, educational and government (PEG) funds.

“PEG channels offer residents an opportunity to become fully aware of what is taking place in their local communities. Public-access channels allow citizens to become better informed on local decisions by their elected representatives, educational and cultural programming,” stated Hernández.



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