2013 legislative scorecard measures key votes on women’s health care.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, received a 100% grade from Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC) on their 2013 legislative scorecard. The scorecard measured key votes on a number of bills and proposed amendments affecting women’s health care services, including access to comprehensive reproductive care, Medi-Cal provider rates, and sexual health education.
“Every woman in California deserves safe, reliable, and affordable access to reproductive health care,” said Lowenthal. As Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus, I’m proud of the work we’ve done to safeguard those rights.”
Assembly Transportation Committee explores California’s progress in expanding access to electric vehicles and emission reduction goals.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, chair of the Assembly Committee on Transportation held an oversight hearing in Long Beach today on the availability of charging stations for electric vehicles and the emission reduction goals for California. Panelists from a variety of backgrounds agreed that while California has ambitious goals for emission reduction, consumer access to zero-emission vehicles and charging infrastructure remains a significant barrier. Lowenthal was joined by Assemblymember Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, chair of the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce for the hearing.
“We’ve set some lofty goals, but if we’re going to have any chance at meeting those goals we need to pave the way for consumers to use advanced vehicle technology,” said Lowenthal. “It has to be a combination of incentives that enable moderate and lower income Californians to purchase vehicles, coupled with a robust charging infrastructure.”
Legislative Analyst projects $5.6 billion reserve in 2014.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, is urging her legislative colleagues to exercise a disciplined approach to the budget process given the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) updated economic forecast that predicts a brighter future for California’s economy and General Fund surpluses in the coming years.
“We’ve come a long way from the darkest days of the recession, but we can’t forget the lessons learned,” said Lowenthal. “We need to continue to work towards sustainable economic growth by investing in education, jobs, and safety net repairs while maintaining a robust rainy day fund.”
Legislative scorecard measures progress on key votes.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, received a 100% grade on the Equality California 2013 Legislative Scorecard released today. The scorecard marks Equality California’s 15 years of legislative advocacy and measured votes on a variety of bills and resolutions, including equal rights for transgender students, health insurance parity, and equal access to veterans’ benefits.
“I’m proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with advocates from across the state in the fight for equal rights,” said Lowenthal. “2013 was a banner year for progress, but there’s still so much that needs to be done to ensure full equality for every Californian.”
Assemblymember ranks high on Sierra Club and California League of Conservation Voters scorecards
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, scored well on both the Sierra Club and California League of Conservation Voters scorecards, reflecting her strong commitment to the environment. Lowenthal was the top scorer in the Assembly on the Sierra Club’s scorecard, and among several of her colleagues receiving a 100% grade from the California League of Conservation Voters.
“The choices we make in Sacramento can have a profound impact on our environment for decades to come,” said Lowenthal. “I’m proud of the work we’ve done to promote sustainability and protect our natural resources for future generations.”
Congress of CA Seniors gives Assemblymember Lowenthal a 100% for her 2013 voting record
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, earned a top grade from the Congress of California Seniors as part of the 2013 legislative scorecard. Lowenthal’s score of 100% was based on her vote on a variety of bills, including measures to raise the minimum wage, implement the Affordable Care Act, and her own, AB 1217, the Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act.
“California is home to more older adults than any other state,” said Lowenthal. “We all want to remain healthy and independent as we age, and our state policy should reflect that.”
Legislative Women’s Caucus and Assembly Veterans Committee hear from survivors, California National Guard, and advocates
SACRAMENTO – Today, the Legislative Women’s Caucus, chaired by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) joined the Assembly Committee on Veterans Affairs, chaired by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) for an oversight hearing regarding military sexual trauma (MST) in California, and the supportive programs in place for survivors. The hearing included emotional testimony from survivors, as well as response strategies from the California Department of Veterans Affairs, the California National Guard, county veteran service officers, and non-profit providers.
“Survivors deserve justice, and they deserve support,” said Lowenthal. “We can’t sit on our hands waiting for the federal government to act. California can, and will, take steps to prevent these assaults and help survivors and their families heal.”
AB 1217 provides basic safety standards for in-home care
SACRAMENTO – Today, the Governor signed AB 1217 by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, establishing landmark consumer protections in the home care industry for vulnerable Californians.
“This is about public safety, plain and simple,” said Lowenthal. “We place a lot of trust in these caregivers. AB 1217 ensures that they’ve earned that trust.”
AB 753 updates state law for Caregiver Resource Centers.
SACRAMENTO – AB 753 by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, was signed by Governor Brown today, finalizing the multi-year process of transferring oversight of California’s 11 Caregiver Resource Centers (CRCs) from the defunct Department of Mental Health to the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). The bill also streamlined the process for contracting and modernized the law to reflect current research and treatment protocols.
“Almost all of us will be a caregiver at some point,” said Lowenthal. “The services provided by our 11 centers are vital to thousands of Californians. My bill ensures their sustainability as our population ages.”
Organization notes Lowenthal's leadership on aging issues.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, was named the 2013 Legislator of the Year by the Congress of California Seniors, the state's leading advocacy organization for older Californians. The organization cited Lowenthal's numerous bills over the past five years, particularly, AB 1217, the Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act, currently pending on the Governor's desk.
"All of us want to remain safely in our own homes as we age," said Lowenthal. "I'm proud of the work we've done to enable millions of Californians to do just that."
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