House Resolution 10 Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday

SACRAMENTO, CA – California Legislative Black Caucus Chair Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr., commemorated the 50th Anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” with House Resolution 10.  Fifty years after this day in 1965, with the nation embroiled in a fresh debate about race in America, the country’s first black president joined a bipartisan congressional delegation and tens of thousands of marchers at the foot of the iconic Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. to commemorate a day that forever altered the landscape of American history.

“The experience in Selma was both humbling and sobering,” said Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer. “As we stood where the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. stood 50 years ago, Assemblymembers Kevin McCarty, Sebastian Ridley-Thomas and I were reminded of an unarmed African American male named Jimmie Lee Jackson, who was shot by a public safety officer in 1965.  Then nearly 50 years to the day, another young African American male in Madison, Wisconsin was shot by a public safety officer.  This shows us that no matter how much things have changed, some things remain the same. There is much more work to be done.”

Women of the Year 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA – On March 9, 2015, Assemblymember Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr. (D-South Los Angeles) honored Charisse Bremond Weaver as “2015 Woman of the Year”. Mrs. Weaver participated in a special assembly floor ceremony highlighting the accomplishments of great women across the state of California. Mrs. Weaver is President and CEO of Brotherhood Crusade, an organization founded in 1968 by her father, to provide necessary resources, program services and a voice of advocacy to traditionally underserved communities within the Los Angeles area.

Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer Introduces Labelling Legislation

Californians Should Know What Chemicals Are In Household Products

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Continuing the push for consumer protections, Assemblymember Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr. has introduced legislation to disclose all ingredients contained in household products on the container label as well as on the manufacturer’s website.

“There are a great deal of chemicals in commonly used household products that may cause health conditions in individuals exposed to them for extended periods,” said Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer. “With so many Californians coming into contact with these chemicals on a daily basis, they have a right to know what is in their cleaning products.”

Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer Appointed Co-Chair of Select Committee on the Status of BMOC

Sacramento, Calif., – Assemblymember Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer Sr. (D-Los Angeles) was recently appointed Co-Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color, along with Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland). This committee tackles policy issues ranging from educational disparities to under-employment; all of which pertain to boys and men of color.

“Over the past 4 years, this committee has done an outstanding job of raising awareness and creating policy solutions that address issues dealing with young men of color. I am excited and honored to serve as co-chair with Assemblymember Rob Bonta.  Together we can further address the systematic issues that plaque communities of color across California,” said Jones-Sawyer.

All CHP officers should be equipped with body cameras

In light of the recent police brutality scandals in Missouri, New York and even California, it is clear that policymakers must take immediate and definitive action to ensure the safety of citizens and restore faith in law enforcement.

That’s why I firmly believe it is crucial that California lawmakers unite to support a new plan that turns to modern technology for a solution. We should require all California Highway Patrol officers to wear video cameras.

Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer Introduces Internet Poker Bill

Sacramento, Calif., – After much anticipation from California’s poker community and interested stakeholders, Assemblymember Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer Sr.(D-Los Angeles) has reintroduced a measure to legalize internet poker in California.  Assembly Bill 167, also called the Internet Poker Consumer Protection Act of  2015, would establish the framework to authorize qualified entities to operate intrastate internet poker websites.

“The reintroduction of this legislation comes on the heels of very thoughtful and collaborative discussion, including substantial input from both the state Department of Justice and the Gambling Control Commission. It is absolutely essential that we have a proper regulatory structure in place that provides safe and compliant internet poker access,” acknowledges Jones-Sawyer.

Under AB 167, authorized entities, which include tribal gaming facilities, licensed card rooms and in-state horse racing associations, must undergo an extensive ‘determination of suitability’ process by the Department of Justice before becoming eligible to apply for an operator license.  Key takeaways of the bill include a required one-time licensing fee of $10 million and mandatory gross gaming revenue payments of 8.5 percent; made quarterly to the state.  In addition, the bill makes any violation of its provisions a felony.

Internet poker was first discussed more than seven years ago in the legislature.  However, there has never been a vote in any committee on any previously introduced bill.  Jones-Sawyer hopes to change that this year.

“We have reached a new starting point.  The dialogue over the past year has allowed us to reach even broader consensus and mutual agreement as to who will be able to participate in providing internet poker to the citizens of this great state.  My goal remains unchanged:  to set a standard in California that is the shining example for the entire nation.”

Assembly Member Jones-Sawyer Elected Chair of California Legislative Black Caucus

Sacramento, Calif., – Assembly Member Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer Sr., from Los Angeles, has been elected to serve as Chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC).  Jones-Sawyer, who represents areas of South Los Angeles, including the University of Southern California and the communities of Huntington Park, Walnut Park and Florence-Firestone, is entering his second term in the California Assembly, after being re-elected last month.

Governor Signs Bill Ending Tax Breaks For Bad Behavior

SACRAMENTO, Calif., – (Sacramento) – Governor Jerry Brown recently signed Assembly Bill 877, authored by Assemblymembers Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles) and Raul Bocanegra (D – Pacoima). This bill will prevent sports team owners from writing off fines as a business expense on their state income tax returns.

Following a May 2014 NBA investigation of the conduct of then Los Angeles Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling from the NBA for life and fined him $2.5 million, the maximum fine allowed under the NBA Constitution. 

Govenor Signs Jones – Sawyer Transportation Bill Saving The State Over $1 Billion

SACRAMENTO, Calif., - Governor Jerry Brown recently signed Assembly Bill 1783 authored by Assembly member Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer Sr. which will save over $1 billion in federal transit money for California transit agencies. AB 1783 extends the Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act (PEPRA) exemption for transit employees.