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.

Governor Brown Signs Assembly Member Jones-Sawyer’s ‘Foster Youth Identity Theft Protection’ Bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif., – Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law Assembly Bill 1658, requiring counties and the State Department of Social Services (DSS) to comply with the federal Child and Family Services and Innovation Act of 2011, which is designed to safeguard foster youths’ credit. 

Authored by Assembly Member Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr., AB 1658 mandates DSS to annually inquire each of the three major credit reporting agencies as to whether a foster youth has any consumer credit history.

Govenor Signs Bill Repealing Mandatory Minimum Drug Law

SACRAMENTO, Calif., – Governor Jerry Brown recently signed Assembly Bill 2492 authored by Assembly member Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer Sr. This measure deletes the requirement that a person convicted of using or being under the influence of specified controlled substances serve at least 90 days in a county jail.

In the 1980s, Congress and state legislatures around the country imposed mandatory minimum sentences for certain criminal offenses, including but not limited to being under the influence of illegal drugs. As a result of these laws, prison and county jail populations across the nation skyrocketed, causing overcrowding in federal, state and local facilities, and shifting valuable resources from important government priorities to correctional institutions.

Govenor Signs Fair Chance Employment Act

SACRAMENTO, Calif., – Governor Jerry Brown recently signed Assembly Bill 1650, the Fair Chance Employment Act, authored by Assembly member Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer Sr.

AB 1650 will decrease the impediments for ex-offenders to obtain employment by requiring private contractors who have state contracts to remove the conviction history box from job applications. This policy only applies to on-site constructed related jobs that fall under the State Contract Act which includes the erection, construction, alteration, repair, or improvement of any state structure, building, road, or improvement project.

For Immediate Release Govenor Signs Jones Sawyer Affordable Housing Bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif., – Governor Jerry Brown recently signed Assembly Bill 1765 authored by Assembly member Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer Sr. which seeks to increase the availability of affordable housing for low income individuals across California.

AB 1765 allows an individual to designate on his or her tax return a specified amount to be donated to the Habitat for Humanity Fund. The revenue raised through this tax check off can only be used for the sole purpose of building affordable housing throughout California.

Acquiring affordable housing in California continues to remain an elusive goal for thousands of low to moderate income households across the state.  According to the Public Policy Institute of California the average home in California is 1.8 times more expensive than the national average. Nearly 1 million extremely low income California households lack affordable homes.

Govenor Signs Jones – Sawyer Affordable Housing Bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif., – Governor Jerry Brown recently signed Assembly Bill 1765 authored by Assembly member Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer Sr. which seeks to increase the availability of affordable housing for low income individuals across California.

AB 1765 allows an individual to designate on his or her tax return a specified amount to be donated to the Habitat for Humanity Fund. The revenue raised through this tax check off can only be used for the sole purpose of building affordable housing throughout California.

South LA Oil Field Operator Allenco is Fined $99,000 By The EPA

(LOS ANGELES, CA) – On Wednesday, July 31, Allenco Energy Company agreed to pay a $99,000 penalty to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for violating federal environmental laws at an oil field near USC. The oil field is located in South Los Angeles, which is in the 59th Assembly District.

For some time, residents near the oil field complained of nose bleeds in children, asthma attacks, nausea, foul odors and several other respiratory illnesses. The surrounding residents include residential housing, day-care centers and schools.