Statement on the Retirement of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer

The announcement by Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer that he will retire at the end of the court’s session this year creates an historic opportunity for President Biden to fill the seat with a Black woman.

Several well qualified names are currently floating about, and each would be a great addition to the high court.

Statement on the Passing of Congressman (Ret.) Esteban E. Torres

Esteban E. Torres was an incredible individual. For those of who knew him the Congressman Torres’s passing is a painful loss. An iconic labor and community leader, he opened doors for a future generation of Latino leaders and was a mentor to an untold number of activists and elected officials. I offer my condolences to his friends and family.

Free College Bill Moves to Assembly Floor for a Vote

AB 295 Would Afford Californians Access to Higher Education

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer’s (D-South Los Angeles) Assembly Bill (AB) 295, has passed through the Assembly’s Appropriations Committee and now heads to the Assembly Floor for a full vote.

Juneteenth would become a paid holiday for California state workers under new proposal

Juneteenth could become a California state holiday under a new proposal from Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer, D-Los Angeles.

Jones-Sawyer on Friday introduced the proposal, which would give state workers a 12th paid holiday. California has recognized Juneteenth as a holiday since 2003, but hasn’t given state workers the day off.

The holiday would fall on June 19, the day in 1865 when slaves in Texas learned they had been freed.

Prayer Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Lord,

We gather in this chamber to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a warrior of love and truth. Dr. King, through his actions and life’s work, has shown us the essence of humanity – striving towards unconditional lov  e for one another, working to change unjust laws, and serving those most in need.

Legislative Leaders Seek to Make Juneteenth A Paid State Holiday

(Sacramento – January 14, 2022) – Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-South Los Angeles) introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 1655 to establish June 19, also known as Juneteenth, as a paid state holiday to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. This occurs on the same day that the California State Assembly honors the late civil rights pioneer and icon Reverend Dr.

Statement by Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer on Proposed California Budget

As Chair of the Assembly’s Public Safety Committee, I am pleased to see programs I am spearheading have additional funding from the Governor.  This includes much needed resources to support law enforcement via my bill AB 331, which helps to curb smash and grab crimes by instituting felony convictions in contrast to Prop. 47.