Press Release

Thursday, July 27, 2017

With all the attention this year rightly focused on protecting the Affordable Care Act, we need to remember that the quality of patient care is also an important issue. For the 10,000 African-Americans in California who depend on the life-saving treatment of dialysis, quality can’t afford to be overlooked.

People with kidney failure need dialysis for the rest of their lives unless they can get a transplant, which means they must visit a dialysis clinic three days a week to have their blood emptied, cleaned and returned. 

African-Americans are disproportionately affected by kidney failure. While we make up 6.5 percent of the nation’s population, African-Americans comprise 15 percent of all dialysis patients.

Friday, July 7, 2017

(Los Angeles) — Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles) hosted a packed Town Hall on Commercial Cannabis at the Roy A. Anderson Recreation Center in Exposition Park, marking the first of its kind, in the predominately diverse community. Joined by panel of who’s who in state policy and regulation of this new industry, state partners included Lori Ajax, Chief of the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation; California Department of Food and Agriculture; Division of Food, Drug and Cannabis Safety, California Department of Public Health; California Governor’s office of GO-Biz; and the Director of California Department of Consumer Affairs.

The Assemblymember reiterated the states focus on setting the bar on safety and productivity when it comes to cannabis here in California stating, "It is my belief that California will have the best regulated market, not only in this country but the world.”

Thursday, June 15, 2017

(Sacramento) Today, Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer, Sr. (D-Los Angeles) presented AB 785 in the Senate Public Safety Committee and received unanimous support from the Senators to bar individuals convicted of a hate crime from owning a gun.

AB 785, the Disarm Hate Act, will close the loophole that exists within our gun control laws by adding hate crimes to the list of misdemeanors that result in a ban on the right to possess a firearm for ten years after being convicted.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

(Sacramento) Today, Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer, Sr. (D-Los Angeles) presented AB 493 in the Senate Public Safety Committee and received unanimous votes to prohibit law enforcement from detaining a crime victim or witness solely for an actual or suspected immigration violation. 

Monday, May 8, 2017

(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer, Sr. (D-Los Angeles) and the Members of the Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men are calling for the creation of a grant program with initial funds at $10 million, and continued funding of programs proven to be successful at helping young men of color succeed.

Monday, April 10, 2017

(Los Angeles, CA) — Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles) joins a rally to support AB 1520, which is authored by Assemblymember Autumn Burke (D-Inglewood). AB 1520 commits California to a groundbreaking framework that will reduce the state’s child poverty rate by 50% over the next twenty years if signed into law.

Friday, February 17, 2017

(Sacramento) – A host of past and present members of the California Legislative Black Caucus were on hand in the State Assembly for the 2017 celebration of Black History Month. Among them was the legendary Speaker Emeritus Willie L. Brown Junior. The former Assembly Speaker noted it had been 22 years since he wielded the gavel in the Assembly and praised the CLBC for its efforts to improve the lives of African-Americans and all people in California.