Press Releases

Friday, February 14, 2020

Today’s announcement by Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey to dismiss nearly 70,000 marijuana related convictions dating back as far as the 1960’s is a step in the right direction in applying fairness under the law.

Individuals charged with possession and/or distribution, prior to the voter approved enactment of 2016’s Proposition 64, have paid a severe price having been charged with a felony, lessening their ability to obtain employment or find proper housing.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Landlords Will Be Assessed Penalties for Providing Space to Illegal Shops

LOS ANGELES, California – (February 6, 2020) – A new law (AB 2094) proposed by Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-South Los Angeles) would increase fines up to fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) per violation for landlords who knowingly provide space to cannabis dispensary shops operating without proper licensing from the state, county and/or city.

“As the Chair of the Assembly Public Safety Committee, I am concerned about the prevalence of the illicit cannabis market,” said Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer. “The voters and the Legislature have spent time and careful consideration in drafting regulations that ensure the health and safety of Californians.  Law-abiding businesses have spent time and resources to become compliant with cannabis regulations yet are struggling to compete with the illegal market because they can offer a cheaper product to consumers. This measure is crucial to helping the legal cannabis market grow in California and rewarding businesses that play by the rules.”

Thursday, January 16, 2020

by Assemblymember Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr.

The work accomplished in the fight for civil rights justice and equality by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., lifts us all. We owe a debt of gratitude to Dr. King for his endeavors and the sacrifices he made in leading the movement that so many have benefitted from over the decades.

Dr. King showed how political engagement and coalition building help establish positive movements. He gave us the road map on how civil disobedience can highlight injustice in the law. These tools remain the most effective ways to raise your voice when confronting racism and discrimination.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Participants Will Learn How to Navigate and Utilize Financial and Banking Tools

LOS ANGELES, California – The inaugural cohort of Assemblyman Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr.’s Youth Leadership Program will kick-off 2020 on Saturday, January 18 with a discussion and presentation on financial literacy. The program, which includes high school participants living within the 59th Assembly District, will gather at the Assemblymember’s district office located at 700 Exposition Park Drive in Los Angeles.

“The program will introduce these students to a variety of issues and topics helping to raise their perspectives and understanding on how banking, public policy, career access and advancement work,” said Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer.

Friday, January 10, 2020

By Assemblyman Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr.

As of January 1, 2020, California’s Education and Penal Codes will no longer use the term “at-risk” to recognize, label or identify any student or student population attending our state’s public schools.

AB 413, eliminates the negative terminology and stigma associated with categorizing students as ‘at-risk’ and alters the language to a positive, reinforcing phrase that matches the child’s potential as an at-promise student.

Friday, January 10, 2020

“The January 7, 2020 article by the Los Angeles Times, ‘Officers falsely portrayed people as gang members, falsified records, LAPD says’ is another example of why the rights of average citizens, especially those of color, must be guarded and protected against abuse of power including institutional racism, racial profiling and bigotry.

If the allegations against the officers are found to be true, they must be held accountable for their actions in attempting to disrupt and destroy the lives of those affected by false reporting.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019


(Sacramento – September 17, 2019,)   – In a major step forward to give all California job applicants a fair chance, this morning the California Assembly passed Assembly Concurrent Resolution 125 with unanimous bipartisan support.