Press Releases

Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer Notes Significant Wins in State’s Budget for AD 59 and Statewide Public Safety and Cultural Programs

Sacramento, California – (July 1, 2022) – Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer’s  (D-South Los Angeles) work on budget matters to support programs and services within the 59th Assembly District include major funding for the arts, science programs, community groups along with stte funding to help combat smash-and-grab crimes while supporting further study on reparations.

California Moves One Step Closer to Licensing Bounty Hunters

(Sacramento) Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer’s (D-South Los Angeles) Assembly Bill (AB) 2043, sponsored by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, has passed both Senate Insurance and Senate Public Safety Committees. This bill requires all bail fugitive recovery agents, colloquially known as bounty hunters, to become licensed by the state.

Chair of the Assembly's Public Safety Committee and Member of the Select Committee on Uplifting Girls and Woman of Color, Reggie Jones-Sawyer, Statement on Roe v. Wade Ruling

(Los Angeles, California – June 24, 2022) – Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer (D-South Los Angeles) responds to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

"The ruling by the conservative faction of the U.S. Supreme Court to end decades of settled law in America, and thereby negating a woman's right to choose care for her own body, is a travesty.

Statement On Governor Newsom’s May Revise Budget

I applaud the Governor’s continued focus on providing resources to struggling Californians affected by the pandemic. The fact that California has an historic budget surplus of $95.7 billion, at a time when a global pandemic caused serious disruption in the global economy, education, and public health and safety, places us in a unique position to support the needs of residents.

Statement on Deadly National Shootings

Buffalo, Milwaukee, Orange County, and Los Angeles. All had shootings this weekend. Each ended in deadly tragedy. Whether it is a White supremacist, or someone suffering from a different mental illness, the fact that they can acquire assault weapons, guns, and ammunition with ease is unacceptable. As my prayers are with those devastated by these senseless acts of violence, my resolve is to work on comprehensive gun control to protect us from further heartache.

New Anti-Theft Bill Provides Additional Tools to Law Enforcement

(Sacramento, California) – Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-South Los Angeles) has introduced a bill that gives law enforcement additional tools to arrest individuals alleged to have committed an organized retail theft crime, also known as smash-and-grab, in-lieu of issuing a written notice or citation.

New ID Bill Would Bring Life Changing Access to Immigrant and Disabled Communities

(Sacramento, California) – Assemblymembers Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-South Los Angeles), Assemblymember Mark Stone (Monterey Bay), Assemblymember Robert Rivas (D-Salinas), and Assemblymember Mike Gipson (D-Carson), have jointly authored AB 1766 that will expand California Identification Card (CA ID) eligibility to all Californians, regardless of their immigration status.

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.