Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel Responds to False and Misleading Attacks By Anti-Choice Activists

SACRAMENTO – In light of recent false and misleading attacks by anti-choice activists, Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D – San Fernando Valley) today spoke out about Assembly Bill (AB) 624, which would require schools serving grades 7-12, as well as institutions of higher education, to include the phone numbers for sexual assault, domestic violence, and reproductive healthcare hotlines on student ID cards. AB 624 builds on SB 972, signed into law by Governor Brown in 2018, which requires that schools provide the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on student ID cards.

In recent days, numerous anti-choice activists and publications have attacked AB 624—which applies to both public and private schools—as unconstitutional and have argued that the legislation would “forc[e] every student to join an abortion sales team” and is intended to promote and “reward” Planned Parenthood for supporting Assemblymember Gabriel’s campaign.

ASSEMBLYMEMBER JESSE GABRIEL HONORS MICHELLE FUENTES-MIRANDA AS WOMAN OF THE YEAR FOR THE WEST SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

ASSEMBLYMEMBER JESSE GABRIEL HONORS MICHELLE FUENTES-MIRANDA AS WOMAN OF THE YEAR FOR THE WEST SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

SACRAMENTO – In a ceremony today at the State Capitol in Sacramento, Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel honored Michelle Fuentes-Miranda as Woman of the Year for her service to the West San Fernando Valley.  Today’s events included a lunch with members of the Legislature, presentation of a legislative proclamation, and a special ceremony on the floor of the State Assembly.

Fuentes-Miranda is the Founder and President of the Alliance for Community Empowerment (ACE), a community-based nonprofit in Canoga Park that seeks to empower underserved communities by providing young people facing challenges with education, vocational programming, mentorship, and leadership training.  She is also President of the Canoga Park Neighborhood Council and the founder of the Council’s Homelessness Solutions Committee.

New labeling proposed for medications

Law to prevent taking wrong drugs

Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D-San Fernando Valley) recently introduced legislation to protect patients by requiring physicians to include the purpose of any prescription medication on the medication’s label, unless the patient opts out.

Labeling medications will help to avoid confusion and reduce the risk of adverse drug events—including medication errors, adverse or allergic reactions, and overdoses for patients taking multiple medications, said Gabriel, whose district includes Calabasas.

The bill is known as AB 387.

Bills would provide more financial aid to California college students

(As excerpted from the San Francisco Chronicle)

More relief for the heavy costs of college — fees, books, food and housing — could become available for California students under two bills introduced Thursday in the Legislature.

AB542 would add 3,000 additional grants to the Competitive Cal Grant program for low-income students, which turns away thousands of qualified students, according to a statement by Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel, D-Van Nuys, who introduced the bill.

“For my family and so many others, California’s public higher education system was a ticket into the middle class,” Gabriel said in a statement. “We must ensure that our young people have access to the education they need to secure good jobs.”

ASSEMBLYMEMBER JESSE GABRIEL INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO MAKE COLLEGE MORE ACCESSIBLE FOR CALIFORNIA STUDENTS

SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D – San Fernando Valley) introduced legislation to increase financial aid for California residents who are admitted to one of California’s public universities or colleges.  This legislation—which has been designated Assembly Bill (AB) 542—would expand the Competitive Cal Grant program by providing 3,000 new scholarships each year to California residents who demonstrate financial need and meet certain academic requirements.  According to the California Student Aid Commission, the Competitive Cal Grant Program is greatly oversubscribed and does not provide financial aid to thousands of California residents who meet the eligibility requirements.

On guns, California wants to be a model for states. Should that matter to Pennsylvania?

As excerpted from the Philadelphia Inquirer

Background checks for ammunition sales. A lifetime gun ownership ban on anyone convicted of domestic violence. A sales limit of one gun per person per month.

Those are among the restrictive new laws and proposals that could reduce gun violence in California. The state already has stricter gun-control laws than most; legislators said this week they hope to position their state as a model for the rest of the nation.

California’s Democratic Supermajority Plans Raft of New Gun Control Laws

As excerpted from the Times of San Diego

California already has 109 laws on the books that regulate the use of firearms, more gun-control rules than any other state. More, it seems, are on the way.

Last week an all-Democratic contingent of lawmakers announced plans to send a raft of new gun-related bills to the governor before the end of the legislative session. The 16 lawmakers were joined by former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, a gun control advocate and mass shooting survivor, along with representatives of the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

California Lawmakers Banding Together For Stricter Gun Laws

A group of 16 Democratic lawmakers in California are banding together for stricter gun laws. At the state capitol this week, Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel of San Fernando Valley announced the group and said it aims to craft new legislation:

California Democrats Unite to Strengthen Gun Control Laws

As excerpted from US News & World Report

DEMOCRATIC California lawmakers joined former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona Monday to announce the creation of a gun violence working group.

The group, comprised of 16 members of both the state Assembly and state senate, met with Giffords, who survived a mass shooting in 2011, for a roundtable before they held the press conference.

The lawmakers have voiced concern over Washington's lack of response to the nation's growing gun violence and are proposing laws such as new taxes on firearms and monthly limits on gun purchases, according to Courthouse News Service.

"Thoughts and prayers from Washington won't keep our kids safe," Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel said Monday. "What we need are common-sense gun laws that will protect our schools, our families and our communities."