Jimmy Gomez has been one of the most effective members of the California State Legislature. He has passed laws and carried bills to expand paid family leave, promote environmental justice, prevent domestic violence, protect Planned Parenthood, disclose money in political ads and stop President Trump’s anti-immigrant orders.
Jimmy received the Champion of Choice Award from Planned Parenthood in 2015 and the Green Leadership Award for “bold environmental leadership” from Green California, a coalition of over 100 environmental organizations.
Assemblymember Gomez has received the following awards for his leadership in the legislature:
Assemblymember Gomez Legislative Accomplishments:
- Green Leadership Award for “bold environmental leadership” from Green California, a coalition of over 100 environmental organizations.
- Habitat for Humanity California: Legacy Award, 2016
- Planned Parenthood Los Angeles: Champion of Choice Award, 2015
- Faculty Association of California Community Colleges: Freshman Legislator of the Year, 2014
- California Clean Money Campaign Champion, DISCLOSE Act, 2015
- Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters: Smith-Weiss Environmental Champion Award 2016
- Inner City Struggle: Felicitas & Gonzalo Mendez Leadership Award 2015
- East Los Business Association, Advocacy Award 2016
- United Nurses Associations of California, Community Leader of the Year 2013
- California Women in Agriculture Cornucopia Award, 2016
- Community Health Center Champion Award, 2016
- California Podiatric Medical Association 2014 Legislature of the Year
- California Community College EOPS Association Hero Award 2013 for AB 595
- Audubon Center, Debs Park: 2016 Puro Audubon Award
- California Victim Compensation Program, Excellence in Victims’ Rights Award 2014
SIGNED BY GOVERNOR BROWN – AB 908 (2015-16) – Paid Family Leave Expansion
AB 908 significantly expands California’s Paid Family Leave Program (PFL) by increasing wage replacement payments from 55% to 60% – 70%, depending on income level, to ensure that every individual who pays into this vital program can afford to use it. Currently, California’s first-in-the-nation PFL program provides workers with a 55% wage replacement for up to 6 weeks to bond with a new child or care for an ill family member. Although the program has benefited millions of Californians, its current benefit structure is fundamentally inaccessible to those on the lowest rungs of our state’s economic ladder. With AB 908, California will once again lead the nation in Paid Family Leave and ensure that the program works for all.
SIGNED BY GOVERNOR BROWN – AB 1671 (2015-16) – Planned Parenthood/Confidential Communications
AB 1671 protects the privacy and safety of doctors and other health care providers by making it a crime to disclose or distribute confidential electronic communications of health care providers that were recorded illegally without the consent of all parties. This bill balances the rights of privacy and the rights of free speech and is narrowly tailored to address the growing threat to healthcare providers.
SIGNED BY GOVERNOR BROWN – PASSED AB 1550 (2015-16) – GGRF/ Disadvantaged and Low-Income Communities
AB 1550 increases California’s investment in our most environmentally and socioeconomically disadvantaged communities. It requires at least 25 percent of the state’s cap-and-trade dollars to be invested directly within disadvantaged communities and at least 10 percent to benefit low-income households. Everyone deserves clean air and water, and AB 1550 will enable more Californians to power their homes with clean energy, obtain a clean vehicle rebate, green their neighborhoods, and participate in the green economy.
SIGNED BY GOVERNOR BROWN – AB 1685 (2015-16) – Volkswagen/ Increased Penalties for Violations
AB 1685 increases maximum penalties for violations such as the recent Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal. These penalties have not changed since they were first established in the 1970s when cars cost a fraction of what they do now. Despite California’s strict emissions standards and worst-in-the-nation air pollution, the state’s penalty levels have trailed far behind those at the federal level for similar violations. AB 1685 brings California’s penalties for mobile source violations in line with their federal counterparts to deter bad actors, prevent unfair competition for car manufacturers who follow the rules, and protect our air quality and public health.
SIGNED BY GOVERNOR BROWN – AB 1937 (2015-16) – Environmental Justice in Energy Procurement
AB 1937 will ensure that California’s highly-polluted communities see less fossil fuel generation and more clean and renewable energy. If an investor-owned utility must procure new gas-fired generation, this bill requires the utility to give preference to resources that are not located in communities that have borne the brunt of multiple pollution burdens for decades.
It also clarifies existing law as it relates to eligible renewable resources to ensure that as California moves towards a clean energy economy, our underserved communities are not left behind.
SIGNED BY GOVERNOR BROWN – AB 1230 (2015-16) – ADA Compliance Financing for Small Businesses
Creates the California Americans with Disabilities Small Business Capital Access Loan Program to assist small businesses in qualifying for loans to retrofit existing facilities to comply with the federal American with Disabilities Act (ADA).
SIGNED BY GOVERNOR BROWN – AB 1177 (2015-16) – Access to Reproductive Care
Repeals an outdated regulation for a primary care clinic to have a written transfer agreement with a nearby hospital as a condition of licensure. Additionally, requires specific patient information to be transferred with the patient when moving a patient from a clinic to a nearby hospital for emergency treatment.
CURRENTLY REINTRODUCED – AB 700 (2015-16) – Campaign Disclosure Reform
The California Disclose Act would have required all ballot measure committees and PACs supporting or opposing candidates to display the names of their top three true funders no matter how many layers of front committees they try to hide behind. The measure was designed to shine light on Dark Money and require the true funders of political ads to be disclosed on the ads themselves. This measure, which has been reintroduced in the new legislative session as AB 14, failed passage last session due to the failure of State Senate Republicans to cast one vote for the bill, despite overwhelming support from the public, including petition signatures from more than 106,000 Californians.
SIGNED BY GOVERNOR BROWN – AB 2000 (2013-14) – Immigrants:
Qualifying for In-state tuition Allows students to access in-state non-resident tuition when they complete at least 3 years’ worth of high school credit. Previously, the law required these students, often referred to as “AB 540 students,” to complete three full years of high school, along with certain other requirements. This bill allows an “AB 540 student” who is excelling quicker than the average high school student to qualify for AB 540 status as an “AB 540 student” if they complete three years’ worth of credit or three full years of high school, middle school or elementary school along with obtaining a high school degree.
SIGNED BY GOVERNOR BROWN – AB 1147 (2013-14) – Massage Parlor Reform: Returning the voice to communities
This bill fixes a prior law that took away the ability of local governments and neighborhoods to say no to where and how many massage parlors can operate in their areas. A significant number of these new massage parlors served simply as fronts for prostitution, and often involving human trafficking. The legislation requires ongoing training in massage therapy in the remaining massage businesses, creates better oversight on the businesses, and returns decision-making back to the local level – where it belongs.