Press Releases

De Leon’s Assembly Joint Resolutions Urging Congress To Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform And Uniting American Families Act Passes The Assembly Floor

July 01, 2010

Assembly Joint Resolution 37 and 15, authored by Assemblymember Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), were approved by the Assembly Floor with a 45-17 (AJR 37) and 44-24 (AJR 15) party line vote and will now be transmitted to the United States Congress and President Barack Obama. 

AJR 37 urges the President of the United States and Congress to take a comprehensive and workable approach to solving our nation’s broken immigration system by creating a path to citizenship for the millions of immigrants working and living in the United States. 

Assembly Urges Congress And The President To Fix The Country’s Broken Immigration System

April 29, 2010

On the heels of Presdient Obama’s statement today that there may not be an “appetite to tackle immigration this year” the Assembly passed Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 37 by Assemblymember Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) by a partisan vote of 43 to 21.  The measure urges the President and Congress to take immediate action to develop a comprehensive and workable approach to improving the nation’s immigration system.

De León Introduces Legislation Prohibiting Taxpayers’ Money To Be Used For Junk Science

March 25, 2010

One week after the non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office ripped a taxpayer funded report by faculty members at Sacramento State University, Assemblymember Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) who requested the report, introduced legislation to prohibit any future state contracts with public or private universities or their faculty for research that isn’t subject to minimum academic standards including peer review.  Earlier this week, De León also wrote the president of Sacramento State University informing him that he will oppose any future state contracts for research with Sacramento State until the university adopts academic standards such as peer review to ensure that taxpayers aren’t being bilked for junk science. 

National Rifle Association Fails In Its Attempt To Repeal AB 962

March 23, 2010

Assemblymember Kevin de León (D- Los Angeles), author of AB 962, testified in the Assembly Public Safety committee today against AB 1663, a bill sponsored by the National Rifle Association (NRA) to repeal AB 962.  Assembly Bill 1663 would have repealed requirements established by AB 962 to provide a thumb print, show identification by customers when purchasing ammunition, require face-to-face transactions, and store ammunition in a secure manner.

Legislative Analyst Rips Global Warming Study Used By Texas Oil Companies Attempting To Repeal AB 32

March 18, 2010

Assemblymember Kevin de León, Chair of the Assembly Appropriations Committee, today released an analysis by the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) on the validity of the Varshney studies by Sanjay Varshney, Dean of Sacramento State College of Business Administration, that claim extraordinary costs associated with the implementation of AB 32, California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act and state regulations.  Proponents of an initiative to repeal AB 32 frequently cite this study (www.suspendab32.org) and, in fact, reference its findings in the initiative itself which is currently being circulated for voter signatures. 

Assembly Member De León Urges State Board of Education to Protect Over $50 Million for Los Angeles Area Students

March 11, 2010

Assembly Member Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) urged the State Board of Education to take action today to approve the three Quality Education Investment Act (QEIA) waiver requests that were submitted by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD):

“Bottom line, these funds belong to the students—these students were selected for the QEIA program, and they should not be penalized because they have the opportunity to transfer to new, state-of-the-art facilities that are opening in their neighborhoods.”

Low To Moderate Income Residents To Receive Free Tax Preparation

February 22, 2010

Los Angeles, CA-Assembly Member Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles) and LA City Council Member Ed P. Reyes will host a Free Tax Preparation seminar for low to moderate-income city residents.

Tax preparation will be done by appointment only. Residents are required to call 323-225-4545 to schedule an appointment and must bring a Photo ID, Social Security Card or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number for all family members, all W-2s and 1099s if appropriate.

LAO Issues Report Exposing Job Killer Tax Loophole

January 14, 2011

Senator Kevin de León Announces Plan to Kill the Loophole

(Sacramento, CA) Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) today released a report by the Legislative Analyst Office (LAO) showing that a new tax law taking effect this year rewards corporations for locating jobs out of California and even provides a tax break to California employers who ship jobs out-of-state.