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Connolly’s Body Armor Restriction Bill Signed into Law

The governor has signed AB92, Asssemblymember Connolly’s bill prohibiting sale of body armor to convicted criminals.

Sacramento, CA – Today Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assemblymember Damon Connolly’s (D-San Rafael) Assembly Bill (AB) 92, which will keep military-grade body armor out of the hands of convicted criminals.

Assemblymember Connolly Sends Robust Bill Package to Governor’s Desk

Seven bills authored by Assemblymember Connolly pass through the State Legislature and await approval from the governor.

SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblymember Damon Connolly (D-San Rafael) has passed seven of his authored Assembly Bills successfully through the State Legislature. These bills are now being considered by the governor, who has until the 14th of October to sign, approve, or veto each measure.

Assemblymember Connolly Sends Body Armor Restriction Bill to Governor’s Desk

AB 92 aims to update restrictions on body armor sale and use for anyone already ineligible to legally own a firearm.
SACRAMENTO, CA –  Assemblymember Damon Connolly (D-San Rafael) successfully passed Assembly Bill (AB) 92 out of the State Legislature. This bill will now head to Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk, where it will be considered to be officially signed into law. Should this bill be approved by the Governor, AB 92 will strengthen restrictions on purchases of body armor to ensure any individual who is already prohibited by California statute to possess a firearm cannot purchase or possess body armor. In recent years, violent criminals and perpetrators of mass shootings have increasingly used body armor, such as steel-plated bullet proof vests, to prolong violent rampages and gain an advantage on law enforcement. AB 92 serves to protect peace officers, emergency personnel, first responders, and community members who could become an innocuous bystander to an act of violence.

Connolly Passes Flavored Tobacco Ban Enforcement Bill Through Legislature

Assembly Bill 935 strengthens enforcement on the flavored tobacco ban law.
SACRAMENTO, CA –  Assemblymember Damon Connolly’s (D-San Rafael) Assembly Bill (AB) 935, which authorizes the California Department of Health and the Attorney General to better enforce the flavored tobacco ban pursuant to the Stop Tobacco Access to Kids Enforcement (STAKE) Act, has passed successfully through the State Legislature. The bill is now headed to the governor for approval. Senate Bill (SB) 793, which went into effect December of 2022, prohibits tobacco retailers from selling most flavored tobacco products. However, this law lacks sufficient enforcement to effectively enact the ban. Despite overwhelming support from voters for SB 793, flavored tobacco products continue to be sold in many stores across the state. As a result, teenagers in our community continue to have access to these dangerous products in spite of current regulations.

Assemblymember Connolly Sends Bill Streamlining Reporting Requirements for Organic Farmers to Governor’s Desk

AB 404 calls for an update to the redundancies in government agencies requiring reporting from organic farmers.
SACRAMENTO, CA –  Assemblymember Damon Connolly’s (D-San Rafael) bill requesting a reevaluation of the reporting requirements for organic farmers has passed successfully through the State Legislature, and is now headed to Governor Gavin Newsom for approval. If signed into law, Assembly Bill (AB) 404 will streamline the federal and state agencies to whom organic farmers must report, shifting the burden of reporting requirements away from individual businesses. This bill was drafted in response to duplicative reporting requirements that need to be evaluated for efficiency.

Assemblymember Connolly Passes First Bills to the Governor’s Desk

AB 319 (protection for mobile home residents) & AB 1109 (teen suicide prevention) pass with bipartisan support
SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, Assemblymember Damon Connolly’s (D-San Rafael) successfully passed his first two bills out of the State Legislature - Assembly Bill (AB) 319 and Assembly Bill (AB) 1109. These bills will now head to Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk for his consideration to be officially signed into law. If approved by the Governor, AB 319 will create protections for mobile home residents by strengthening conflict-of-interest practices for mobile home inspectors. AB 1109 addresses the tragic issue of teen-suicide by restricting the sale of sodium nitrite to minors, who have increasingly been purchasing this dangerous chemical online and using it to take their own lives.

Connolly Issues Response to Senate Decision to Block Pesticide Restriction Bill

AB 99 would have required Caltrans to respect local decisions banning the roadside spraying of deadly pesticides
SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, Assemblymember Damon Connolly issued a statement in response to the decision of the Senate Appropriations Committee’s to block the passage of Assembly Bill (AB) 99, a vital bill that would have protected public health and local ecosystems by restricting the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and their widespread program of spraying harmful pesticides alongside highways in counties that adopted official resolutions restricting the deployment of such chemicals. AB 99 was referred to the Senate’s Appropriations Committee, where it was made a “two-year-bill,” a stalling tactic that blocks its passage until the next legislative session, despite the bill garnering strong support in both houses and already passing through five committees and the Assembly Floor. There was no explanation from the Committee regarding this decision.

Assemblymember Connolly Calls on CalTrans to Fix Local Richmond Bridge

Assemblymember Connolly hosts Press Conference with local leaders about Richmond Bridge

SONOMA, CA - Yesterday morning, Assemblymember Damon Connolly (D-San Rafael) hosted a press conference in Richmond where he called on CalTrans and regional transportation officials to fix the Richmond-San Ra

Assemblymember Connolly Appointed as Chair of Joint Committee on Fairs Allocation and Classification

SACRAMENTO, CA – Speaker Robert Rivas has appointed Assemblymember Damon Connolly (D-San Rafael) to serve as Chair of the esteemed Joint Committee on Fairs Allocation and Classification. Assemblymember Connolly's appointment reflects his dedication to preserving California's rich agricultural traditions, promoting education, and enhancing community benefits across the state.

Assemblymember Connolly Congratulates Robert Rivas on Becoming New Speaker of the State Assembly

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, Assemblymember Damon Connolly (D-San Rafael) extends his warmest congratulations to Assemblymember Robert Rivas on being sworn in as the new Speaker of the Assembly. The appointment of Speaker Rivas marks a significant milestone in his distinguished political career and recognizes his unwavering commitment to serving the people of California.