(Sacramento, CA) – The first two of Assemblymember James C. Ramos’s (D – Highland) bills, AB 1183 setting accountability for vessel operators and AB 1662 providing equity to Native American tribes to reclaim ancestral human remains and cultural items head to Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk to be signed into law.
“I’m proud of the collaboration I’ve been able to have with my colleagues to get both of these bills through the Assembly and Senate to be signed into law. Clarifying who is held accountable when operating a boat reduces risky behavior on our waterways and gives local law enforcement the ability to patrol our waters. And giving Native American tribes greater equity and rights to reclaim their ancestral artifacts will go a long way in repairing the relationship with tribes and the state of California,” said Assemblymember Ramos.
AB 1183 is a bipartisan bill joint-authored with Assemblymember Jay Obernolte (R – Hesperia) and sponsored by the California State Sheriff’s Association. The measure ensures that those who engage in reckless and dangerous behavior are held to account. It is not uncommon to find minors operating a vessel under the supervision of an adult who is under the influence. By closing the loophole of defining who is the operator, adults can now be held criminally liable for operating a vessel under the influence or for other violations, should an unlicensed, underage person be driving the boat.
AB 1662, joint-authored with Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D – San Diego) who is also Alaskan Native American, will add an additional member of a California Native American tribe to the University of California Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Committee (Cal NAGPRA). This committee was established in 2001 to assist tribes reclaim ancestral human remains and cultural items, consisting of appointees with powers to mediate disputes, subpoena, and to levy civil penalties. Repatriation can be a major undertaking and complex process, and the addition of an additional voting member will give California Native Americans greater voice in recovering the remains and items of their ancestors.
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Contact: Brendan Wiles (909) 476-5023
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Assemblymember James Ramos proudly represents the 40th Assembly district which includes Highland, Loma Linda, Mentone, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, and San Bernardino.
Assemblymember James Ramos secured $16 million in state funding for the 40th Assembly District in the 2019-20 State Budget. Click here to read more.