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Senate approves Ramos bill to create first statewide Office of Suicide Prevention amidst COVID-19 crisis

SACRAMENTO – A bill to establish the first statewide Office of Suicide Prevention was passed unanimously today by the state Senate on a 36 to 0 vote.

Assemblymember James C. Ramos (D-Highland) said his measure, AB 2112, would help California meet the state’s suicide crisis now exacerbated by the novel coronavirus pandemic, which adds greater urgency to the need for the bill. “I appreciate the strong bipartisan support this measure received. It was a moving testament to the need to reduce suicide rates in California,” Ramos said.

Ramos bill to allow more California tribes to recover ancestor remains and artifacts heads to governor

UPDATE: As of approximately 10:15 p.m. on Sunday, August 30, the Assembly concurred in the Senate amendments. The measure will now be sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom for his review. He has until September 30, 2020 to approve or veto AB 275.

SACRAMENTO--California’s Senate today approved a bill on a 39 to 0 vote to strengthen and clarify the process for repatriating California Native American remains and artifacts held by various institutions such as the University of California system.

Ramos bill to create first statewide Office of Suicide Prevention clears Senate committee as state sees hotline calls increase during pandemic

SACRAMENTO –The Senate Health Committee today approved a measure to create the first statewide Office of Suicide Prevention on an 8 to 0 vote.  

Assemblymember James C. Ramos (D-Highland) introduced AB 2112 in early February, and observed that since then the novel coronavirus crisis has added new urgency to suicide prevention efforts.

Ramos Native American land acknowledgment bill progresses in Senate

SACRAMENTO— The Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water today approved a measure to encourage public schools, parks, libraries and museums to acknowledge past tribal guardianship of lands where their facilities are located.  

Assemblymember James C. Ramos (D-Highland) said the voluntary proposal, AB 1968, will advance awareness of Native Americans’ presence throughout California.  “It is also a means to help educate Californians and others about Native Americans,” Ramos said.

Bill to remove barriers to Native American voter access clears first Senate committee

SACRAMENTO—A proposal to help Native Americans gain greater access to the electoral process was approved today on a 5-0 vote by the Senate Committee on Elections and Constitutional Amendments.

The bill, AB 2314, by Assemblymember James C. Ramos (D-Highland) would require the Secretary of State to create a Native American Voting Accessibility Committee to:

Lawmakers ask Capitol leaders to ‘pause’ in determining future of toppled Serra statue

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember James C. Ramos (D-Highland) and Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) yesterday asked the Legislature’s administrative committees to obtain input from an advisory group that includes historians and California Native Americans before determining the fate of the Junípero Serra statue taken down on Capitol grounds by protestors on July 4.